Plastic Wire Flower Vase – Expanding Without Beads

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Believe it or not, these handmade plastic wire flower vases were once very popular in India. 😀 . They were found in many living room showcases. Now we get fancier ones in shops. So I am not sure how many will make them now. But I am adding this tutorial to show one new technique in weaving – Increasing and decreasing diameter without using beads. The knot used in this tutorial is called wheat knot (kothumai mudichu /  கோதுமை முடிச்சு in tamil)

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Here is another DIY wire flower vase where we used beads to expand diameter.

Plastic wire flower vase – Expanding with beads

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Things needed

Bangle – 1

Plastic wire:

Black wire – 5 feet long. Number of pieces will depend on diameter of bangle. I used 30 pieces of black wires.

Green will be the running wire.

Fold the black wire into half and make a knot in the bangle like shown below.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Continue adding more pieces side by side.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Now we have to wrap the running wire around the black wires. The picture below shows a closeup of the knot.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

To make the knot, make a loop of the running wire.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Pull the black wire through this loop.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Remember that two pieces of black wire will be pulled inside the loop.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

We have wrapped the running wire around the black wire once and this is how it will appear at this stage. Now repeat the same once more around the same black wire.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

We will be wrapping twice around the same black wires before proceeding to the next.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Once the first line is completed, continue to start the next line.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

5 lines completed. You can choose to add any number of lines.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Each green knot is made by wrapping the green wire around 2 black wires. Now to increase the diameter of the vase, we will split the wires.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Split the two black wires and start the next line.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Each green knot will now have 2 green knots in the next line.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

The diameter will double because of this.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

I usually knot the first wire so I know when a full circle is completed. This helps me count the number of rows I am adding.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Continue weaving.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

After 7 rows, we will begin to join the two black wires again.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

You might have to pull them together to avoid gaps like this.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Appearance after 4 rows.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Now split the black wires again and add 3 more lines. This will form the broad top portion of the vase. We will not be using the green running wire any more. Leave 3 inches and cut it off and tuck in the end.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

I started this vase by folding into half 30 wire pieces. So I will be having 60 black wires at the top. These will now be woven to form the rim of the vase.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Group them based on the number of triangles you want to add. Since I wanted 5 triangles, each group will have 12.

The knot used is the box knot / square knot. (Tutorial here)

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

First triangle is over.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Tuck in the wire like shown below.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Weave the handles. Handle tutorial is here.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

The black wires will now comes through the center. Tie them together with a rubber band if necessary. Cut the wires to required length and  add plastic flowers at the end. I forgot to buy plastic flowers when I bought the wires. So I am unable to show a picture of them now.

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

Plastic wire flower vase with handle

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