Make It: ‘Faux-Dipped’ Colorful Vase

DIY Colorful Vase Wrapped In Stretched Balloons

I’m all about mini makeovers with a maximum impact. And that’s exactly what this vase DIY is! Looking at it, right away you would think it’s been painted. Oh no no no, my friends. This is not paint! It’s easier than that!      


Would you believe me if I told you that those were colorful BALLOONS?!? That’s right. Balloons. My jaw dropped, too. Read all about this ‘faux-painting” technique and learn how to do it to your vases and vessels, too!
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Make It: DIY Mini Macrame Eggshell Planters

I swear, succulents and cacti get all the good DIY planters these days! (Probably because they’re cute and sculptural and hardy as all get out.) They certainly look great in these hanging macrame eggshell pots, though!      

Lisa Tilse from the fabulous blog The Red Thread recently shared this tutorial for properly prepping the shells and knotting your own macrame hanger (which you can easily adapt for other sizes and uses)! Check it out here.

Free Download: Faceted Candle and Concrete Vase Templates


created at: 03/17/2013A series of free, downloadable geometric templates that can be used as forms and molds for everything from candles to concrete planters?? Yes, please!     

created at: 03/17/2013

Those cool kids at HomeMade Modern (my new favorite site on all the Internet, P.S.) are at it again with these awesome — and completely free — downloadable templates that can be adapted for a variety of projects. Grab the templates (there are 8 in all) and instructions on how to assemble them for use as molds!

Before & After: An Inexpensive Vase-to-Table Lamp Makeover

created at: 01/21/2013

You guys… I love when people get crafty and turn ordinary objects into extraordinary, way-more-functional objects. Like this clever decor hack from Curbly reader Kim!       

created at: 01/21/2013

This falls into the “why didn’t I think of that?” category, which the best projects always do! All you need is a super cool vase, a lamp kit, and the desire not to spend a million dollars on accent lighting. Simple enough! Once you’ve found a vase worthy of turning into a table lamp, head over to See Kim Decorate for the step-by-step tutorial!

Roundup: 10 Awesome DIY Metallic Vases and Planters

created at: 01/14/2013

Who doesn’t love a pop of shiny, metallic goodness? This design trend has been hot for a couple years and, judging by the huge amount of gold and copper DIY projects we keep seeing, it doesn’t appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If your own space could use a little touch of shine, check out these easy vase and planter projects — they’ll add just the right amount of flair to desktops, counters, or windowsills!      Continue Reading

How To: Make a Faceted Paper Vase (Free Template)

created at: 11/15/2012

I am still not over the faceted/geometric/triangle/OMG-I-LOVE-SHAPES trend. Why? Because, OMG, I love shapes. Plus, when I saw this easy paper craft from Oh Happy Day, my little facet-loving heart started fluttering and I knew I had to share it!     

Now obviously, because it’s made of paper, this isn’t the kind of vase you put freshly cut flowers in. It’s more of the… dead flora/decorative branch variety. You could even make a small one and use it as a pencil holder or something similar if decorative branches aren’t your thing (that’s probably what I’ll do). Continue Reading

Make It: Easy DIY Modern Painterly Vases

created at: 09/02/2012

This take on the ol’ DIY painted vase is totally unique, not to mention a great way to enliven otherwise boring centerpieces!    

A modern, painterly pop of color takes these glass vases from “meh” to “wow” in a few quick steps. I love that you can customize it to fit your decor (or the color scheme of your party/wedding/event). Check out how over on Justina Blakeney’s blog. (This project is a guest post by Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane, whose blog is one of my faves!)

Colorful- and Washable!- Painted Vase

created at: 04/02/2012

New spring blossoms aren’t just for the outside!  How about sprucing up those plain glass vases with paint?  And unlike the flowers starting to blossom outside, these colorful poppies are there to stay.   Amanda gives the low-down on how to use the Gloss Enamel paint and your kitchen oven to give your artistic creations a permanent home on glass. 

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Since you can find these types of vases for CHEAP, you can really go to town for any season, holiday, event, or whatever.  Continue Reading

Make It: Quick and Colorful Mason Jar Vase

created at: 03/27/2012

Some days I find myself with a real need to get some creating done.  This is usually when the laundry pile is the highest, the floor is in need of sweeping, and dishes still sit in the sink.  Sound familiar?  It is those days that I need to do something that actually gets finished, unlike that bottomless laundry pile.

That’s why I love easy projects like these that can be done in minutes to break up the monotony of housework.  Continue Reading

Make It: A Mod DIY Fire Extinguisher Vase!

created at: 08/03/2011

Should you find yourself with an empty fire extinguisher*, don’t just throw it away!  Turn that sucker into a mod-looking vase instead!  

Amanda Wright from Wit & Whistle was gifted an empty fire extinguisher from her “pyromaniac dad”, which is pretty cool.  If you don’t have an empty fire extinguisher, this idea would work well with loads of other objects, just get creative with your materials!  Once you’ve found an extinguisher (or whatever you’re going to use as a vase), gather up these supplies as well:

  • 1/2″ wide masking tape
  • primer for metal (or glass or plastic, depending on your object)
  • paint brush or sponge brushes
  • 2 acrylic paint colors (spray paint would also work)
  • clear spray sealant (optional)

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