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#1 of 3 Old 09-16-2009, 07:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm in charge of coming up with a craft for a ladies retreat in October. Unfortunately, so far my ideas aren't too thrilling.

Here's what I need:

a frugal craft for all skill levels that can be done quickly (80-100 women rotating through in an hour);

decorating theme is Victorian and "vessels" (ie. containers of all shapes and sizes);

I'd like to steer away from "smelly" crafts that use essential oils and the like;

Someone suggested finding a craft that uses a common household object in a new way (ie. decorated clay pot for a bouquet of ink pen flowers).

Any ideas or places on the internet that would have ideas for me? Thanks a bunch...I need all the help I can get...and quickly!
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This looks like a great way to use up some fabric scraps, although I guess you would have to send everyone home with the instructions for sticking them to the wall

and how about some folded fbric flowers to fill the vase with

finally here's a blog I;ve been finding christmas insporation from, maybe you will find something too

hmm, I wonder if you could use the same technique to decorate jars to make vases or candle holders.
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Take an old vase or milk bottle. Use a foam brush to cover it with a mix of half white glue and half water. Cover it with torn paper with Victorian prints and paper doilies, using more glue as needed. A quick spray with spray shellac of a coating of a quarter white glue and 3/4 water and you're done. Bonus if there's some angel-dust glitter to sprinkle on. Takes minutes. Decoupage was big in those days as it was a way for them to use fabric and paper scraps, and the Victorians were surprisingly industrious.
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