Subtle Floral DIY Decor: Paint Dipped Bud Vases

When gardening is a passion and flowers adorning beautiful vases are part of your everyday decor, you can call yourself lucky. Lucky to be one of those who see the beauty in the world in every colorful petal.

When it’;s that easy to incorporate your own time and handy work into a decorative item, it becomes more than a concept. We all know that any object handmade to satisfaction by yourself holds a special place and drives your creativity forward. A project as easy as the Paint Dipped Bud Vases could very well open your appetite for more fantastic DIY projects.

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When you have only 2 pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. – Chinese Proverb

Inspired by her mother’;s love for gardening and her constant need for different-sized vases, Heather of WhipperBerry took out her DiY kit and explored the possibilities of colorful paint applied with an open heart. Using the Martha Stewart Crafts Paint by Plaid, you can dip your way to fabulous decor. You will also get a chance of exercising your patience, just wait and you’;ll see what I mean.

Inspired to Create the Surrounding Space

The self-taught blogger teaches us how to play with our needs and use creativity to expand the known visual universe. She created these serene, easy to make vases as a mother’;s day gift and inspired us to share her passion and thoughtfulness in hope that you will find time for your own little project.

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What You Need:

  • Martha Stewart Satin Paint in your chosen color
  • Martha Stewart Pearl Paint in a coordinating color
  • Martha Stewart Glaze Medium
  • Bud Vases
  • Ziplock bag
  • Small cup
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How to Do It Yourself

Place the zip-lock bag inside the small cup – this is where the magic will be happening. The plastic bag protects the cup from any spills and makes clean-up fast and easy.


First, you need to have your paint ready. Combine 3 parts paint with 1 part glaze medium inside the zip-lock bag and carefully dip the first vase in the paint. Cover as much of the vase as you want, just keep in mind the final result. Now it’;s time for a little patience.

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What you will need to do in order to obtain a smooth and even result is to hold the vase over the cup, gently tapping off any excess paint for about 10 minutes. This step ensures the vase dries off just enough to be safely placed upside down to dry off completely.

Drips running down the clear glass part could ruin all your hard work unless you keep an eye on each vase until it’;s almost dry. After the first layer of paint has completely dried off, repeat the process using the pearl paint and apply it halfway up to the first colored paint line.

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Do the same with each vase and you will soon have your own small army of colorful soldiers, prepared to uplift your spirit throughout the day. Each vase turns out unique, with paint lines undulating across the glass recipient. Just one flower will not bring spring, but it’;s one of its most inspiring messengers.

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Whip out these bud vases at dinner-time, transforming them into a fresh centerpiece or use one vase to decorate your next breakfast-in-bed tray. Each small vase bearing one single flower floods the surrounding space with a subtle elegance, reminding us to breath and contemplate beauty’;s ephemeral quality.

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