If you have kids, you need to keep an attractive vase or two around the house. Every child delights in picking flowers to present to her adored parent, and those pretty posies deserve a special vase of their own. Spend an afternoon helping your little ones create vases out of plastic bottles. You'll probably have to do the cutting and mixing for the youngest tykes, but even the fattest little fingers will easily manage decorating. Not to worry, that's the most important part anyway.
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Cut about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) off the bottom of a clean plastic single-serving drink bottle with sturdy scissors or a utility knife. This will become the base for your vase to rest on, so make the cut as even as you can.
Combine 2 tsp of white glue with 1 tsp of toothpaste (not gel) in a small mixing bowl. Cream with 4 tsp of corn flour and 1 tsp of water. Stir the mixture until a soft putty forms.
Roll the putty into a ball between your palms. Stretch it and pull it like taffy for a few minutes to develop a stiff texture. Press the putty into the plastic bottle base to give it some weight for stability. The putty will begin to harden in about 20 or 30 minutes, and dry rock-hard in about 24 hours. Flip the weighted base over so that it's bottom side up.
Remove the cap from the top part of the plastic bottle. Coat the top of it with a thin layer of glue. Center the cap on the base and press it gently into place. Set it aside and allow the glue to dry completely.
Turn the plastic bottle upside down. Put a rubber band around it at approximately the halfway point. Cut the bottle into narrow strips from its edge to the rubber band marker. The strips will fan outwardly nicely to form an attractive vase.
Screw the threaded end of the bottle into the cap attached to the base after the glue has dried.
Decorate your vase with markers, paints, sequins, and beads.
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