Lately I’ve been getting into cut flowers again. I went without them for budgetary reasons so long that I forgot how nice they are. Truly. This go I went with lilies and as I’m sitting here typing this, the smell of them is so incredibly wonderful that I want to have them around every day! And I figure that I’m worth it to treat myself every once in a while and lilies are perfect because they won’t make me fat (like chocolate would) and they won’t break the bank (like, say, and iPad would).
For a while now I’ve wanted to craft with test tubes. In fact, I’ve had some saved to my crafty wish list on Amazon for ages. So when the opportunity to craft with lilies came up, I knew exactly what the plan was going to be. A wall hung test tube vase set!
Now why did I go wall hung? Technically this could sit on a desk or a dresser or any other horizontal surface but I have cats who get into everything and tear up every single living plant or bouquet of cut flowers I’ve ever brought home. Since some flowers are poisonous to them that isn’t bad just because I hate to have my pretty flowers to go waste, but I also don’t want to have to worry about them getting sick. Since this little baby is wall hung, I can buy lilies all day long and not have to worry about them getting destroyed or making my kitties ill!
For this project you will need:
- unfinished crafting box (available for $3 in the cheapie bins at Target)
- 5/8 inch test tubes (these are the EXACT ones that I used and they are perfect!)
- 5/8 inch wood boring drill bit
- wood stain or paint & a brush
- sawtooth hangers
- hot glue gun
- fresh cut lilies (I used two stems) and baby’s breath
Here are the boxes that I got at Target for $3 apiece. These suckers are so perfect for this project it’s almost like they were made for it!
First you’ll print this template here off. Cut around the rectangle shape and place on top of your box. Use a ball point pen to push down in the center of each X. Pull the paper up to make sure you make a visible little dent. Then take the pen and place a little ink dot there. Now, when you drill your holes, they will be perfectly placed! Now this template was specifically created for use with cut lilieswhich are big flowers.
Using your 5/8 inch boring drill bit create holes as vertically straight as possible.
Because our test tubes are 5/8 and our holes we created are also, you’ll need to slightly widen each hole with sandpaper. Work on a particular hole until the test tube comfortably fits and then move onto the next.
I decided to stain mine with weathered oak and I think it came out absolutely perfect! Choose a color that will go well with your decor in either stain or paint. Allow to fully dry before moving on.
Now because the wood isn’t an inch thick, I was worried about using nails to put the hangers on so I went hot glue. But I really, really put glue on under, over and around to ensure a good hold.
Next fill your test tubes about 3/4 full of water and place each into a slot in your holder. I worked on my kitchen counter so I could lay my flowers out and easily work.
Arrange your lilies to be esthetically pleasing. I purchased mine at a florist who upon hearing of my neat-o project gave me some baby’s breath to “complement” my beautiful yellow lilies! You can purchase yours also at a flower shop, or at a grocery store or garden store.
I feel like this little arrangement instantly brightened up my room. Like I said before, these lilies smell lovely. Now that I have my wall hung test tube vase set I think I’ll buy flowers for myself considerably more frequently! Hoping you have a happy day!