Check my DIY Pedestal Vase post to see how I made the vases. In this diy I show how I spray painted them. I bought Design Master Brilliant Gold, Montana Gold and Krylon Looking Glass, I ended up liking Design Master in Brilliant Gold.
So I sprayed the vases 3 different ways. For the first one I sprayed a bottle of vinegar(undiluted) all over the vase and then sprayed a thin layer of the of the Design Master's gold spray paint. Then I quickly dabbed the paint with some paper towel.The result is shown below. The look is more sheer and iridescent. I really liked this look
The second technique just has you repeating the step above a second time. I found the more coats I did the duller and metallic the paint looked.
The third type is an opaque layer of paint. I sprayed 2 coats of the Montana Gold over the vase. Then I added a thin layer of Design Masters Brilliant Gold to brighten the color. I found Montana's gold to look more natural and shiny but I liked the bright gold of Design Master.
*I didn't end up using krylon's looking glass because it was too silver for the look I wanted.
Completed vases below!!!
When my planner broached the subject of whether I wanted to rent or purchase my own centerpiece vases, I decided I didn't want to chance anyone taking the rentals and opted to buy. I was clearly young and naive because the style of vaseI wanted (gold pedestal vases) are NOT CHEAP! So my hunt through pinterest began and I found tutorials on how to make your own. I loved the idea and everyone seemed to be getting their materials from Dollar Tree. Unfortunately there are no Dollar Trees near me and the closest Dollarama doesn't sell a lot of glass wear. So I headed to my nearest Value Village and fell in love!!! I've been making weekly trips there every since.
The idea is really simple. Find some pretty bowls and candle sticks and glue them together. I used E6000 glue and let them sit upside down for 2 days just to be safe. Make sure to wash everything before gluing.
As you can see my heights, and bowl widths are all slightly different. I love that they're all one of a kind and special. No one will be taking the same vase home. I'll be spray painting them gold to tie everything together. Each vase costs less than $10.
If you've read my bio to the right of the page and my background post then you know my theme for the wedding is an English garden. Planning a wedding in Toronto can get extremely expensive so I'm constantly trying to find affordable options that go with my theme. I went back and forth between wanting ornate picture frames to house my numbers to simply having a simple stand and printing the numbers at staples. I don't know how I ended up painting my own table numbers but somehow it ended up being the cheapest option while still being interesting. I already own water color supplies and brushes so all I needed were the stands. I bought them at Michaels for $2.50 each. In total the table numbers cost me $22.50 CAD.
The table numbers are a 3 step process but if you don't care to paint a design they look perfectly beautiful on their own.
The stands need to be sanded before paint. Simply sand until there are no splinters in the wood. Then start painting the stand with the sponge brush (any large brush will do). I used white acrylic paint but you can use chalkboard paint if you want to make it dark. I did 3 or 4 coats of paint. ALTERNATE: You can use spray paint to coat the stands instead!!!
Next find a font and number size you like and print them out. I accidentally chose one that has thin lines and is all curves. Don't make the same mistake unless you have a very steady hand! It took me a little longer to clean the lines up because of it. After you've printed them take a dark crayon or pencil crayon and draw over the numbers on the back of the page. Position your number with crayon side down as shown in the photo below and start tracing the outline of the number. The result is the picture on the right. (If you painted the stand black or a darker color you can use white chalk instead of crayons).
Outline the number with a thin ink pen. Then fill in the outlines and smooth the edges.
As you can see below the numbers look great as is. The next step is completely optional. You can add "NO. or Table" to them, your own design, or you can leave them blank.
Painting Watercolor Flowers
I initially tried painting some smaller leaf designs I saw online but ended up improvising and painting these flowers instead. Here's my process through photos! I won't describe how to paint watercolor but here are step by step photos on how I did it. You can paint whatever design you like.
As you can see each one is a little different. Which seems to be a pattern with my wedding. Everything's a bit mismatched but it keeps things interesting.
Completed Numbers!!!! Thankfully I only needed to make 9 of these. If I had to do 20 or 30 I would probably just buy some stock paper and call it a day.
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My Fiance and I were engaged February 27th, 2016 and I've been steadily planning the wedding day by day. Initially, I began my planning journey intending to leave everything to a wedding planner but I ended up becoming more invested then I had expected. Cue the diy projects! Somehow throughout the months I began compiling and pinteresting as many different diy ideas possible. This blog will share all my diy projects, thrifted and vintage finds, bridal inspirations, accessories, and all things pretty!