Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Well, my summer mantelscape is nearly complete, but I decided to try one more project to finish it off. You may recall that I recently posted my Summer Jar project, and those are working the mantel quite nicely, along with some driftwood and pretty antique glass bottles in aquas and blues. I had thought some antique Japanese fishing floats would fit in swimmingly- but I never ended up finding any in my recent trips to various antique stores.

So, I DIY’d it. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Shocker, I know.

I headed to the thrift store, and honed in on their endless selection of glass vases. This little round guy will work perfectly.

Round, glass fishbowl vase at the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An excellent repurposing candidate!

To tint the vase, I used liquid fill transparent glass paint…but if I re-did this project, I’d probably use this instead. Oh well…coulda, shoulda, woulda.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s prettify my fishbowl vase…

I followed the instructions in this video: squeezing paint around from the top and letting it drip down, filling in the gaps as I went.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Alrighty…let’s see how this works…

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Kinda weird looking, but I’m keepin’ the faith!

It seemed to take a while to try- even after overnight, it felt tacky (maybe because of summer humidity?). But after a couple of days, it finally looked like it had fishing float potential.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

NOW we’re getting somewhere…

Then came time for twine! I started with four short pieces (3”-4” long) and tied them to each other, forming a funky-looking square.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float with jute twine fishing net by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to DIY some fishing net!

Then I took 4 long pieces (2’ or so) and looped them between each of the four knots.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float with jute twine fishing net by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I know- it looks crazy!

I then took the “twine headdress” and placed over the lip of the vase. Now comes the fun part! All I did from here on out was tie each tail to the one it was next to, forming ”diamonds” around the vase.

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store to be painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float with jute twine fishing net by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DIY fishing net, comin’ at ya…

After a few turns and turning it over to finish it off, I had a not-too-shabby finished product! Perfect for my mantelscape!

Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float with jute twine fishing net by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Success!

Now- full disclosure. I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t prefer an actual vintage float over my DIY version. But for the pricepoint, this DIY one is just perfect!

Craft on!

S


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Round, glass fishbowl vase from the thrift store painted and repurposed as DIY Japanese fishing float with jute twine fishing net by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Nice. I managed to buy some real floats at an estate sale. They didn’t come with the netting over them.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Well, luckily it’s easily enough to DIY some fake netting over them if you want…although I’m sure they’re quite gorgeous on their own!

  2. Love this! I am planning on trying this as I love the finished product!

  3. Super great idea! I love the color too! Super fun. They would also make cute little vases. They would look just perfect with fun flowers. 🙂 I am pinning this to my DIY for 2014 board!

  4. How crafty and a great tutorial on how to do a mock fish net around the glass. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  5. This is such a cute craft! I love it!

    -Lara

  6. sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

    Thanks for the shout-out and feature!! I grabbed a button. 🙂

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