Nothing can cheer up my rooms, bathrooms, and office like a fresh spray of flowers. Back when I owned my very first rescued furniture shop, I had fresh flowers adorning every single vignette I curated. Fresh flowers not only bring fresh scents, but a fresh mood! These days, whenever I bring a meal to a sick friend or a present to celebrate a birthday, I make sure to include a small bundle of fresh foliage along as an added happy. Over the years I have learned that the vase in which they arrive can be just as special as the flowers. Today I would like to share an easy to execute secret I have picked up over the years. A hand decorated vase is not only economical, but oh so thoughtful. Here’s to one of my favorite projects to remake and regift!
How to Create a DIY Gilded Vase
Products you will need:
Amy Howard at Home© Adhesive Stencil (Coming Soon)
Amy Howard at Home© Variegated Copper Leaf (Coming Soon)
I chose to use a tall cylinder vase for my project, but any simple clear vase would have worked perfectly. Be sure to thoroughly clean your vase before beginning with Amy Howard at Home® Clean Slate™.
Once my vase was clean and dry, I applied my Amy Howard at Home© Adhesive Stencil around the entire body of the vase, mindfully matching up the pattern ends.
I firmly burnished the entire stencil with my hands to press out any troublesome air bubbles.
I used a clean sponge brush to stipple my Amy Howard at Home© Gilding Size over the entire glass area not hidden under the stencil.
With gently pressure, I pressed Amy Howard at Home© Variegated Copper Leaf over the entire vase. I aimed for full coverage, working until all bare spaces were gilded.
I used a small, clean lint-free rag to gently brush off the excess loose flakes from my newly gilded vase.
Once my size had completely cured, I began to slowly remove the entire adhesive stencil from my vase.
As a finishing measure, I gently wiped down my gilded surface with a clean lint-free rag to ensure I was left with clean and full adhesion.
Be sure to check out our lacquered vase tutorial before you leave!
Now it’s your turn to enjoy the bragging rights!