I fell in love with the dipped vase the second I saw it on some of the leading interior design social accounts – professionals such as Studio McGee and Monika Hibbs have been styling centrepieces and floating shelves with dipped vases for quite some time. I love the clean and simple design and how versatile these vases are – they look just as nice empty as they do filled with flowers.
The one downfall – these ready made vases retail for anywhere between $150 and $250. While I like to think that I am able to appreciate the beauty and value of home decor pieces, I also really like to change things up fairly often, so I couldn’t justify spending so much on a vase. But where there is a will, there is a way; hence why I decided to make my own!
Let me start off by saying that if you’re looking for a truly beginner DIY project, this is it! The investment for supplies is small, the time it takes to create the look is minimal and, on a scale of simple to difficult, this one is E-A-S-Y!
- Spray paint [I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White ($13)]
- Painter’s tape
- Plastic food wrap
- Glass vase [I used Ikea Begarlig Vase ($23) and Ikea 365+ Jar ($7)]
STEPS TO SUCCESS:
- Make sure your vase is clean and dry (remove any stickers and residue).
- Measure how thick you want your dipped portion to be. For this vase, I dipped the bottom one-third. TIP: Use a pencil to mark off where you want to have your line on several spots around the vase, so that you can tape the line evenly throughout.
- Tape around, pressing firmly to ensure no air gaps.
- Cover top portion of vase with plastic food wrap. Make sure it overlaps, but does not pass, the painter’s tape. Secure the food wrap with more painter’s tape, pressing firmly to ensure full adhesion.
- Make sure you have enough space around the vase to be able to move as you spray. TIP: You want to move the paint bottle back and forth as you spray and be sure to spray lightly. It is better to repeat this step several times than to spray too much at once because that will lead to drips in the paint.
- Let dry – approximately 30 minutes.
- Repeat until you reach the desired color – I did 3 rounds of spray paint.
- Allow paint to dry completely – 2 to 3 hours – before removing tape and plastic.
- If there is any “bleeding” from removing the tape, use a cotton swab (a Q-tip for my Canadian friends!) dipped in nail polish remover to take off any excess paint.
- Fill with beautiful flowers or leave empty and ENJOY!
This is such a simple project with endless possibilities. You don’t need to do a straight line, a diagonal one would also look great! You can use a different paint colour to change things up (I’m thinking of making a burgundy or deep army green one for my Fall decor). And, best of all, you’re not limited to the shape and size of the vase – make a few different ones for a layered look!
I love how mine turned out and appreciate them even more knowing that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make these – would love to see your creation!