Have you seen those chalkboard vases that allow you to write messages on them? Well, it looks like it might just be easy enough to make your own. Just paint your vase with some "chalkboard paint" (Cookie Magazine's favorite brand or make your own). Click here for the instructions on how to make the vase from diylife.com.
If you have a larger vase, you can put a colorful print paper inside. You just need to be able to fit something inside the vase to hold the water and the flowers.* Here are the instructions from Making it Lovely. The end result looks great and it is such a simple idea!
If you have some crocheting skills, you can make a "glove" for your vase. For those of us who can not crochet, you can get a similar effect by wrapping and gluing the outside of your vase with natural materials, such as raffia.
Another simple idea, which is great for kids, uses pieces of tissue paper and decoupage glue. Just glue on the pieces of tissue paper to the outside of the vase and let it dry. Once dry, be careful about getting the paper wet when you use the vase (see above*).
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Not only can you decorate the outside of the vase to spruce it up some, you can also use it for more than just displaying fresh cut flowers. Recently, CasaSugar suggested putting a tall cylinder vase in your bathroom to store your toilet paper in it. This got me thinking about other uses for vases, for the times when you don't have fresh flowers to put in them. Here are some ideas, but there is so much more you could do:
- Coffee beans
- Layers of colored sand
- Collections of small items, such as sea glass, sea shells, matchboxes, wine corks, marbles