Do you have any of these clear glass bud vases hiding around your home? I picked these up from an estate sale. You can find the ribbed one at Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1.00 each. 😉 Thrift stores and garage sales are also great places to look for them.
I decided to add a little chalk paint and turn them into some vintage looking decor for another Christmas in July post. 🎄
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Here’s what you’ll need. Clear glass bud vase – a vase with some type of texture will work best. Chalky finish paint in white. (I like Americana Décor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting White.) Chalky finish paint in gray. (I used FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Maui Sand.) Christmas pick and stems. I also used some natural jute twine and matte sealer spray that aren’t in the picture below.
First, wash your vase in warm soapy water and let dry completely. Then, apply 2 thin coats of the white chalky finish paint, letting it dry completely between coats. I like using these chip brushes to apply my paint.
They look so pretty just like this – a little like milk glass – you could skip the next step if you like them this way. But I wanted them to have a little more of a vintage look so I dry brushed some of the gray chalky finish paint over the texture of the vase. I took one of my 2-inch chip brushes and cut the bristles down to make the brush stiffer and used that to apply my paint. Then I took them outside and sprayed them with a light coat of the matte sealer spray.
I wrapped the twine several times around the vase, tying it off with just a simple double knot. I slipped the Christmas pick through the twine and added the berry stem to the vase. By the way, the red berry stems came from Hobby Lobby and they sell them all year, not just at Christmas time.
I really like the way they turned out! I was thinking that if I didn’t dry brush the gray on the vase and used glossy sealer spray instead of matte, they really would like like milk glass! I may have to get some more vases and try that…
These will look so nice on the mantel at Christmas! But you could also change out the pick and stems for Fall or to match your everyday decor. It’s a super inexpensive way to add a little vintage touch to your home.