Last summer I posted about painted canning jars, and this fall I've taken things a bit further with some painted and embellished flea market glass vases and covered jars. These are the very inexpensive vases that came from florist shops and other glassware that shouldn't cost more that $1 to $10 a piece.
What to look for here are pieces that have a cool raised/relief design. A smooth vase just won't do! But photographing clear glass is not the easiest thing, I discovered, so I hope you get the idea.....
Other Materials You Will Need:
Spray paint (matte or satin) or multi-surface craft paint and paint brush (optional)
Sanding sponge (medium grit)
Hot glue gun
I have numerous partially used cans of spray paint in my garage that I wanted to use up before winter. I think this project calls for satin or matte versions rather than glossy paint, but that's just my opinion:
Two thin coats of spray paint worked well on these pieces:
I thought I'd try some of the pearly Martha Stewart craft paints too:
Here's the first bottle I painted with Martha's pearly paint in a green color. It required two coats, and to be honest, it was much more difficult to apply than the spray paint:
After the pieces are dry, take your sanding sponge and sand the piece to bring out the design:
Now they are ready to embellish....
Now comes my favorite part: selecting the embellishments! I have a humongous stash to choose from, but didn't want to overdo it. I chose some vintage millinery flowers, cameos, and newer trim for my vases.
This is what I came up with for the pink and ivory pieces, although I'm not finished with the ivory candy dish. Everything is tacked down with hot glue:
The jury is still out for the lavender candy dish, too:
I'm really pleased with the large white vase and the small brown vase. It reminds me of a little pinecone:
And here is everything I created today:
I hope you can give this easy project a try! I'll be linking up to the following link parties: Sweet Sharing Monday , Motivate Me Monday, The Cure for the Common Monday, Take a Look Tuesday, Throwback Thursday, and Open Call Tuesday.