DIY Ombre Milk Bottles

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: glass bottles, spray paint

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

It’s no secret that I have a mild obsession with spray painting glass (see here and here). These ombre milk bottles would make great table vases for your next party or gathering this summer and only take a few minutes to make. Perfect for last minute decor!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!All you need to do is place your bottle upside down and spray paint the very bottom. The paint will trickle up the sides giving you an ombre effect. You can see my 10 minute vase if you need further instructions!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit! 

 

DIY Gold Foil Vase

Time: 45 minutes
Materialsgold foil kit, jar, flowers

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

Every now and then I’ll make something that tugs on my heart strings. It doesn’t happen too often, but over the holidays (when I was on a bit of a crafter’s high) I made some votives that made my heart swoon. They were easy to make, matched everything, and most importantly, were covered in gold. Rather than pack those beauties away all year, I decided to keep them out for spring and use them as bud vases. It’s always great when a project can be used for more than purpose, don’t you think?

If you have yet to work with gold foil (I strongly suggest you do, it’s addicting!) hop on over here to get the step by step instructions for this project.

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

For my arrangement, I bought a single bunch of ranunculus, two roses, and one stem of berzelia. With that, I was able to fill one vase with a blend of each of the flowers and the other with just ranunculus. As much as I love a large vase of flowers, there’s something nice about having mini pops of color around our living room.

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

And if you happen to have a hankering for more flowers, be sure to follow along with my new Instagram series #sundayflowerseries! Even if it’s only a stem or two, I’m making the effort to keep fresh flowers in our home on a weekly basis. I’ll be sharing my picks for the week on Sunday, thus, Sunday Flower Series!

DIY Gold Foil Vase | The Crafted Life

What are some of your favorite flowers?

10 Minute Vase DIY

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: spray paint, glass bottle, rubbing alcohol, warm water10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

Confession: I hoard glass bottles. Now, not every bottle I come across meets the criteria for being saved from the recycling bin, but there are several ones that I’ve stashed around the apartment in hopes of crafting with one day. Although it can’t hold a full bouquet, this Bellini mix bottle makes the perfect vessel for displaying eucalyptus or branches.

10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

Start by removing your label. It helps to peel the paper as much as you can then soak the bottle in warm water for about 20 minutes. Use a scrubbing sponge to remove any residue, dry, then touch up blemishes on the glass with rubbing alcohol.

Head to a well ventilated area and start spray painting! To achieve the fading look, flip bottle upside down and paint the bottom and base, moving in a circular fashion. The paint will naturally speckle up the sides of your bottle.

10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

10 Minute Vase DIY | The Crafted Life

Voilà, and it’s only takes 10 minutes to do— perfect if you forgot that Valentine’s day is tomorrow! Just be sure to clean this vase with a damp cloth (not dishwasher safe).

DIY Monogrammed Vase

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: vase, glass paint, sponge brush, glass silkscreen

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Monogrammed vases make a great gift for just about any occasion. Personalize with your letter of choice, fill with fresh flowers, and make someone’s day, even if it is your own.

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

First, wash your vase and dry completely. You can remove any unwanted finger print or smudges with rubbing alcohol.

For my letter, I used glass silkscreens from Martha Stewart. They’re self-adhesive, washable, and completely reusable which is great if you’re making more than one vase. If you’re tight on cash, you could use blue painters tape and an x-acto to achieve a similar look.

Apply your stencil, making sure there are no large air bubbles. Because the letters are self-adhesive, you can reposition the stencil a few times until you get it perfect.

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Apply your paint with a sponge brush. I wanted a delicate feel for my letter, so I used a translucent glitter paint. If you want your letter to really pop, I recommend using Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint (seen in this project).

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Peel off your stencil while the paint is still wet. Air dry your bake (based on your paint’s instructions), fill with flowers, and enjoy!

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life