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Use color prints for easy-to-change vases

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Line vase with colorful images to create table setting for any occasion.

This is one of my favorite and easiest projects. Whether you’re having a small celebratory dinner at home or a wedding celebration for 250 guests, this do-it-yourself vase is a great solution.

Each vase design will take you less than five minutes, so you can make them in a pinch. Did I mention that there’s no mess involved?

I’ve been asked to help decorate for fundraisers in the past, and this is a perfect go-to project. You can use the same cylindrical vases over and over – just change the insert to fit the occasion.

You can create a collection of vases to coordinate with your dishware, flowers, setting or occasion. You need two glass vases that fit inside one another so you can fill one with water without damaging the color-copy-paper lining.

Gather:

•Cylindrical glass vases in two sizes: one that fits into the other.

•Color copies of fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap or other patterned materials preferably printed on glossy photo paper.

•Double-stick tape

Create:

1. Cut the color copies to line the interior of the larger of the two vases.

2. Use double-stick tape to adhere the paper to the inside of the vase.

3. Insert the smaller vase into the larger one and fill it with water and freshly cut flowers.

If you’re having a party, you can even create custom-layered decoupaged paper linings. For example, cut and tape pretty tags for a custom message or add the guest of honor’s name before taping the color-copy lining to the glass.

This project was adapted from my new book, “The Painted Home,” which debuted in September. “The Painted Home” features 20 DIY projects, a custom stencil, useful design tips and my personal stories about how to surround yourself with the things you love.

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