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Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers.

But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. And could also double as party/ wedding favor place cards.

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

How Do I Make This?

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks. That's what I did, and it works great.

Here are the results... (click each image for a larger view)

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This week on Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks, we venture out of the kid's room and into a space that is becoming more and more common - the Modern Home Office.

Room by Room - Office 01

There has been a distinct rise in the use of a room or alcove in modern houses to accommodate those people either working from home full or part-time as well as those running a home-based business. But needing an office space in the home does not mean that you must replicate the stereotypical cubicle feel as part of your household. Not only do office supply stores and online merchants carry a greater variety of colorful files and folders, but furniture makers are also creating innovative desks and cabinetry that feel as warm and comfortable as the furnishings in the rest of the house. Remember that somewhere that we have to spend time in should have items that brighten your work time and lighten the load.

Room by Room - Office 02

You sit down to work on the computer and are immediately drawn to the fun design of the mousepad. This is not a stuffy office space, but one that is light and relaxed. You turn the printed desk calendar at the corner to a new month, and peruse the stacks of papers held together by a set of day of the week clips. Needing a rubber band, you turn to a set of felted bowls that help remind you that this is in fact a home. Finishing your paperwork, you put completed items away in a decorative file organizer. Before getting up, you spend a moment rearranging the two-piece sculpture on your desk that brings a bit of the outside in. The home office needs executive toys too, you know.