Watch how these old vases turn into an elegant dining table centerpiece.
My vase centerpiece for our dining room table this year is effortless yet elegant. The vases are upcycled from my daughter’s rehearsal dinner several years ago, in which I did a similar design.
I’ve been hanging onto these vases, and today is the day they get a makeover.
If you like to upcycle, then here is another post that may interest you.
Shop around for vases; I bought a couple from Dollar Tree and Big Lots, and I already had a few tucked away from old flower arrangements. I like the look of varying sizes and shapes; it gives the arrangement dimension and is more pleasing to the eye.
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Step 1 – Clean Vases
Clean the glass vases and tape off your desired design with painter’s tape.
Try to use different designs for interest; let your imagination guide the tape… there is no right or wrong!
Step 2 – Mod Podge
Using a paintbrush, paint the Mod Podge where you want the glitter to adhere to the glass, using the tape as your guide.
Use a thin layer of Mod Podge to prevent clumping; you can always go back to areas you may have missed.
Step 3 – Glitter
Sprinkle the glitter onto the Mod Podge.
*Use an old plastic bin to catch the extra glitter and reuse it on the remaining vases.
When done with the glitter, it can store it for another project.
Allow the glitter to dry and remove excess glitter with a dry cloth or clean, dry paintbrush.
- To preserve the glitter and avoid fallout, spray with a matte sealer such as Krylon or Rustoleum.
- A coat of Mod Podge will also work.
- Hairspray can also be used.
If you are interested in the history of glitter, here is an interesting article from the New York Times.
For other upcycle vase ideas, you may be interested in this post. I designed three different looks using the same white vase from the Dollar Store.
Decorating The Elegant Glittered Vases
To achieve the look below.
- Fill the glittered vases with water about 3/4 of the way.
- Add cranberries, I used real cranberries.
- Leave enough space for the floating candle.
- Light and enjoy the ambiance.
Arranging The Elegant Glittered Vases
I added faux boxwood that I had leftover from decorating the tree and added a few ornaments for a more festive look.
The vases can be used for many different occasions and removing the cranberries would change
the holiday-inspired theme.
The placemats and napkins were from Potterybarn a few years ago. I clipped butterfly ornaments to the napkin. The butterflies were gold and sparkled to tie in with the vases.
If you like this centerpiece, you may also like Sweet Little Topiary.
At night the lit candles in the vase cast a beautiful glow and set the holiday mood.
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Write in the comments how you will be setting your table this holiday and if you have any questions, leave me a comment.
carol spalding says
They are just beautiful!! So expensive looking. Love your instructions, i think even I can do this! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!
Thanks for stopping by and I know you can do it….
Happy New Year to you too!
I love love this idea! So many possibilities! Beautiful and creative! Kiddos ☺️ Cindy
Thanks for the nice comment. You are correct, they can definitely be re-styled to any decor!
These are so pretty. Love the gold glitter accents. Pinned