Pretty Patterned Drinking Straw Vases

Anima can’t stop herself from collecting pretty paper straws, but she also can’t bring herself to ruin them by (gasp!) drinking from them. So she’s decided to “use them to make pretty things instead.” At This Design Journal, Anima is showing us an easy way to transform a straw stash into colorful vases. paper-strawsAnima removed the labels from a couple of clean soup cans, then painted them to “match or contrast with the straws.” She cut down the straws do varying lengths to add a bit of interest before using a hot glue gun to adhere them in place. Now her containers are ready to be used as vases, pencil holders, whatever she wants! This is such an easy project, but it packs a great visual punch. Thanks for sharing, Anima!

paper-straw-vasesCheck out the complete tutorial at This Design Journal.


Upcycled Cinco de Mayo Decor

Happy Cinco de Mayo, tomorrow, everyone!  That’s the 5th of May for my friends who no hablo espanol.  I found a quick and easy upcycling project that’s perfect for decoration any fiesta or adding a shot of color to the tabletop on Taco Tuesday, posted by Brie at Like the Cheese.


Brie purchased these colorful cans full of salsa at her local market.  After using the salsa, she washed out the cans and made sure they didn’t have any sharp edges.  These cans are extra fun because they have the label printed right on them!  The colors are punchy and the labels are in Spanish–perfect for adding to the atmosphere of a fiesta!  Brie simply uses the empty cans as vases, filling them with pretty blooms for colorful decor.


Check out Brie’s tutorial at Like the Cheese.

Twine Wrapped Vases for Valentine’s Day Decor

Here’s a pretty project for your Valentine’s Day Decor that Katie from View From the Fridge shared at Juggling Act Mama. Starting a new diet over the holidays that prohibited alcohol or any sugary drinks, Katie and her husband went through a lot of sparkling water. Looking at the pile of glass bottles she’d accumulated, Katie decided it was time for a craft project!


Gathering up a few glass water bottles and craft supplies, Katie got to work. She wrapped twine all the way around each bottle, attaching it with hot glue as she wrapped. Next, she made some cute rosettes from strips of dyed burlap and attached those to the bottles, as well. That’s it! Filled with flowers, “It’s an easy upcycle that can either go with your neutral decor (add all cream flowers instead), or can add a pop of color for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and eventually … Spring (yay)!” Katie suggests.


For more info on this cute project, click over to Juggling Act Mama.

Pretty Pink and Gold Mason Jar Vases

Mason jars make nice vases as they are, but Krista of The Happy Housie took hers over the top with the addition of some paint.


Krista started this project by spraying her mason jars with gold spray paint.  Next, she painted over the gold with cherry-blossom-pink chalk paint.  After some light distressing, Krista brushed on gold wax to give the mason jars added sheen.  Aren’t they lovely paired with spring blossoms?


Visit The Happy Housie to get all the details on this spruced up mason jar vases.

Fabric Covered Vases for Spring

At I Heart Naptime, Liz from Love Grows Wild shared this great ideas for giving vases an extra dose of Spring Color.  The great thing about this project, is you can reuse any available container, if you don’t have real vases.


For this project, Liz decided to give some spring color to inexpensive canvas drop cloth fabric.  She cut the fabric into squares, taped off stripes, and painted in between the stripes with brightly colored craft paint.  Once the fabric was dry, she simply wrapped it around her vases and secured it with a bit of twine.  Darling!


Visit I Heart Naptime to get all the details on this fun project.

New Look for Dated Ceramics

“I’ve had this Chinese vase for almost 20 years,” says Cristina from Remodelando la Casa, “but it’s been stored in the basement for the last 15 because its color scheme didn’t go with my home decor any longer.”  A vignette on the cover of a Ballard Designs catalog made her decide to bring that it out of storage.


Cristina had spotted a similarly shaped vase in the Ballard Designs vignette, only it was a serene, neutral shade of….white.  She realized that it would be possible to replicate that look with various ceramic pieces that she already had, if she just painted them white.  She used a handmade version of chalk paint to coat three vases of her own.  Now she has her own pretty vignette of white vases on the living room coffee table.


Click over to Remodelando la Casa for tips on painting ceramics.

Wedding Decor Gets Painted and Repurposed

Newlywed Ashley of With a Sparklex had some simple glass vases that were leftover from her wedding decor.  While she had already incorporated some of them into her home decor, she knew there was a limit to how many clear, glass vases she could use!

With a Sparklex vases before

Not ready to toss these leftovers yet, Ashley decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try painting a couple of the vases.  “On my next step to my laundry room update I wanted to paint these with the color theme of my laundry room,” she explains.  Ashley used basic craft paint in the colors of her choice.  It took several coats, but produced a pretty matte finish that looks more potter-like than glass.  Great job, Ashley!

With a Sparklex vases after

Read more about Ashley’s tips for painting vases at With a Sparklex.

Sweater Vase Cozies

You may remember the sweater pillows I recently made for a friend’s home. With colder weather in the future, it got me thinking about other fun sweater upcycling projects. Alicia from Thrifty and Chic wowed me with this fun idea for repurposing an old sweater.

repurposed sweater

Alicia used the sleeves from some sweaters to create cozies for her vases. You know they get cold too {wink}.  I love this look for winter and, like Alicia points out, the warmth and texture it lends to a space.

ThriftyandChic Sweater Vases

Find the tutorial at Thrifty and Chic.