nothing says spring to me like flowers. i know their frivolous, but their my kind of frivolous...mainly, because i love greenery in my home, but have the blackest of black thumbs.
i have a few glass vases at home, but sometimes creating an arrangement in a formal vase just feels...formal. so, hunted around for something less formal and no dice. luckily, i have an affinity for glass and, *will* keep a glass bottle just because i think it's visually interesting. (we can talk about my hoarding tendencies later.)
i gathered a few of those bottles, plus a tin can from a recent dinner, some spray paint and sealer, then went to town.
i'm pretty pleased with the results.
//spring vases from glass bottles & tin cans
- glass bottles and/or tin, clean and free of labels
- spray paint, in color of choice
- sealer (i chose a matte finish.)
- cardboard, two (2) pieces
- rubber gloves (optional; i always manage to get paint on my hands.)
- be absolutely sure your bottles and cans are clean and free of dust. an extra wipe down, won't hurt.
- prep your spray and painting area. my preference is to remove one side of a cardboard box. i paint inside of the box and rest my painted items on the side i removed to dry. protip: don't paint and dry on the same surface, it's asking for your pieces to be glued to the surface.
- put on your rubber gloves and place your hand/finger in the neck of the bottle.
- in short, light strokes apply paint to your bottles. i repeat short, light strokes. rotate and completely cover the surface. (the first coat is about coverage. a second coat will make your surface opaque.)
- set your piece down on it's base to dry. it doesn't hurt to move your pieces (just sightly), half way through your drying process, to ensure they're not sticking. i stick a finger in the neck of the bottle, tip it, and rotate a bit.
- once dry, apply a second coat to your pieces. let dry. (don't forget to shift.)
- apply your sealer. let dry. (don't forget to shift.) a sealer will help with durability. you'll be able to wash it regularly without worrying about taking the paint off.
- VOILA! fill with flowers of your choice.
now, you have beautiful vases, perfect for bud arrangements. use a collection of them. i like to group three or so, together for a little arrangement of an arrangement.