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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Makeover Flower Vases

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Trash to Treasure 

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I always feel like I'm being drawn into thrift shops. The good deals that can be found, the old cookbooks forgotten on the shelves, the old items that people have just tossed away because they didn't want them anymore. Sometimes its history I'm looking for when I visit thrift stores, sometimes it's deals, sometimes I'm looking for photo shoot props, and sometimes I'm not really looking for anything and something with spark my interest and before you know it I'm thinking of ways to turn "trash" into "treasure".

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I found this vase at a local thrift shop, I think it cost me about 89 cents. I already had some paint at home, so I picked up some cute stickers from Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon and started crafting. 

But I needed something to go with it. What a cute "gift set" for under $6-$7, I thought, so I check out the store again and found a cute smaller vase and a glass dome that would normally so over a light fixture, like in a bath room or something. Same Paint and Same Stickers for the smaller one.

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This is the inside of the little vase. See, I turned it into a tea light holder. Doesn't put off a lot of light, but with a good smelling tea light candle it puts off a nice glow with a nice smell. 

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This is what all I had laid out before I started working:

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(Printable Instructions Here) 

Makeover Flower Vases
Makeover Flower Vases - Trash to Treasure 
Materials For the Flower Vase:
  • 1 large clear glass vase
  • 1 (2oz) bottle of acrylic paint
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Foam Brush

Instructions For the Flower Vase:

Wash and dry the clear flower vase. 
Once dry, pour the entire bottle of paint into the vase. Pick the vase up and swirl the paint around the vase. Paint should cover the entire inside of the vase.
If the paint needs a little help reaching the rim of the vase, use the foam paint brush to pull the paint to the rim.
Sit the jar upside down on old newspaper or if you want to save the excess paint sit the jar upside down inside of a plastic container. Let vase sit upside down for 2-3 hours so that the excess paint drains out.
After 2-3 hours, set the vase up right and let dry overnight.
After the paint on the inside of the vase has dried; use decorative stickers to decorate the outside of the vase.  Most craft stores have a huge variety of stickers, ranging from super simple to fancy and elegant.
Once dry, fill vase with flowers and enjoy. I put silk flowers in this vase, but if you wanted to use it for real flowers that require water, just spray the inside of the vase with a sealer and let dry before adding water.


Materials For the Tea-light Candle Lamp:
  • 1 small flower vase
  • 1 (2oz) bottle of acrylic paint
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Foam Brush
  • 1 small votive holder
  • 1 tea-light candle
  • 1 small glass lamp shade

Instructions For the Tea-light Candle Lamp:

Wash and Dry the small clear flower vase. Once dry, pour the entire bottle of paint into the vase.

Pick the vase up and swirl the paint around the vase. Paint should cover the entire inside of the vase.

Sit the jar upside down on old newspaper. Let vase sit upside down for 2-3 hours so that the excess paint drains out.

After 2-3 hours, set the vase up right and let dry overnight.

After the paint on the inside of the vase has dried; use decorative stickers to decorate the outside of the vase.

Set the votive holder down into the top of the small vase. Insert candle. Top with the small glass lamp shade.


For a little under $6.00, I turned a few thrift store finds into a custom flower vase and tea light candle lamp. The saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is so true.

Have you ever turned a thrift store find into something amazing??

Makeover Flower Vases From BigBearsWife.com

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