I hope you are all having a wonderful day–really, truly! After some cloudy and cold days, it’s sunny and warmer out, and I guess this gorgeous weather is inspiring my mood. Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of really quick and easy–and I do mean super easy–projects I put together. These painted vases took hardly any time to complete, and they would even work well as gifts.
I picked this little vase up during a recent trip to the Dollar Store. I have another, larger vase that I found at Goodwill, and I was planning to turn both of them into candle holders. I thought the Dollar Store vase was about the same size, but when I got home, I realized this one was actually smaller. Oh well, there’s nothing like a simple mistake to get your creative wheels churning! To me, plain vases, plates etc. are like blank canvases–I simply cannot leave them plain! And, judging from all of the creativity I’ve been seeing from other bloggers, I know I’m not alone.
Anyway, I thought this vase would be perfect for housing Christmas candy, and since we had some red Hershey’s kisses on hand, I added some red dots and swirls with my trusty red paint pen. My little partner in creative crime thought this would make a great gift for her teacher, who sometimes keeps a jar of candy on her desk. So, on the underside of the bowl, I drew a simple heart. This way, you’ll see the heart when you finish the candy and be reminded of the person who made the gift! Of course, I’m going out to buy more vases so that the kids actually create their own gifts.
Believe it or not, there was a lot more candy in the bowl when I first started! This painted vase would even make a cute Valentine’s Day craft, and I’ll probably leave it out–refilling it several times, of course.
For my thrift store vase, I used gold paint to add dots and stars on the outside. I added a few coats so that the paint would show up better. Then, I added some cinnamon sticks from the Dollar Store and a few tiny pine cones, which I already had on hand.
If you look closely, you can see the gold paint on the vase. It was hard to get a good picture because the vase gives off a bright glare. It really looks nice in person. I found a small, white peppermint-scented candle at the Dollar Store and set it in the center of the vase. Combined with the cinnamon, it smells so good when you walk by.
This is for decoration, but I would probably use a battery-operated candle If I wanted to have it lit. I have it in the entryway along with other gold items, and it looks so cute!
Both of these vases were easy to do and didn’t cost much at all. You don’t have to spend a lot to make your home sparkle!
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