Terra Cotta Vase Makeover—Three Ways

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I picked up these three basic terra cotta vases a while back while “clearance cruising” at Hobby Lobby. Do you ever do that? Just stroll the aisles looking to see what’s on clearance? I’m not the only one, right? 🙂

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I scored these suckers for just a buck a piece. After giving them a coat of white primer, I decided to use them for a little creative challenge. So here we are, my self-imposed challenge: Terra Cotta Vase Makeover—Three Ways. The first thing I did was prime all three with white spray paint.

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Easy & Unexpected

The first vase makeover was the easiest of the three. I was cleaning out my closet and came across a pair of very tall socks that I hadn’t worn in years. I actually wore them to help keep my legs warm while attending a particularly frigid Chicago Bears playoff game, and I don’t think I’ve worn them since. Just before I tossed them in the trash I had a light-bulb moment.

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With the sock inside out, I added a rubber band to create a little pocket. I put the foot-end of the sock into the vase and then pulled the top edge of the sock over the sides of the vase and pulled it down.

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Now we have a fun container for our kids’ craft paint supplies (and it’s machine washable!). In the future, if I want to store something taller, I can simply move the rubber band down, or remove it all together.

Simple & Functional

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New spray paint color alert! Well, it’s possible that this is not new, but it was new to me. Isn’t this Robin’s Egg color pretty? I wanted this vase to be clean and simple, so after painting it this sweet blue color, I just used a little Modge Podge to attach a couple pieces of twine I already had on hand.

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Turns out these puppies are just the right height for holding cooking utensils!

Bright & Textured

Anybody here watch Trading Spaces back in the day? Remember when Genevieve Gorder used moss to cover the walls in a homeowner’s room? Crazy, right? I was reminded of this while poking around the floral section of JoAnn’s a couple weeks ago. That’s when I came across this cool stuff …

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That in the middle, my friends, is a bag of crushed shells.

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I used Modge Podge to adhere the first layer of shell pieces. After that was dry, I drizzled glue in the gaps to add more shell pieces and give it dimension. I worked in sections, waiting for the glue to dry before rotating the vase and moving to the next section.

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This one took more time and effort than the first two, but it was totally worth it. It’s definitely my favorite of the three.

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I put these sweet grocery store flowers in a regular drinking glass, then popped that into the vase. Done!

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And there you have it! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to hop over to Remodelaholic today to see all the great Ikea Hacks!


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