Ribbon and Lace Vase

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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:

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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 also couldn’t resist picking out two 4″ polka-dotted Zinnia flowers in Mint as well as some 14mm Pearlies in Ivory.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I had the perfect project in mind, and it started with these rather ugly vases:

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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.

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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.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Finally, I added the Grey Velvet ribbon on top, again securing at the back with small glue dots.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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.

Ribbon and Lace Vase - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I stuck a large glue dot onto the white felt circles on the back of each Zinnia, and adhered the flowers to each vase.

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And now I have a set of pretty vintage-style vases in soothing colors and textures!

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Do you like the muted color scheme, or are you more of a fan of bright ribbon colors?

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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!

Happy crafting!

~Laura


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!

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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!
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16 Comments

  1. Posted February 27, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    These are so sweet! I love colors you used, and I especially love the polka dot zinnias!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Hi Steph! Thank you so much! Laura did such an incredible job with these vases. I love the polka dot zinnias too! They really complete this stunning transformation! Thank you again for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  2. Posted February 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Love those vases … such a pretty way to jazz them up!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Randi! Thank you so much! These vases are amazing, and I love how easy it was for Laura to totally transform them! They are so pretty and elegant looking with those gorgeous colors and textures! Thank you again for sharing and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  3. amy @ one artsy mama
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Ooh, pretty! Love the flowers!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Hi Amy! Thank you so much! These vases are brilliant and so much fun! We are so glad that you like them! Thank you again for sharing and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  4. Pat C.
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What gorgeous vases!! I love the color scheme and the romantic, vintage feel that the embellishments and distressing add.♥ Never in a million years would I have been able to come up with such an inspired project.

    Thank you for sharing your makeover, Laura, and thank you, Michelle, for sharing Laura – hehe! xoxo

    • Posted February 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks you so much Pat! Your words – romantic, vintage feel, and distressing – are exactly what I was going for! So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Posted February 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    These turned out wonderful! What a fabulous transformation!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much! Aren’t these vases divine?!? I love how they turned out and how Laura made them look so elegant and stunning! Thank you again for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  6. Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I love all of the different color and textures! It really makes these stand out.

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Britni! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! These vases are so much fun, and I too love all of the texture you get with these gorgeous ribbons! Laura did such a FABulous job on these! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  7. Posted March 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Love the way these turned out!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Rachel! Thank you for your comment! Laura is awesome and did such a great job! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  8. Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely gorgeous and that ribbon is fabulous!

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      Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary Beth! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! We are so glad that you like them! Laura did such an amazing job transforming her old vases into something gorgeous! :)
      Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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