Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Recyceled Flower Vase

For those of you who read last weeks post, I just started reading the third Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book and decided I'm going to post my second themed tutorial for that series next week(read the first one here).  Today (and since its Earth Day it seemed fitting for this recycling project) I wanted to share something I made to brighten up my office space. I got the inspiration suddenly at work one day while trying to come up with something to make with a blog giveaway prize I had won!
I used an awesome stencil I won in the Mod Podge Rocks Giveaway over at Persia Lou for this tutorial and I am super excited with how it turned out! Find out how to make your own recycled vase below.


  1. Mod Podge Sheers
  2. Starbucks Frappucino Bottle (I used the small size)
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Mod Podge Adhesive Stencil
  5. Mod Podge Spouncer
  6. Sponge Brush
  7. Glitter (You could do paint or another color of Mod Podge Sheers) 
    Step 1: I needed to get the label and all the glue and writing off of my bottle so I followed this tutorial by Teal & Lime. It worked for the most part, but I was impatient and pulled the bottle out too early and the label and writing came off but in the end I had to use peanut butter to get rid of the adhesive.

     Step 2: Make sure your bottle is completely dry when you start this step. Begin painting your bottle on the outside with thin coats of Mod Podge Sheers. Let it dry about 20 minutes between coats. I used this time to multi-task on other blog projects, yay!

    2 or 3 layers in.

    I was happy with the color at 5 layers but put a 6th on to smooth out the marks left by the brush. It works for me, usually you would tint the glass by pouring in the Mod Podge Sheers, but its not water proof so that's no really good for this DIY.

    Step 3: If you use the bigger Starbucks bottle you may need to do this part twice, but the stencil fits perfectly around the mini Starbucks bottle once. Apply Mod Podge with the Spouncer

    Step 3b (optional): Apply some Mod Podge to the rim of your vase. I decided to do this to hide some of my glazing flaws.

    Dip the rim in glitter!

    Ta-da! Now wait for the Mod Podge to dry before using a dry paintbrush to dust all the excess glitter away.

    Step 4: Now give the whole vase a good once over of Mod Podge, to make sure the glitter doesn't shed everywhere. 
    That's it! Now you can do whatever you'd like with your vase but I suggest...

    Step 5: Go pick some flowers for your vase and arrange them artfully(yea right).

     Apparently don't leave your cat alone with them or they will be lunch, though!

    Anyway, go pick some new flowers, lock the cat upstairs, and take pictures, ahem I mean put on a shelf and admire how spring-sational it is!
    Wanna hear a secret?
    I've got big plans for that gnome, big plans.

    Heres another shot with some roses from my work!

    P.S. since I worked Easter I didn't post this at all in time, but here are some eggs me and my room mates made. There were more, this is just what was left over after the hard boiled egg feast.

    Did you have a happy Easter? I'm not religious, but I had fun dying eggs!

    I hope you guys liked this project, it was something that was literally going to just be thrown away by my fellow manager. Have you transformed anything lately?

    Til Next Time,


    1. I am SO impressed. Before I read it i was thinking oh she bought a cool blue bottle and put flowers in it! So basically now I'm like OMG i can't believe you actual made that!

      1. Thank you so much Madaline! I'm glad you like it

    2. wow that's pretty cool! you're very talented!

    3. Great tutorial! Very cute vase.

    4. Love this post! I have some vintage vases that look similar. The blue is pretty!

    5. that is too cute! This is the second time I've seen Mod Podge used today..

      1. Thanks Aimee! Isn't Mod Podge great? So many different products with so many different applications :D The possibilities are endless

    6. How fun! What a great way to recycle.

      1. Thanks Amy! I drink so many, I knew there had to be something better I could do then just throw them away!

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      1. Thanks Carmody! I was going to save more bottles but then someone dropped one they were saving for me and made a big mess so now they're banned at work :(

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      1. Isn't it truly worthy of any crafter's love? I love how versatile it is!

    9. I love the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series! The plot is amazing and the twist on the first book really shocked me. Hahaha! Anyway, good job on the recycled flower vase, Rach! I like how you used a dotted stencil to add more details in it. It's very pretty! Thanks for sharing that! More power to you! :)

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