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Get artful with vases

24 Jan 2018

Looking for fresh ideas to dress the table? How about these quirky vases, painted using Resene testpots and materials from the recycling bin – from old glass bottles to plastic cans. Nikki Astwood shows us three different ways.

Striped elegance

You will need:

  • Large glass bottles
  • Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer
  • Testpot brushes
  • Resene testpots in Resene Spitfire, Resene Sakura and Resene Gold Dust
  • Masking tape

Step one: Making sure the bottles are clean and dry, inside and out, mask out where you want the stripes to be.

Step two: Paint the base for the stripes with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.

Step three: Once dry, paint over with the Resene testpots. Remove the tape.

Step four: Colour coordinate with freshly picked flowers and use them as a centrepiece on your dining or living room table.  

Crumpled beauties

You will need: 

  • Empty soda cans (tall ones look really elegant)
  • Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer
  • Testpot brushes
  • Resene testpots in Resene Foam, Resene Waikawa Grey and Resene Aqua

Step one: Using empty and clean cans, paint the outside with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.  

Step two: Once dry, paint the cans using the Resene testpots. Leave to dry.

Step three: Gently crunch the cans in the middle, and fill with water and dainty flowers – perfect to line up along the window sill.

Square and stylish

You will need:

  • Tall square vase
  • Testpot brushes
  • Resene testpots in Resene Karry, Resene Romantic and Resene Roxy
  • Masking tape

Step one: Mask out the stripes, in random sizes. 

Step two: Paint the vase, using the Resene testpots. 

Step three: Remove the tape, and leave to dry.

Step four: Fill with seed lights and bring extra beauty to your mantelpiece.