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From the dining room to the living room, use pressed flowers to brighten your home. Make this simple veneer vase wrap and a set of matching nametags.
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Measure the side width of a square-side bud vase. Multiply the side width by 4 and add 1/2". Cut a veneer strip the length of your total. (Our vase had a side width of 2-1/2", so we used a 10-1/2" strip.) Cut the strip so it fits vertically on the vase as well, leaving 1/2" of vase visible on the bottom and 1" visible on top.
The strip length allows for a 1/2" tab to hold the wrap together.
Stain the strip and let dry. (We used a natural wood stain.)
Using a utility or crafts knife and a metal ruler, measure the sides of the vase and mark the width of each side on the veneer. Make a score line at each mark. (We marked four lines 2-1/2" apart.) Make sure your lines crease the veneer but don't cut through it. Fold the wrap into a square with the tab against the inside face of the side adjacent to it. Place the wrap around the vase, making sure the tab is far enough under the adjacent side for a snug fit. Glue the tab to the veneer above it to secure the wrap.
Cut a piece of stiff paper 2" x 2". Glue a pressed flower or leaf to one side, and use a fine-point black marker to write a small note or word, if desired. Place the paper on top of the veneer and wrap twine several times around all three items to secure. Tie the ends of the twine tightly in the back to hold the paper in place.
Place the unrolled veneer on a cutting mat. Mark 3-1/2" for the tag width. Use a metal ruler to create a vertical cut down the length of the veneer.
You can make tags of different sizes to use as labels, place settings, or decorations. For 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" tags as described here, one strip of veneer will produce 10 tags.
Stain the veneer strip the desired color and let dry. (We used a natural wood stain.)
Mark 5" increments along the length of the strip. Cut the strip into 5"-wide pieces.
Turn the pieces so that the 5" width runs horizontally. Place a mark at the midpoint for folding (2-1/2"). Use a crafts knife to score the midpoint; do not slice through the veneer. Fold the tags on the scored line -- they should be able to stand upright.
Mix ten drops of water per tablespoon of Elmer's glue for a decoupage mixture. Decoupage an assortment of smaller flowers to one side of the tag and let dry.
Use a scrap of veneer to experiment with your glue mixture before applying to the tags. A good mixture will dry clear.