TGI{DIY}Friday :: Chic Luminaries

October 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

This might be one of my favorite projects ever! Here is what you need…

Glass vase

Two different colors of tissue paper (light and dark). I used two different color combos…cream & gold and white & silver

Elmer’s glue (like the kind you used in elementary)

Small paint brush

Craft punch


Step 1

Make your tissue medallions with your craft punch. Mine is 1 1/2″ in diameter. You will probably want to make quite a bit, depending on how big your vase is and how many you are making.

Step 2

Make your paste. Mix the glue and water to make a milky paste. You want it to be sort of thick, not too runny. Make sure it is completely smooth and there are no clumps.

Step 3

Cover your vase in the tissue medallions. I used two different types of patterns while doing mine. My hands were pretty full while doing this project, so I couldn’t photograph myself in action.¬† I’ll post the picture I used as my guide.

Step 4

Continue gluing tissue medallions around the remainder of your vase until the entire thing is covered and painted in a coat of glue paste. If you hold your vase up to a window or light you will be able to see your pattern a bit better. You will need to use half pieces of tissue medallions to finish off the pattern around the top, in the same way you did when you started your pattern at the bottom. Make sure to set your luminaries aside to completely dry before putting candles inside.

For more on the inspiration behind this project, click here


TGI{DIY}Firday :: Milk It For All It’s Worth

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love this project so much! In the wedding business, you tend to accumulate a ton of vases. They all start to look the same after a while, so I wanted to change the vases up a bit. I found out it is super easy and cheap to recreate a vintage milk glass with the vases I already have. This project can be done with vases or any type of glass, but works best with a textured surface.

Here’s the look…


Textured glass

Glass cleaner

White Spray Paint (Krylon in Flat White)

Step 1:

Find the glass pieces you want to use. You might be surprised what you find. If you absolutely don’t have anything, you can always look at thrift stores.

Step 2:

Wipe down your glass with glass cleaner. Remove all dirt and dust. If there was a price tag or sticker, remove and wipe off the gummy residue.

Find a good place outdoors and put a tarp or plastic down. Spray carefully and evenly.

Step 3:

Let glasses completely dry overnight before you fill with water and flowers.

Step 4:

Enjoy your beautiful new milk glasses!

For more on this project, click here

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