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She’s Crafty: Put a Chevron on It

August 31, 2011
by thenestinggame

Gotta put this out there. I am not crafty. I attempt to make things look cute, but in terms of taking placemats and turning them into tapestries with nothing but nail polish and toothpicks, well, that ain’t my forte. In third grade art class I used to a) copy whatever my BFF Campbell was doing and b) always add that one FINAL touch that messed the whole thing up.

So, as someone who WANTS to be more crafty now, I’ve had to really convince myself to take it slow, do it right and not take the easy way out.

And then this weekend I totally threw that out the window and decided to decorate a vase in like, 10 minutes.

I started here.

Actually, rewind. I started HERE.

Ah, wedding crafts. I do not miss you.

I bought a bunch of vases in anticipation of doing my own centerpieces. Luckily, we brought in the pros to handle it, but I spent a Sunday afternoon in February spray painting my little heart out.

So back to my basement.

I covered the white vase with Frog Tape.

I decided to put a chevron on it! So I got a handy dandy ruler and drew some zigs and zags, using the width of the tape as my guide.

Then–ugh, more ruler math–I marked points 3/4 of an inch from the peaks and valleys of the existing line. I was going for a skinny, less perfect chevron. (Since I know that the word “perfect” is never associated with any of my crafts.)


I connected the dots and got this. I didn’t pre-measure the number of chevrons and the diameter of the vase, so some of the corner lines were a tad steep, but hey—that’s how you know it was made with love in someone’s basement and not in a factory in China.

Then, came the exacto. I used the ruler again and trimmed around the two lines, being careful to come to a point on the corners.

I made sure the tape was adhering well around the cutouts, then I went outside and hit it with some blue spraypaint. After the second coat, I peeled the tape off before it could dry.

Add some monochromatic flowers, and voila.


You can see the vase isn’t totally opaque. I’d say that was intentional, but it’s only because the inside of the vase is unpainted. I call it a happy accident. I like the translucent qualities.

Here’s a close-up of the chevrons.

See? Not perfect. But I’m okay with that.

And hopefully so is the family who is living the Sea life. I took the flowers over to their new place on Saturday. It’s looking amazing!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    August 31, 2011 1:52 pm

    Very cool – impressed!

  2. katherine permalink
    August 31, 2011 6:55 pm

    Molly, I’ve been meaning to comment forever, but i love, love, love your blog. your design sense is just amazing and i love the projects you do and the explanations you give — you have a way of making design accessible and understandable which is hard to do, i think.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 31, 2011 9:31 pm

      Thank you, Katherine! What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate it. Hope you are well in Philly!

  3. August 31, 2011 11:59 pm

    What is this “Chevron,” of which you speak? I am so not in the know that I would say this is “Charlie Brown chic!”

    At any rate, supes cute. And done without the Michael’s paint pens that take over the lives of so many sorority-house dwellers.

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