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How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

I feel a concrete kick coming on again, after this concrete bookend project and this candle votive DIY. And I’m kind of loving it. Apparently…

Because I have another concrete DIY to share today and this one is my favorite yet. Might have something to do with the fact that it involves flowers.

I made this super easy DIY concrete vase (remember the sneak peek on IG last week?) and had to share the tutorial because it’s so freakin’ easy. Also, spring! And flowers!

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube


mailing tube // small juice glass // cooking spray // plastic bucket // bucket (that is okay to get messed up) // rapid setting cement mix // water // trowel or wooden spoon for mixing

How To:

1. Add the cement mix to a bucket, and stir in water. You’ll need 4 parts cement to 1 part water. Mix well.

2. Spray the inside of a mailing tube with cooking spray.

3. Then, start pouring the concrete mixture into the mailing tube. Only fill about halfway.

4. Place the juice glass inside the mailing tube, pressing down so that the concrete starts to push upwards, surrounding the sides of the glass. If more concrete mixture is needed, spoon it into the mailing tube, in between the sides and the juice glass.

5. Wait for the concrete to dry. If you’re using a rapid setting concrete, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc).

6. Once dry, rip the container away to reveal your new vase.

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Fill with water and add flowers. Done!

Here’s what the finished vase looks like…

DIY // Easy Concrete Vase

DIY // Easy Concrete Vase

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Spring Bouquet

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

I’d love to hear what you think of this project, in the comments below. But also, I’m super curious to know what your absolute favorite flower is?


DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

I recently tried my hand at an iron on project and I have to tell you, I am soooo addicted to this technique. I may even be turning into a completely crazy iron on queen.

I’ve started adding designs to t-shirts, blankets, tea towels…pretty much anything I can get my hands on. It’s a problem really. But I can’t help it because its so SO easy.

The project that actually kicked off my new obsession was a diy kit I put together for Darby Smart that just launched a couple of days ago: iron on patterned pillows.

Want to give iron on transferring a go? Here’s how to make your own pillows in a pinch…

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl


All you need are the items that come in the Darby Smart DIY kit that I designed. Plus an iron, a pair of scissors, and a pillow insert.

You can choose either gold or black iron on vinyl as a part of the kit. And you’ll also receive 2 pillow covers.

Iron On Transfer Pillow DIY Kit

How To

1. Start by cutting out a freehand design or tracing something onto the back of the iron on vinyl, if you prefer. Just remember if you’re writing letters on the back of the vinyl, be sure to write them backwards, so when you cut it out and flip it over, it reads correctly.

2.  Next, iron over the entire pillow case for about 30 seconds, then quickly arrange the pattern or cut out design onto pillow cover.

3. Then iron over top of the design, staying focused on one 6-8 inch area at a time. You’ll notice that it begins to stick almost immediately. Be sure to apply the iron to each area for at least 30 seconds to a minute, before moving onto the next section.

4. Once the entire pillow case has been ironed and the vinyl is attached, flip the pillow case over and iron the inside of the pillow case as well (where the design is).

5. Then, flip the cover back over and peel off the protective cover from the vinyl.

6. Add the pillow insert and enjoy.

DIY // Iron On Transfer Pillow Design

In addition to the linear pattern, I also created an easy heart pattern. You could also create a message pillow, if you wanted to go that route. So many possibilities.

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff 

You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here, if you’re interested.

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.


6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Today, I’m putting on my stylist cap and getting a bunch of projects prepped for a shoot that will be happening in just a few hours. And I still have a million things to do. So it’s probably best if I keep this short and sweet.

I know you love DIY projects as much as I do. So, I have a handful of favorites to inspire you this weekend…

1. strawberry limeade popsicles for the end of summer

2. three DIY ways to cut a tee from Treasures and Travels

3. dessert sushi from The House That Lars Built

4. striped lantern DIY from Thuss+Farrell on Oh Joy

5. faux marble coasters how-to from House of Earnest

6. duct tape pencil holders for back to school from Merrilee on Julep

Hope you have a great weekend.