Earth Day Craft: Upcycled Bud Vase

Today’s guest post is from one of my good friends, Dinah from DIY Inspired & Inheriting Our Planet. I am always amazed at how Dinah can take an object and upcycle it into something pretty darn awesome. I was thrilled when she said yes to guest posting and doing an Earth Day craft. Thanks so much Dinah!

I am so excited to share a fun and simple upcycled craft for Earth Day today here at A Spectacled Owl! I am sharing how I turned a store bought candle into a painted stenciled bud vase. This trash to treasure project makes a great gift too, especially for Mother’s Day coming up. Here is how I made this upcycled bud vase.

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  • Old glass jar or candle jar
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Spouncer
  • Stencil
  • Small paper plate
  • Painter’s tape
  • Washi tape or decorative craft tape

Here is what the glass looked like BEFORE I cleaned and removed the old wax. Here are the step by step instructions on How to Remove Wax from a Glass.

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Once your glass is clean, tape off the edge with Painter’s tape.

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Using a foam brush, paint your glass the desired color. I used Martha Stewart’s acrylic paint. Allow it to dry one hour in between coats.

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Add a decorative Washi tape to the edge. I used gold sparkle tape.

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Next, apply your stencil. I like to use adhesive stencils to prevent bleeding. Using a spouncer in an up and down motion, paint your glass. The less paint you use the better and be sure to remove the excess paint onto your paper plate. You can remove the stencil right away and allow the paint to dry.

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There you have it! Think twice before throwing away used candles, rather, get creative and upcycle it into a great gift. Here are a few more fun Earth Day Crafts I’ve done in the past if you need more inspiration! Thank you Tara, for having me guest post today!

Thanks again for sharing this great upcycled craft, Dinah. Please head over & visit Dinah’s blogs DIY Inspired & Inheriting Our Planet


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