This DIY vase is made from totally reclaimed materials, and it even has a grid top to make arranging your flowers super easy!
A grid top is the key to making a flower arrangement that will stay put. The grid nests right into the top of the DIY vase and keeps those stems in place. There are lots of ways to make a grid top, but since I wanted this project to be 100 percent upcycled, I went with creating my own grid using a plastic iced coffee cup from my recycle bin and a mason jar lid ring.
The other thing that I love about this vase is that it makes use of another mason jar lid. It turns out that a mason jar lid ring nests perfectly into the top of a tin can, creating the frame for the removable grid top.
Upcycled DIY Vase with a Grid Top
+ empty 15 ounce tin can, cleaned and with the label removed
+ regular mouth mason jar lid ring
+ spray paint in the color of your choice (I used white, because I had a can in my stash.)
+ scrap paper or cardboard to paint on
+ used, cleaned plastic cup
+ permanent marker
+ hammer and a large nail
+ scrap wood
+ hot glue gun and glue
+ fresh flowers, herbs, etc for your arrangement
1. Make sure that your can and ring are totally dry, then take them outside and give them a nice, even coating of spray paint. Leave those things outside to dry.
2. Use your scissors to cut six 1/4? strips from the side of your coffee cup.
3. Arrange your grid inside your mason lid ring. I found that this was easiest when the ring wasn’t sitting inside of the tin can. Use your scissors to trim your plastic strips down, so that each one nestles into the lid. Mine worked well when I cut four pieces to 2 1/4″ long and the other two pieces to 2 5/8″ long.
4. Use your glue gun to glue the plastic grid pieces to the inside of your mason jar lid ring. Let this dry completely.
5. To arrange your flowers, fill the can about 1/3 of the way with water, drop the ring contraption into the top, and place 1-2 flowers into each grid hole (depending on how thick the stems are).
Reprinted with permission from Crafting a Green World.