Today I thought I’d share a few quick and easy craft project ideas. If you are an avid thrift store shopper like I am, you may have noticed the large selection of glass vases they usually have in stock. Most of them are plain, lack luster and boring.
There are tons of things we crafters can do with them to make them pretty.
One of the easiest ways to dress up one of these Plain Jane vases is with glass paint found at your local craft store.
This Rose Inspired Vase is not only pretty, it’s functional too. Once you are finished painting your design, let it dry and then bake it in the oven to set the paint. The vase is totally washable! If you are not so keen on painting roses, let your imagination run wild. Simple polka dots, squiggles and swirls are easy and fun do!
I always use Folk Art Enamel Paint when I paint on glass. It is very easy to work with and if you make a mistake you can just wipe it off and start over. Have the kiddies paint a glass vase for Mom or Grandma. They make a great gift!
Another way to give a thrift store vase new life is with a decoupage technique.
I love this Upcycled Book Page Vase. I created it by gluing torn pages from an old book in layers all over the outside of the vase. The rose image is from a decorative paper napkin. This vase is so pretty and would look wonderful with a silk floral arrangement nestled inside it.
This Floral Vase was decoupaged in torn scrapbooking paper and embelished with a satin bow.
When using thicker paper like scrapbooking paper, you may want to soak each piece of paper in water for a few seconds. It will become more pliable, making it easier to conform to the curves of the vase.
If you love the beach you may like this last project idea….
This “vase” is actually a thrift store ginger jar that was missing the lid. With a layer of Mod Podge underneath to secure it, I wrapped jute string (found at my local hardware store) around the neck of the jar. After that I hot glued a starfish to the neck and tied it with a bow. I finished it off by filling it with seashells! This project was quick, easy and cheap!
I hope this post will get you looking at old vases in a new light, inspiring you to get creative!
Have a project idea you would like to share? Contact me and I may feature your work on my blog!
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