Molding Fabric Into Wine/Plant Holder

Pat Ruge
by Pat Ruge
8 Materials
2 Hours
In my last project presented here on Hometalk "Altered Wine Bottle", I used new tools and techniques with this project still in mind. Mostly I wanted to see how molding the fabric would work out since it is the majority of my Wine/Plant Holder.
I thought the galvanized bucket would provide the best mold for what I had in mind. To level out the bottom, I added three layers of craft foam cut to match the diameter of the bottom. After laying out the fabric, I realized it need to be a bit higher, so I add a large glass jar to raise it up.
Using shrink wrap, I completely covered the bucket, jar and the platter under to catch the drips.
Like with the "Altered Wine Bottle, I mixed equal parts of Plaster of Paris Elmer's glue, and water, this time using 1/4 cup each. Also I added some Black Rit die as I wanted to minimize the painting process. and prevent my printed fabric from showing through.
For the first layer I chose a doily that was square and draped beyond the bucket, but above the platter.
The next layer was a smaller square cut fabric from an old used valance, I had long abandoned. The slurry I made looked like mud and at this point my concern was that it might not be dark enough. However, It worked out great. None of the pattern showed through and the doily turned out to be remarkably dark.
I thought at first I could just use acrylic black paint to cover the entire mold, however, my frustration sent me to the garage for spray paint instead. Using a Rustoleum black spray paint, I gave it a quick once over and set out to dry.
Using Craft Smart, Bronze Metallic paint I highlight certain area using a sponge dauber applicator.
When completed, I thought this could make a wonderful wine cradle and/or...
a plant holder which can be changed out with the seasons.

BTW, December marks my one-year anniversary with Hometalk when I posted my "Mary Christmas Tree". I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful year this has been for me because of this website and the encouragement I have received not only from the staff, but from the hometalkers like yourself. Thank you for the fantastic experience. Without you, I would have never followed this path. Come on over to my project page and see for yourself the many things that would not have existed without you. A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you who share your ideas, your skills and your encouragements. God bless each and every one of you for the joy you brought into my life.
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  • Orie Rodriguez Orie Rodriguez on Jan 14, 2018
    Your creation is beautiful. Do you think this method iproduces a strong enough product to make a sturdy narrow 30 inch tall vase? Would cement be better? I’m making them, just don’t which method to use. Thanks.

  • Brenda Brenda on Jan 20, 2018
    I love this. Am wondering if there would be any way to seal it enough to use as a planter with soil and live plants.

  • Suzanne Brodie Suzanne Brodie on Dec 29, 2018

    I constantly get annoyed with people who ask stupid questions as the information is right in front of them - but now I am one of them (head bowed in shame) - what am I missing. Do you dip the lace in the mix and then the material or is it poured over or ? I don't understand how it all gets covered in the mixture before setting. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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