I have a massive forsythia bush at the edge of my driveway that looks as if it has remained untrimmed for years, which is a good thing in my book. I moved into my home in July so I’m still getting to know the landscape and all of its trees and plantings. I haven’t seen this forsythia in bloom, but I’ve been looking forward to it for eight months and from the few specs of yellow I spy from my kitchen window, the explosion of color is imminent. And I am so excited.
Grace did a gorgeous roundup of handmade vases a few weeks ago that inspired me to create my own “in the stores now” roundup and now I’m on the hunt for DIY vase projects so I can choose carefully from all price points. Last Friday in our newsletter, I addressed the issue of “affordability” and asked our newsletter readers to chime in and help me process my thoughts on the issue with other opinions, thoughts and circumstances.
The response was overwhelming and the responses were varied, thoughtful and insightful. If you’d like to join that conversation, but aren’t a newsletter subscriber, you can to read the “Affordability” edition of the newsletter. You can help me with my dilemma around the issue and either chime in here in the comments section or follow the link in the newsletter to send your thoughts directly to my email. I’d love to hear from more of our audience on the subject and I feel like this conversation will make its way to this site soon.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to try to DIY before I buy and these three projects require minimal time, skill and investment. I always schedule time on the weekend to work with my daughter on some type of creative project, and our about-to-burst forsythia has us excited to tackle at least one of these projects this weekend.
First up is a very simple and fun take on the bud vase, which holds such a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my grandmother. My daughter and I might create this project first for the sole reason that it involves puffy paint. I’ve always poo-poo’ed puffy paint, but this seems like a practical use of such a strange product. Thanks to Erica from for this nostalgic DIY!
Click through for this vase DIY and two more in more modern styles that are completely doable in an afternoon! –Caitlin
Images above: 1. Forsythia suspensa illustrated by L. van Houtte in 1845 & included in Flore des serres et des jardin de l’Eurpoe, Volume 12. Via // 2. Narrow by Frances Palmer // 3. Erica’s Faux Porcelain Vase DIY
I had to include a shot of the puffy paint part of this DIY! You can find the full instructions right here.
If you’re into to more sculptural forms, this copper vase DIY is right up your alley. It’s kind of an entryway showstopper.
Get the full instructions for this beauty right here.
And finally, if you’d like to have a permanent place for fresh or dried flowers, this mounted wine bottle vase is a clean, modern take, perfect for a bathroom, above a nightstand or perhaps next to the kitchen sink. Experimenting with different bottles and sizes seems completely appropriate here to customize this project for your space.