I’m so excited to show you this one! I’ve always loved Anthropologie’s curvy, pastel vases with statement flowers, so I decided to try something similar on my own. I bought a glass cylinder for literally $1 and gathered a few inexpensive craft supplies and ended up with a super chic candle/pen holder that makes me smile every time I look. Here’s why: I never thought EVA foam could look chic! Never, ever, ever. Yet, 2 coats of varnish later, here it is 🙂
I’ll go over my steps:
- Draw 3 different petal sizes onto white EVA foam (also known sometimes as “foamy”)
- Cut out as many petals of each kind as you need (depending on the size of your flower)
- Use a glue gun or UHU glue to join the left & right bottom edges and form a curvy petal shape. I’ll be honest: if you have enough time to wait, do use UHU. Otherwise, you WILL probably get burned a bit with the hot glue. I mean, it’s bad, but that’s the risk you take any time you use a hot glue gun! On the bright side, you’ll save a lot of time 🙂
- Assemble your flower glueing all your petals to an EVA foam circle. When you finish the first row, repeat with the medium sized petals and then the smallest ones.
- Protect your finished flower. I used 2 products here: regular white school glue and a high gloss varnish. You can also use epoxy resin (if you know how to mix/apply it) or just a couple more layers of glue.
- Get started with your glass container. I love mint, so I mixed 10 parts of white acrylic paint to 1 blue and 1 yellow. Just eyeball it: it’s a white base with a couple of drops of blue and yellow. You can also buy acrylic paint in the specific hue you like. This is useful if you’re planning on painting more than one item. It’ll take a good 4-5 layers to really cover the glass.
- Protect your glass container with varnish. In my case, I was going to put a candle inside, so it was extra important to cover it.
- Glue your flower onto your container — & you’re done!
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