Create a unique vase for your Mother’s Day Flowers. Easy, affordable DIY anyone can make. No knitting!

Mother’s Day is upon us, and I thought wouldn’t it be really cool if we customized our flower vase when we give flowers to Mom this year.

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Tropical Vase MATERIALS: Raffia, Scissors, & a Vase

Some of my favorite memories with my mom are at the beach, so I wanted to design a flower vase with a tropical design especially for her.

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I’m using RAFFIA, which can be found at your local craft or flower shop. It’s an all natural fiber, fun to play with, and really inexpensive. My two colors were about three dollars each.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

For our materials, we just need Raffia, Scissors, and a vase of any shape. And we are not using any adhesives, so you can temporarily spruce up any vase in the house!

To begin, we will create our cord by braiding raffia. Then, let’s tie four raffia strands to our braid. I am tying six bundles of each alternating color.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with RaffiaKristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Hey, it’s a mini hula skirt!

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Next, let’s relax and straighten our raffia. Filling our sink with hot water, we submerge our raffia for about five minutes, then detangle by combing it through with your fingers, then lie it flat onto a towel. I like working with raffia when it’s still wet because since it’s softer to the touch, so let’s keep at it.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

I am first gathering three bundles of the raffia and tying off. On my next row, I am separating and tying off one more time. These two sides will be tied together once they come together on the vase.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

And I had some gold wire on hand, so I added it to my ties for an extra touch of elegance. Wire is TOTALLY OPTIONAL, since the natural raffia ties look great, too.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

We then just tie it around our vase.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Cut off the ends, leaving a few strands from each bunch, which we tie under our vase.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Using extra braided raffia, we can tie it on the top of our vase to keep it in place. This allows us to not use any adhesives and keep our vase just as we found it.

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with RaffiaKristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with RaffiaKristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

Lets add our flowers! So pretty!

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia       Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia

I hope you are inspired to make a Tropical Flower Vase of your own!

Kristen's DIY Tropical Flower Vase with Raffia