Monday, December 23, 2013

DIY Festive Vase + Filler!

Hello internet people! I'm really sorry for delaying this post! I'll try to keep up with my schedule from now on. Today I thought I'd do a little do-it-yourself post suitable for the holidays! I'll be showing you how to make these super-Christmasy vases from supplies you can easily find in your house. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and I hope you'd try it out!

Part I: Vase

Step 1: Using the pencil and paper, I sketched a Christmas-related item, a Christmas tree. Details aren't needed as I will be using it as a stencil. This while be like the "window" to my little vase.Then, I cut out my sketch.

Step 2: With my glue stick, I glued the cut-out design onto the bottle where I'd like the see-through part to be. 

Step 3: Then, I painted the outside of the bottle. You can go super creative at this part, painting it green, yellow, or any color you'd like!

Step 4: When painting over the pasted design, firmly pressed on it to make sure it covers the glass below it. I carefully painted over it with slow brush strokes.

I continued painting the rest of the bottle. If the paint looks opaque, you might want to add another coat like I did.

Step 5: Before the paint dries, I carefully peeled out the pasted stencil. This will reveal an unpainted portion of the glass. After peeling it out, I decorated the rest of the bottle.

Step 6(Optional): Lastly, I added paint varnish to keep the paint from chipping.

Part 2: Filler

Use the cup to hold the plastic bag in place.

Step 1: Pour about a cup(or how much you'd like)of salt into the cup.

Step 2: Then, I picked which colors I'd like to fill up my vase with. We will only be working with one color at a time, I chose to start with green. With a cutter knife, I scraped the chalk.

Step 3: Add the chalk shavings into the cup, and take the plastic out. Mix the salt and chalk by shaking the plastic. Make sure no contents spill out. If you're satisfied with the color, move on to the next step, if you want a darker shade, add more chalk shavings of that color.

Step 4: Use a piece of paper to make a funnel for the bottle. Pour in the salt and shavings mixture.

Repeat these steps to make more salt and shavings mixture of different colors.

You can get really creative at this point. You can choose a pattern or design you'd like to follow. My designs aren't too Christmas-y but I believe they're still fitting for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

 - nicole


  1. This is such a cute idea!
    Thank you so much for your comment! XOXO

  2. haha, it's awesome! I like it!