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Broke Girls DIY: The Flower Vase

I recently moved into my boyfriend’s apartment and it’s been a process between work and my social life trying to transform the apt from a bachelor’s pad into a couple’s apartment. A few weeks ago, I had the ah-ha moment, when I realized that the “process” was taking FAR too long.

I was having a bad day and my bf brought home flowers. Such a sweet gesture, I know. But when he went to look for a vase.. this is what he came up with.

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He’s resourceful, that’s for sure!

I secretly don’t mind the empty Grey Goose bottle, but being out of college and all… it’s not the best look. Not to mention, the fact we didn’t have a simple vase in the apartment made me feel like a bad housewife. ha! So.. I made sure to include a vase on my next shopping list. But instead of buying an expensive one, I felt like this could be a great BGDIY project…

I went to Michael’s craft store and bought a simple glass vase for $5.99 (below), puffy paint (3 for 5.99), self-adhesive fabric butterflies for $3.29, and self-adhesive silver & black  round plastic crystals (3 different sizes) for $3.49. I already had acrylic paint at home, so that was free!

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See how naked this plain vase looks? It needed a little spicing up. So I started by painting the bottom white (2-coats). I know white doesn’t exude “spicy,” but once you have flowers… you don’t need a bright colored vase, right?

Once the white paint was dry I stuck the small black crystals along the edge of the paint. This is a great trick because it’s not easy to make a perfect line at the top, so the crystals hide any uneven lines or smudges.

Tip: *The crystals may not stick depending on where you place them, so you can use small dabs of paint as adhesive to get them to stay.

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While the crystals finished drying, I started to paint the fabric butterflies I bought. White on white wouldn’t really work, and everyone knows how much I love black & white, so I decided on black. Looking back I wish I painted them a dark grey, but I can always go back and change that or add more butterflies..

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 The trick with painting the fabric butterflies is to not put a large amount of paint on your brush, otherwise you’ll have large blobs of black in different places.

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Wait until the butterflies dry, and then stick them on.
Tip: You can use the same trick with the crystals and use paint for extra adhesive if they’re not sticking..

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I had one extra butterfly left, and decided to stick it on the stem of the vase without painting it which gives the whole vase a little contrast and movement.

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Step by step… the bachelor pad is slowly fading away.. sorry babe!

By Lauren Probyn

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