Vases

Vases get spiffed up with decoupage medium and colorful pieces of tissue. (Amanda Formaro / April 9, 2013)

Springtime conjures up thoughts of flowers, with their pretty colors dotting the landscape. Because bright colors are a great way to celebrate spring's arrival into a home, we are turning plain glass vases into cheery accent pieces.

Most of us have several of these generic vases stashed away in a cupboard. If you don't, pop into a craft store or thrift store where you'll find an assortment of shapes and sizes that are reasonably priced.

Look for vases (jars work too) that are smooth; ridges will make it difficult to apply the tissue. That said, however, it's OK if the tissue bunches up a bit; this will add texture.

Directions

1. Wash and dry the vases. Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of decoupage medium to outside of each vase. The surface does not have to be completely dry to move to Step 2.

2. Cut white tissue paper into strips about 3 to 4 inches long to create a base layer. Apply strips to the glass with the decoupage medium and paintbrush until the glass is covered.

3. Striped vase: Cut colored tissue paper into strips, about 1 inch wide; length can vary, but note that if they are too long, they can be unwieldy. Apply to glass using decoupage medium and paintbrush. Continue applying desired colors around the vase until it is covered.

Confetti design: Cut strips of colored or patterned tissue into small squares; apply to vase using decoupage medium and paintbrush.

4. Allow vases to dry at least 4 hours. Apply 1 to 2 coats of gloss sealer.

Amanda Formaro is a professional crafter; find more projects at her website, craftsbyamanda.com.

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Materials needed

•Glass vase(s)

•Paintbrush

•Decoupage medium, such as Mod Podge (see note)

•Tissue paper in white and colors of your choice. (Printed designs will work fine too.)

•Scissors

•Gloss spray sealer

Note: Decoupage medium is sold at craft and department stores. You can make a homemade version by combining 2 parts white craft glue to 1 part water.

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