Hi! Today I am popping in with a simple craft that costs pennies and looks like a million bucks! I don’t know where you live, but Winter has been a long, drawn out affair around these parts. And while I am waiting for the April showers, um, flurries, to bring us May flowers, I thought I would get myself in the mood by creating some easy metallic flower vases. Another reason would be that I apparently gave away most of the vases when I was on a decluttering bender. Oh well, if I did that, they must not have sparked joy, right?
When it comes to decorative items like vases, I have never invested much cash. My guys would break a priceless piece of art glass just as quickly and easily as something from the dollar store. Besides, I like creating stuff that no one else has. And I deserve more bling in my life. Doesn’t everybody?
One thing that I also love about these vases is that they can just as easily be used as candle holders. And since I have a bit of an aversion to items that only have one function, this is a huge win in my book!
Are you ready to get started?
For this particular set, I bought a very inexpensive pair of glass cylinder vases. I believe they were less than a dollar at Wally mart. You could easily use some you already have on hand or inexpensive glass items from your favorite thrift shop. Just make sure they are smooth! As a matter of fact, all of the materials for this project are pretty easy to find at your local craft store. Don’t worry if you live out in the boonies, a day’s ride out on horseback, I will include links for you so you can easily order them online.
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Here is what you will need:
- glass vessel like a cylinder vase
- metallic adhesive paper – find it with cricut supplies at your craft store or with shelf liners at Walmart (much cheaper)
- floral punch(es) – or just a pair of scissors
- adhesive “gems”
The punch I used for this project is the kind used for scrap booking. When working with metallic adhesive paper, be sure to pick a punch that is not too intricate, because this type of paper does have a tendency to get stuck easier than paper or card stock. A tip if you are buying a new punch: most craft stores will have a 40% off coupon you can download onto your phone if you don’t find them on sale when you’re ready to buy.
While I opted for a mixed metal look with three different foils, the vases would look just as great with just one or two colors.
You begin by punching out the designs repeatedly in each color like this:
I found the foil to be much easier to work with when I cut it into a strip wide enough to fit the entire design.
After you have about ten to fifteen flower designs punched out in each color, you can begin applying them to the vase. What you want the pattern to look like is totally up to you. I chose a random pattern, mixing up colors and sizes.
Here is the vase with flowers applied. I love this picture, because it shows that no matter the color, the back of the foil is silver. You could absolutely leave the flowers just as they are. But I was in a sparkly mood and decided to go ahead and gild the lily. For comparison, I applied just the stems and leaves to the other vase, to give you an idea what that looks like.
The adhesive gems couldn’t be any easier to apply. Just peel off the backing, stick in the center of each flower and press firmly. I love how this simple little project turned out!
Wouldn’t they make a nice hostess gift with a cute little bouquet or a candle?
Much cuter than the generic flower shop vases.
These metallic flower vases are also perfect as inexpensive additions to Summer garden party tables! You are not limited to decorating vases. This little project is perfect for giving drinking glasses, jars or votive holders that little extra touch. With so many different punch designs and foil colors available, you can personalize your creations many different ways. I actually bought several punches when I found them for 50% off. They are perfect for scrap booking and even in jewelry making!
And there you have it. Another fun project with adhesive foil. To be honest, lately I am in love with all things adhesive! With some of the new patterns and materials available, it is a quick and easy way to jazz up all kinds of different objects or areas in your home.
Check out some of my other projects using adhesive paper here:
Are you ready to give them a try? I sure hope so! And if you do, be sure to stop over in The Witty Gritty Life Facebook group to show off your creation!