Hailey turned 7 on Saturday. She requested a tea party birthday. In fact, she requested almost every detail of her party and gave me several shopping lists! (I think she may have been most excited about having white bread, which is something, according to her, she only gets on her birthday.)
I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive, so I borrowed and thrifted for the tea party decor. I bought some thrifted glass vases to fix up for glam centerpieces to put fresh flowers into. I wanted to go for the half-dipped gold look, with a band of glitter for the Fancy Nancy touch.
Tea Party Decor DIY Glass Vases: What to buy
Your shopping list is above! Also – grab the plastic wrap out of your kitchen.
Step 1: Spray paint never looked so elegant
I used this Krylon Short Cuts spray paint for the vases. It was inexpensive and it went on very smooth and metallic.
You are going to mask off the portion of the glass that will stay clear. Use some plastic wrap to wrap the top of the vase down to the mark where you’ll have your tape.
Now make a smooth line of tape around your vase, making sure the plastic wrap ends are tucked beneath the tape and not hanging below. It’s ok if it’s not perfect, you’ll be putting glitter over the top rim of the gold.
Turn your vase upside-down on a piece of cardboard and spray that baby. While you spray, keep your arm moving to avoid drips and get an even surface. If your paint looks thin, go over it a second time when dry.
Step 2: 1 on 1 with Mr. Elmer
After your paint is dry, which shouldn’t take that long if it’s a warm day, bring the vases inside and remove the plastic wrap and tape. Apply a line of Elmer’s glue around the rim of your gold-dipped portion, and then an inch to an inch and a half below add a second line of glue. Between the lines, make a curvy line of glue to fill in. Use your finger to blend. (Do one vase at a time so the glue doesn’t dry.)
Step 3: Add the Glitter!
Place your vases over a paper or piece of cardboard and then sprinkle on your glitter evenly over the glue. Wait for it to dry, and fill with fresh flowers!
Hailey loved her elegant but girly tea party, and the vases received a lot of compliments! Add some DIY modern calligraphy on a chalkboard or card for more charm!