Mid-Century Inspired Vases

I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Adler.  "Happy Chic" is the perfect description of my aesthetic.  But I don't love the price tags, especially since his pieces look oh-so-perfect as vignette collections, as evident by the inspiration photo below.  Today, I'm going to share a simple DIY to take inexpensive bud vases or even plain old vases you have sitting around and turn them into "happy chic," mid-century inspired treasures like this one.



What you'll need:

  • Vases, the large one I had, the small ones cost a few dollars at Michael's
  • paint, I used an aqua acrylic paint and gold metallic Martha Stewart paint 
  • painter's or masking tape
  • scissors
  • shipping labels 
  • hole punch
1. Pour some aqua paint into the first vase and swirl it around so it coats the entire inside.

* You may need to use a paint brush to help out to get full coverage on the inside of the vase.


2. Use tape, shipping labels and hole punches to create unique designs.

3. Paint the open areas with gold paint.

4. Carefully peel off the tape and labels.

5. Add flowers!  and the result is something I imagine even Mr. Adler would be proud of.


 * Note to Jen, these paints did not turn out to be the best for the project.  Should you want to feature this on Green Wedding Shoes, I would have to research a little further to find the best paints for this project.