DIY: Ombre Vase

I have seen so many versions of this craft all over the web, so much so, that I doubted it would even need an introduction!

But, just in case, and without further adieu..

The Plastic Spoon Ombre Vase (pictured on the far right, behind the white birdie)

Materials (all available at Dollarama)

  1. Plastic spoons
  2. Acrylic Paint – buy one base colour, i.e. purple, blue, etc. and buy white so you can make different shades
  3. Glue gun and sticks
  4. Any type of jar (I used an old coffee canister)

Instructions

  1. Cut off the heads of the spoons. I needed 12 heads per row. Try to guestimate how many you’ll need by measuring your jar
  2. Line your spoon heads on newspaper or a plastic sheet in as many rows as will fit on your jar (I had four rows)
  3. Take your base colour and create your different shades. Play around, adding more and more white paint for each row of spoons.
  4. Once you’ve perfected your colours, begin painting your spoon heads, each row the same colour.
  5. Let your spoons dry. While they are drying, you  might consider painting your jar or canister. I painted mine black.
  6. Once everything is dry, begin glueing the spoon heads onto the canister. You can arrange your spoon heads from dark to light or light to dark, facing up or facing down, your choice! Although it seems most people agree the downward direction of the spoon head is more attractive.

Do you like it? To be honest, I am slightly indifferent towards mine. It looks kind of funny. But the examples I’ve seen look really pretty, so maybe I will give it another go.

Check out Addicted2Decorating for a pretty example. In fact, check out her whole website. It’s awesome 🙂

What do you think? Did you try it?

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DIY: Button Love

This DIY was 100% free for me. And that’s just half the reason I love it.

I put it on my front hall table and it matches beautifully the mirror above it (also framed in black). And yes – those are my candles from my earlier DIY post!

You can also find all of the materials at Dollarama!

Materials

  1. Old buttons, well they can be new, but they are old for me! Any colour, shape and size. The more diverse the better! Try Dollarama or Fabric Land for button options.
  2. Frame, I recycled one in my mom’s basement. Otherwise I recommend (what other than) Dollarama
  3. Construction paper – your choice of colour, Dollarama
  4. Glue gun and sticks – Dollarama again!
  5. Optional Acrylic paint if you want to change the colour of the frame, Dollarama.

Directions

  1. Arrange buttons into the shape you like. As you can see, I chose a heart. Peace signs, letters, numbers etc all work.
  2. Measure and cut your construction paper to fit into your frame. I kept the originally backing of my frame because i liked the brown.
  3. Carefully transfer and glue each button onto the construction paper. I recommend roughly stencilling your shape in pencil onto the construction board to keep your design in tact. Warning: this step can be difficult, go slowly and always plan your next move.
  4. Optional Paint the frame to match your colour scheme
  5. Let frame dry, frame your button art – voila!

What colours and shapes did you use?

P.S You do not need to keep the glass frame cover. Keep it for your next DIY! You never know when you’ll need it.