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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Copper Bud Vase and It's Craft Month!

{Copper pipe flower vase}
How to Make a Vase from Copper Pipe | Crafting in the Rain #copper

March is National Craft month. Naturally I wanted to find a way to celebrate--so with the help of several blog friends we're giving you a whole month of craft ideas! I present to you the A-Z of Craft Month series. 

Every Tuesday this month I'll post a new list of talented bloggers who have each taken one letter of the alphabet with the assignment to create a project based on that letter. Please go visit them!

National Craft Month | Crafting in the Rain

A is for Antlers || Grey Luster Girl

B is for Button || Ameroonie Designs

C is for Copper pipe vase || Crafting in the Rain

D is for Doily wreath || The Creative Mom

E is for Embroidered hoop || Flamingo Toes

F is for Flower gears || Sowdering About in Seattle

G is for Glitter || Ginger Snap Crafts

Since I had the letter C I headed to Home Depot and picked up the following items:
  • copper air chamber (12 x 1/2 inch) ~$2
  • package of tube clips (1/2 inch) ~$2
  • a piece of wood from their discount pile ~75c
  • some small screws ~$1
Copper Pipe Craft

I had them cut about 5 inches off the top of the copper tube for me.

Back at home I rubbed the copper tube with some steel wool to shine it up a bit at take off the discoloration at the bottom. 

I cut the wood to be 5 x 7 inches.

Gray Board with White Paint | Crafting in the Rain

I first painted it with a watered down gray.  When that was dry I smeared a bit of Vaseline on the corners and around the edges and then painted with white. After the white dried I used paper towels and a bit of steel wool to rub some of the white paint off. The final picture shows the little holes I drilled after marking each hole with a pencil (Lay the pipe down on the wood and press two clips down around it)

Position the tube and clips on the wood and attach with screws.

Copper Pipe Flower Vase | Crafting in the Rain

The last step is to make it stand up.  I cut a small block of wood, painted it gray, and glued it to the back about 1/8 inch above the bottom, so it will lean back just a tiny bit when it's sitting.  I used E6000 adhesive and clamped it for 3 hours.

Add in a bit of water, a few blossoms, and your beautiful copper vase is ready to display.  

Do you like it?  What do you think I should do with the leftover 5 inch tube?

Copper Vase How To | Crafting in the Rain  Cute and easy!

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  1. Thank you so much for organizing this series! :) Can't wait to see everyone's projects! Love yours! I would of never of thought to do that! :)

  2. This is so cool Steph!! I think it is really creative! Thank you for organizing the series too - this is so fun!

  3. Who would have thought?! What a novel way to use copper pipe! Thanks again for putting this series together. It will be fun to see all the other projects!

  4. So glad you stopped by, Steph, it's given me a chance to discover your beautiful blog. Love the copper pipe vase - unique and practical! I'm going to have fun exploring your site. Have a great day.

  5. Love this project and excited to be a part of the series with the letter "P!"

  6. Ah! Love this! Seriously I've got to get some copper pipe in my life. Just missed it for the round-up, darn. Pinning for sure. (Love the idea for this series too. So fun!)

  7. What a fun and modern way to use copper pipe! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  8. This is adorable! So creative!! Thanks for sharing at Moonlight & Mason Jars! Pinning!