Hello there Love Grows Wild reader! Ashley from Cherished Bliss here again! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for this winter to pass so I can get outside and paint, stain, and do outdoorsy things! I finally gave in and breathed in some fumes for this project down in the basement. Every girl has her breaking point right?! I’m so glad I did too, because I am in LOVE with my new vase : )
This is such a great way to bring character into a simple vase! Did I mention how cheap it is too? Wood shims are less than $2! So let’s dive right into make this! We will start with gathering up our supplies!
First, you will want to find the vase you want to use and you can paint it the color you want or leave it as is. Mine was an old black one I had and I chose to paint it white. You are going to want this to be a perfect cylinder though, or your wood shims won’t line up right. You’ll also want to figure out the sizing. My vase was about 12″ tall and I used 8″ wood shims. Just make sure you figure all that out before hand so you don’t have to make a second trip to the store! Unless you are like me and think it’s cool to forget everything you need and drive to the same store 3 times in one day ; )
Once you have your vase ready to go, let’s mark the center. I used this as a guide when attaching my shims. Now you can either use your shims as they are right out of the package, or you can check out my tutorial on how to weather wood. It is how I finished these shims, and I LOVE the look it creates! I will be using it on a lot more pieces of wood to come! If you choose to weather your wood, you will also need to know how to make your very own DIY Wood Stain. AND I just happen to have a tutorial on that too ; )
Start in the front and get your first shim lined up. Then, using your hot glue gun, apply some thick strips of glue along the top, middle, and bottom of your shim and press firmly on your vase. Now repeat alternating the thick and thin edges of the shims. So the first one you want the thick side on top, then flip the next one and put the then side on the top. It gives it a great textured look!
Work all the way around. I had to space out my last two a little more than the others to make it fit right, but just make sure it’s in the back and you won’t even notice! Then once all your shims are glued on just tie some twine around the middle, and BAM, you are done! : )
All that’s left is to add in some beautiful flowers so you can sit and stare at it all day while drinking a warm cup of coffee ; ) If I had my wedding to do over again, I would totally use these as the centerpieces! I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I am seriously loving these! : )
If you love this vase as much as I do, be sure and check out my tutorials on How to Weather Wood
and how to Make Your Own Wood Stain
Have a beautiful day!