Try This Anthropologie XO Vase Hack

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I was perusing the Anthropologie site last week. They were having a great sale, and I love to stock up on gifts. I ran across these XO vases. They are darling, and the price is not ridiculous at all, but after a quick trip to Walmart, I saw white cups for .50 cents, and my mind went straight to the cute red X’s and O’s on Anthropologie’s vase. No calligraphy or crazy artistic expertise needed for this DIY XO vase. If you learned how to draw X’s and O’s in kindergarten, YOU GOT THIS!

The DIY vase is not made of glass or pottery, but if you’re looking for a thoughtful, low-budget buy for a girlfriend, friend or loved one this Valentine’s Day, this is a good one. Actually, I’d argue that an XO vase is relevant all year long – we give hugs and kisses all year, right?!

Let’s get this LOVEly vase party started.

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DIY XO Vase, Anthropologie Hack

Materials:

  • White tumblers – here and here (pink and teal also available at Target for .50 cents)
  • Enamel paint, red (Michaels, Joann’s or Walmart)
  • paint brush (thin, slanted tip worked best for us)
  • waterproof sealant (optional, if you want them to last longer)

Directions:

Step 1: With a paintbrush, draw X’s and O’s all over the vase with enamel paint. Enamel paint is best because it’s dishwasher safe. NOTE: Since the cups are plastic, the XO can scratch off, even with dishwasher safe paint. So, spraying or painting the cups with a dishwasher safe sealant is a good idea if you want them to last. Leave a small space between each set of XO’s. Start at the top of the cup and make your way down. If you want to add weight to the bottom, add a rock. Wait to the paint to dry, and then fill with water and pretty flowers. That’s it!

BTW…if DIYing is not your thing, the real version at Anthropologie version is really pretty and a great gift!

XO vase-anthropologie hack- valentines day decor-DIY flower vase

XO vase-anthropologie hack- valentines day decor-DIY flower vase

 

XO vase-anthropologie hack- valentines day decor-DIY flower vase

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

sweater weather

We busted out the sweaters this weekend as the first flakes flew. As I put on my sweater, I thought about how cozy sweaters are, and how they feel like the warmth of “home,” curled up on the couch with my kiddos and hubby, with a cup of tea or coffee close by. So, why not incorporate a sweater’s feeling of “home” into the home. Some fantastic ideas below…

1. Sweater Box, Thrifty and Chic {DIY tutorial here}
2. Sweater Candle Holder, Knick of Time
3. Sweater Pumpkin, Confessions of a Plate Addict {DIY tutorial here}
4. Sculpted Origami Sweater Knit Pillow Cover, West Elm {$34}
5. Sweater Pumpkin, The Painted Home {DIY tutorial here}
6. Cable Knit Napkins, Elizabeth Anne Designs
7. Mug Cozy, Knit Storm on Etsy {$17}
8. Recycled Sweater Vase,Under the Table and Dreaming {DIY tutorial here}
9. Sweater Yet Vase, Modcloth {$17}
10. Sweater Lampshade Cover, Thrifty and Chic {DIY tutorial here}

{images via Modcloth, Confessions of a Plate Addict, Knick of TimeThrifty and Chic, West Elm, Elizabeth Anne Designs, A Painted Home, Under the Table and Dreaming, Knit Storm}

ombre’s cuz makes a colorful dip

I love ombre, so it’s no surprise I like ombre’s cousin…otherwise known as dip dye. From furniture and home accessories, to jewelry and handbags, dip-dye is making a huge splash…or dip into the home, fashion and diy worlds.

1. dipped blue vases, west elm {$24-$89}
2. dip-dye dining table chairs, Better Homes and Gardens
3. dip-dyed baskets, Martha Stewart {diy}
4. dip dye side tables, visit design sponge for diy tutorials
5. dip dye yellow tablecloth, house to home 
6. turk’s head rope bracelet, a + r {$85}
{for all you diy’ers, love maegan will teach you how to make a diy rope bracelet}
7. dip-dye bracelet, Nasty Gal {$15}
8. dip dye drapes, Michael Penney Style {diy}
9. dip dye vintage spoons, for me, for you {diy}
10. natural organic dip-dyed ombre blue indigo linen tote, Jeanie Deans via Etsy {$68}
11. dip dye wooden bowls, Wind and Willow Home
12. dip dye svalbo, The Sweet Beast {diy}

{images via Better Homes and GardensNasty GalJeanie DeansMichael Penney Stylea + rhouse to homewind and willow home, design spongeMartha StewartWest ElmFor Me-For YouThe Sweet Beast}


diy vase

I’ve seen people make beautiful handmade centerpieces with just about anything – bark, photos, candles, mason jars and of course vases. Today, we broaden our vase database with these adorable and chic ideas!

Cori Cook Floral Design, a sweet and creative Denver-based floral designer we ADORE, designed some cute DIY vases that would work for any party, especially a bridal shower or baby shower. I can’t wait to do this! Find her tutorial here.

The talented Beverly at Flamingo Toes made some cottage chic single-bud framed vases, and shares her fabulous how-to here.

Eden from Sugar and Charm shares her bright, DIY enamel-painted vases that is sure to impress, and easy to make. Visit her site for how-to instructions.

Hey Gorgeous transforms various-shaped milk bottles into a beautiful display of white vases with spray paint. Here directions here.

Add an antique touch to your table setting by using vintage tea tin cans as a vase. I love this look. The tea tins at Pearl River Mart would be perfect for this project.

{images via Cori Cook Floral Design, Flamingo Toes, Sugar and Charm, Hey Gorgeous, The Sweetest Occasion}