Howdy! I’m Laura from Pet Scribbles, and I’m really excited to be here! Today I’m going to show you a vase makeover, and how layering ribbons can have a big impact.
I’m drawn to vintage-style things, and many of my craft projects on my blog have a vintage vibe to them. One of my favorite embellishments to use is ribbon, and whether it’s a strip of velvet, a bit of lace or anything in between, I know I can add some serious vintage style to my projects.
Here’s a few of my favorite ribbons and trims from The Ribbon Retreat in one of my go-to color palettes:
Aren’t they pretty?
Very soothing colors, and I love the mix of textures! In the above image, there’s 2″ and 3″ solid grosgrain ribbon in Sea Mist; 3/8″ velvet ribbon in Grey; 1.5″ Evelyn lace in Ivory; and a 5/8″ vintage rayon-style ribbon in Cloud Blue that feels just like seam binding.
I had the perfect project in mind, and it started with these rather ugly vases:
It isn’t that they’re so horrible, it’s just that they’re kind of dirty and beat up, and I’ve had them for years determined to do something with them.
I decided to paint the vases in a color that would show off my chosen ribbons. I painted them in a chalky finish style paint, and added a dark wax which I then rubbed back off to give the vases some depth.
Already they look so much better!
Once they were dry, it was time to play! Yes, I always find embellishing with ribbons to be akin to play time, as I really enjoy trying out different combinations before I settle upon what I want to do.
Layering ribbons is very easy, especially if you keep your sizes in mind when choosing which ribbons and trims you want to use. If you start with a wide ribbon, you’ll have a much easier time layering with smaller sizes.
First I used a strip of the 3″ Sea Mist Grosgrain as the base. I used small glue dots that are very strong to adhere the ribbon to the vase.
Next it was time to add the pretty lace. Isn’t this lace gorgeous? I used a larger size of glue dots for the lace, and only added the glue dots to the ends that overlapped.
Finally, I added the Grey Velvet ribbon on top, again securing at the back with small glue dots.
Layering ribbons brings out the colors in the vase and also highlights the different textures of each ribbon too.
Next it was time to embellish my Zinnia flowers! Each flower comes with a white felt circle on the back, which makes it so easy to attach these flowers to your project.
First I added one Pearlie to the center of each flower, using a large glue dot. I pressed down to make sure the pearl adhered well to the pleats in the flower. Next I took some adhesive-backed pearls I had in my stash left over from another project — you know how that is, right? — and added them around the Pearlie.
I stuck a large glue dot onto the white felt circles on the back of each Zinnia, and adhered the flowers to each vase.
And now I have a set of pretty vintage-style vases in soothing colors and textures!
Do you like the muted color scheme, or are you more of a fan of bright ribbon colors?
I find myself drawn to the muted shades, but I have made some crafts with brighter colors that still had a vintage feel to them! And that’s what is so awesome about The Ribbon Retreat: they have something for every style!
Thanks so much for letting me share this project with you!
What a fun and easy way to completely transform an old, unused vase. I love the vintage feel the velvet ribbon and lace add to these vases and the cool tones of the mint and gray. This project is easy to complete, but is an outstanding transformation.
To see more of Laura’s creations, make sure to stop by Pet Scribbles where you will find great tips and tricks for growing an incredible garden and creating fun crafts like these vintage inspired vases.
Do you have an item in your home ready for a small over-haul? Look at some of our other makeover inspired tutorials perfect for transforming something ordinary into extraordinary!
All of the supplies found in these fun projects can be found right here at The Ribbon Retreat…your one stop crafty shop!
Happy Creating & Happy Crafts!