Roundup: 10 Awesome DIY Metallic Vases and Planters

by Capree K

created at: 01/14/2013

Who doesn't love a pop of shiny, metallic goodness? This design trend has been hot for a couple years and, judging by the huge amount of gold and copper DIY projects we keep seeing, it doesn't appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If your own space could use a little touch of shine, check out these easy vase and planter projects -- they'll add just the right amount of flair to desktops, counters, or windowsills!     

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Make It: Quick and Colorful Mason Jar Vase

by Craftmel

created at: 03/27/2012

Some days I find myself with a real need to get some creating done.  This is usually when the laundry pile is the highest, the floor is in need of sweeping, and dishes still sit in the sink.  Sound familiar?  It is those days that I need to do something that actually gets finished, unlike that bottomless laundry pile.

That's why I love easy projects like these that can be done in minutes to break up the monotony of housework.  Plus, they make the home feel a bit brighter too.

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How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

by Capree K

created at: 04/21/2011

Two birds, one stone?  Puh-lease!  You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces.  Maybe more if you're really good.  While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so.  Relatively being the operative word.  While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean those...

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How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

by Chris Gardner

Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,

chlorine, and some citric acid. So, create your own DIY solution that you can continue to use throughout multiple water changes. "Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water."

That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out the...

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Make a Vasemaker for $1.50!

by DIY Maven

A couple weeks ago I wrote up a little profile about something called the Vasemaker, which is a ceramic ‘vase top’ that enables you to convert/elevate any kind of jar or glass into a bud vase. I thought it was kind of clever, but at 50 bucks a shot, I thought it was kind of spendy too. Especially for something so simple in design. So it started me thinking, which led me to a DIY version that costs–no lie–a buck fifty.

Stuff to get:

a square of wood...

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How to Make Test Tube Vases

by Chris Gardner

I saw these a few weeks ago on Cribcandy: clever, and tongue-in-cheek without being kitschy. At $9 a piece, they’re not ridiculously overpriced, but a purchase is never as fun as a DIY attempt.



Test tubes
Scrap hardwood and power saw
Wooden craft blocks
Spade bit, matching the size of the test tube
Electric drill or drill press
Wood stain, or finishing oil, paste wax, etc

1. Obtain the test tubes. Ask friends or...

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