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: Romantic Mason Jars

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I was never a huge fan of how my coloured mason jars turned out. I liked some of them, but others were a mess. I came across this really cute and simple DIY idea that I instantly loved. And I got to cover up my…less than perfect… coloured jars.

I am indebted to Pure & Noble for this idea. Check out her pro images for better inspiration than my grainy photo above.

Materials

  1. Mason jars (or any jar!) and size or shape, it looks better to have less uniform jars!
  2. Spray paint – I picked white, but its up to you. Home Depot, $6
  3. Glue gun – $10 at Walmart
  4. Glue gun sticks –  a pack of 10 for $2 at Dollarama
  5. Optional Silk flowers or sticks

Instructions

  1. Make sure your jar is clean and free of any debris on the outside
  2. Plug in and heat up your glue gun
  3. Plan what word you would like to write on the jar. I recommend keeping it short, like “calm” or “love”.
  4. Write your word in hot glue on the jar (your choice where and how large, the font, etc.) NOTE: try to keep the glue smooth, any imperfections will show up! Consider shaving down any awkward 3D bumps
  5. Let your word completely dry (5-ish minutes)
  6. Spray paint your jar, spraying downward. The paint will run and leave streak marks so be sure to spray evenly. You do not need to spray the inside of the jar, but can if you choose.
  7. Let dry!
  8. Optional I spray painted some silk flowers and branches the same colour to put in the jar.

Beautiful! What word did you write?

Just in time for Spring, DIY Colourful Mason Jars

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This DIY project takes time and for me patience, but the results are really pretty!

I borrowed this project from the blog Momtastic. I changed a few of her steps but check out her pictures, they are better than mine!

Materials

  1. Mason jars (as many as your heart desires) – I found mine in my mom’s cellar!
  2. Modge Podge in Gloss – I bought the 4 fl oz for 9 large Mason jars and just had enough. You can purchase Modge Podge at Michaels for $5-$7.
  3. Food colouring – I bought mine at Bulk Barn, a pack of four for $3
  4. Bowls to mix the food colouring and water (washes out easily)
  5. Newspaper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175C (not very hot I know!)
  2. Mix food colouring with water in small bowls. I recommend using 1 tbsp of food colouring and 1 tsp of water. You do not want the food colouring too watered down!
  3. Add 1 tbsp of modge podge to the bottom of your mason jar
  4. Add the entire food colouring mixture from one of your bowls to the jar. Mix dye and modge podge together really well, looking at the bottom of the jar to make sure it has all been mixed (you’ll see it on the bottom at the end if you don’t!)
  5. Twist the jar sideways to evenly coat the entire inside of the jar. Do this over another bowl to catch any runoff
  6. Let jar dry upside down on the newspaper for 30 mins
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each mason jar
  8. After they have dried for 30 mins, line a baking sheet with wax paper and place jars on top, still upside down.
  9. Bake for 10 mins, flip the jars and bake for another 20 mins.
  10. When they are done, they should not be streaky, but if they are, just place them back in the oven for a bit longer!

I filled mine with water and placed a floating candle in each 🙂 What will you do with yours?