It is no secret that I love playing with vintage fabrics – and finding pretty antiques to decorate the house with. Sometimes I can’t find what I want – so I have to just make it myself!
A couple of months ago I found the coolest floral pitcher on Etsy, rimmed with this gold border around the neck. I thought it would be the prettiest pitcher – so perfect for my flowers that usually sit on my entryway table. Well, I procrastinated. Bye bye fabulous floral pitcher. Since then I’ve looked on eBay and in my local antique stores, but no luck.
I decided I’d just have to try and recreate it – and while I was at it, make up a few! So today I have a crazy easy tutorial for these diy Vintage-Style Floral Milk Vases!
I am really in love with how they turned out! I used vintage sheets for the flowers and I pretty gold paper for the trim. I was able to put them together in an afternoon – actually much less time then I spent looking for that pitcher! :)
The white “milk glass” look is the perfect background the vintage flowers and since they are so colorful, you can add any real flowers to the vases and they look great!
So here’s your Materials List if you want to make your own!
- Inexpensive glass vases – these are from the dollar store and walmart
- white gloss spray paint
- fabric flowers – Or paper would work too
- gold trim – I used a package of gold decoupage trim made by Martha Stewart, from Michaels
- Dishwasher safe GLOSS decoupage – I used Martha Stewart brand but I know Mod Podge has one now too
- foam brush
Begin by spray painting your glass vases white. I recommend doing several light coats until they are completely covered.
Open up the gold trims and begin cutting them apart. I have seen similar trims in the antique store – that would be super cool if you can find it. Otherwise these work great and they come with enough trim that you could share the package with a friend and have a crafty day.
Decide where you’d like the trim on the vase and measure down from the top. Mark the line for the trim all the way around the vase with a light pencil mark, so your trim doesn’t wave around the vase. Using a fabulous gold glitter pencil for your marking is completely optional but highly recommended.
Apply the decoupage with your foam brush to the back of the trim. Place it on the vase, along your marked line. Brush on another light coat of decoupage over the gold trim. It will dry clear and glossy.
Cut out all your pretty flowers. I cut mine from vintage sheets but you could use any fabric or paper.
Lay out how you’d like the flowers to look on the vases, then decoupage them on. Brush the decoupage on the back of the flowers, place them on the vase, and then add a coat on top. I brushed a light coat of decoupage over the entire vase. I don’t want the spray paint scratching or anything washing off.
Follow the instructions on the bottle to make your vase waterproof if you want. Two more coats over the next two days, and then let the vases sit for 28 days before washing.
Repeat the process for any more vases you’d like to make – varying your flowers and trims.
And that’s it!! Once everything is dried and cured you can add your flowers to the vases. And maybe throw a little brunch because you’ll definitely want an excuse to show them off!
I hope you give them a try!
If you want a little more vintage style inspiration – check these out!