Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thrift Store DIY: Painted Vases

It's a good time of the year to be a florist; with warmer temperatures finally settling in, spring buds are beginning to show their true colors, and Mother's Day not to mention wedding season is just around the corner. Over the next two months, fresh flowers are sure to be in high demand.

But what do you do once things really begin to heat up and all those blooms begin to fade? You could stash those rather average looking florists' vases at the top of your closet until next season or you could turn them into something fabulous to admire all year round.

We figured you were more of the creative type, so we've dug through the blogosphere to bring you a few fantastic and super simple DIYs to upgrade your vase game. First up, Eden does  enamel over at Sugar and Charm. We tried this with regular latex paint HERE and it came out amazing!

A mercury glass effect is surprisingly easy to achieve as the ladies at The Thirteenth Blog demonstrate with masking tape and a little mirrored spray paint.

We're loving these almost-neon coral milk glass vases from PimpelwitStyling. The instructions appear easy enough, but you'll have to make do with the photos because this little lady sprechen sie Deutsch.

Lastly, the folks over at Better Homes and Gardens have gathered 30+ ideas for Mother's Day arrangements. We're particularly fond of this lace rendition, as well as the pitcher, old bottle, and mortar & pestle versions.

Need a few extra pieces to round out your collection? With their bulky size and seemingly limited use, it's no surprise that we see our fair share of vases. From simple glass forms to Waterford crystal, there's bound to be one or two that are just the right shape and height — and price!

Do you have a thrift store DIY? Share your brilliant ideas with Ashley at

*Please note that some DIYs may render your vase unsafe for human consumption. Remember: Painted surfaces are not food friendly!


  1. Hi all,
    I just saw your mention of Megan's DIY mercury glass. Thanks for featuring it! I've been perusing your site and love it. I can't wait to get myself to NYC to explore the store.


  2. You can't go wrong with repurposing. Love the mercury glass effect and the lace look is too cute.