DIY Vases

This project is super easy the drying time is what takes the longest.

Blow up a balloon put it in a bucket or something to hold it still.

Cut newspaper into squares dip those into Elmer’s Glue and water or Modge Podge.

Cover the entire balloon except at the area at the top where the tye is. Apply with two good coats of the paper making sure all the edges are down good. Let dry overnight. Rotate the balloon to get all sides.

Mix up plaster of Paris sort of thick and paint all over the balloon. Let dry and reapply let that dry overnight.

The next day pop the balloon and decide how big you want the opening and just cut it with some old scissors.

Mix up some plaster of Paris and add to the inside of the vase to make it waterproof. This will take a while to dry but in the meantime, you can paint the outside.

I used metallic acrylics because they come in so many great colors. Apply like you want them trying not to cover one area too much with one color unless your only doing one color.

The stuff in my vases was weeds and things I picked in the pasture and dried out. I sprayed with clear spray to help with the shedding.

This is a great project to do with kids and very inexpensive.

Supplies Needed:

Newspaper

Plaster of Paris

Modge Podge or Elmers Glue

Balloon

Paint

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Tray DIY

My sister Sheri found these room service trays and she gave me three of them. These were very heavy and quite large.

I have used my DIY skills and challenged myself to get creative. So far I have completed two of the trays. I want to do them all different.

The first one is done using tile, grout and mirror flakes used for vases and epoxy which by the way was quite a challenge for us. Once we figured out why it was not getting hard we sanded it and tried one more time and it worked. There is only one low spot in the whole tray. The first challenge we had was how to get the flakes in just the areas I wanted without moving. We poured a small amount of epoxy into the side areas then waited a little bit and sprinkled in the mirror flakes. We then waited until the epoxy dried before we poured anymore over it.

The second one I painted with a mix of brown and grey and I used Modge Podge and kept coating it letting it dry in between the coats. I think I did about 5 or 6 coats. My grandmother always told us when we were kids that the key to decoupage is light even coats until no edges can be felt. I found these postcards a few years ago on eBay and they worked out great for this.

The black one is my favorite I think its the sparkly mirror stones, the glitzy glamour look. and the epoxy shine. It goes with nothing in our house but I love it.

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