Posts Tagged ‘vase’


DIY // Faux Metal Planter

I just got back from my trip to Ventura and LA last night and have a lot to catch up on today. But I wanted to pop in this morning to share these metallic planters that I made for Curbly recently.

All in all, each one of these took me about 5 minutes to make, and I already had all of the supplies, so it cost me nothing. Don’t you love it when that happens?

5 Minute Copper Planter DIY

5 Minute Faux Metal Planter DIY

Want to make your own? Check out the full tutorial here on Curbly.

P.S. I had a great time at Craftcation and will be sharing some photos from my trip soon. What did you do this weekend?


DIY // upcycled cans to fabric vases

The sweet ladies at The Fabric Store recently sent me a gorgeous stack of fabric from their shop to kick off their new store opening in Los Angeles. If you live in Australia or New Zealand you’ve probably heard of The Fabric Store already, and now that a US store has opened, everyone here in the states can enjoy it too.

Since this LA location (136 South La Brea Avenue) is the flagship store for the US, it’s kind of a big deal. A.K.A., definitely worth the trip to visit the shop in person.  Awesome thing to note: All fabrics at The Fabric Store are grouped by color and type, which makes it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, even if you’re in a hurry. Kind of like a clothing store. Pretty cool, huh?

I am in love with the prints they sent over (get an idea of the available selections here) and can only imagine how great the selection in-store is. Really wish I didn’t live all the way across the country, so I could visit in person. For now though, I am hoping to live vicariously through all you LA peeps who might take pity on me and post a photo or two on Instagram so I can pretend I was there.

Here’s a quick peek into the shop…

The Fabric Store (storefront)

The Fabric Store // interior shot

If you aren’t able to make it into the store, you can always check ‘em out online as well: Website // Blog // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter

Okay, so do you want to see what I made with the fabrics they sent over?

It’s an easy one and (bonus) uses upcycled materials.

So here was my thought… Vases can be pretty pricey and a lot of the options that are actually affordable kind of suck in the looks department. So, this is my DIY solution for that: fabric-covered vases made from soup (and beans) cans. The short container is the bean can, in case you’re looking for different sizes at the grocery store. Whenever I look at it, I say (in my head), ‘Roll that beautiful bean footage’. Remember that commercial?

step by step fabric vases





empty soup cans // fabric scissors // spray adhesive // fabric


1. Start by cleaning out a soup can with soap and water, then remove the paper label and dry the can off completely.

2. Next, cut a piece of fabric to size (slightly larger than the can – about an inch wider, longer, and taller). Set aside.

3. Spray the can with a coat of spray adhesive.

4. Then, put the fabric down on a flat surface and place the can on top. Begin rolling and pressing down on the fabric as you roll, to secure the fabric and remove bumps. Secure extra end (that overlaps where the fabric started) with more glue/ spray adhesive.

5. Spray the inside of the can with adhesive and then tuck the top of the fabric, where the opening is, inside the can.

6. Add water and flowers and you are done.

upcycled can to fabric flower vases

geometric fabric vase diy

DIY fabric vase project

DIY vases made from recycled cans

What do you think? Will you be saving soup cans and fabric scraps for a project like this?

For more DIYs like this one, visit the DIY & Tutorials page.

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Some DIYs are more complicated than others, but this one couldn’t be any easier…

When I was still in Seattle (and lived directly across the street from Wets Elm) I found these toothbrush holders and fell in love with the stripes. I didn’t really need a vessel for the bathroom, so I bought one to use as a vase for tiny centerpieces instead. I use it all the time!

Tips for Creating a Similar Centerpiece: Cut the stems short (close to the vase’s opening) for a uniquely, casual look. I recommend trimming the stems under water at a 45 degree angle and removing all leaves from the stems. Water should be changed out every other day or as needed. 

My favorite flowers to include in any arrangement are peonies and ranunculus, which were super easy to find in spring, but during the summer, not so much. Guess I am going to need to find a new favorite. Any suggestions?

Which kind of flowers are your favorites to include in arrangements?

photos and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff (that’s me)


Admittedly, the bathroom is one of the rooms of every house or apartment we’ve lived in that is neglected when it comes to decorating. It’s kind of a no-frills zone for most people, but I didn’t want to abandon it completely. So I whipped up a little something to bring DIY into the least-decorated room of the house.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own peekaboo soap dispenser / flower vase:


  • liquid leaf in silver (or gold)
  • paint brush
  • old soap dispenser
  • masking tape or washi tape (to create a stencil)
  • scissors (for cutting the stencil)

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Find an old soap dispenser that you want to makeover or buy a new one that you like the shape of. I got mine from Target and it was under $10). Wipe it clean from dust and debris and remove the pump.
  2. Grab your tape and start layering it (as shown in the photo below) to create a large area for your stencil. *Make sure you layer your tape onto a non-stick surface, like a table, that you can easily peel the tape from when you are ready.
  3. Draw any shape you want to use directly onto the tape to use as a guide. I went with a circle, but any other shape works just as well.
  4. Peel your layered tape away from the non-stick surface and cut out the shape. This is now your stencil – the area that you do not want paint to go.
  5. Stick your stencil onto the surface of your soap dispenser and make sure it is really secure. Push the entire surface down a few times to make sure that no paint goes underneath the stencil area.
  6. Now it’s time to paint. I used a small brush and did two coats. If you are using a larger brush or a sponge brush (which would probably be the best so there are no brush strokes) it will take less time. The silver leaf doesn’t take long to try to the touch.
  7. Once you’ve painted at least two coats and allowed the paint to fully dry, remove the tape carefully and touch up any areas as needed. Optional: Top coat of sealant.

And that’s it! Now all you have to do is decide if you want to use your newly revamped dispenser for soap or flowers!

Here are the step-by-step instructions in pictures…


And here are a couple more photos of the finished pieces. I love that this doubles as a vase (of course you’d have to make sure there is no soap in it first)…

Which version is your favorite? The vase or the soap dispenser?

Let me know in the comments below.

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This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at a gorgeous chair that I came upon only recently, the Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm.

The swooping lines of the Scimitar Chair were conceived by the team of Jørgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius in 1963. Kastholm, a furniture designer working in Lebanon in the 60s, teamed up with Fabricius, an architect to design this piece that was a difficult piece to fabricate, as the base required the casting of three separate metal pieces that had to then be welded together. It was first shown to the public in an exhibition at the Copenhagen Museum of Industrial Arts. After being out of production since 1984, bo-ex furniture aps has restarted production of this stunning chair. The leather upholstery remains sleek, and the cutout portion of the seat keeps the look light, while the swooping curve of the base is at once slim and sturdy.

Muted fuchsia color, black and white imagery and a strong line was the basis for today’s accessory picks. A leather-framed mirror matches the chair and plays off the roundness of the base. A flounder sculpture is strong, yet steps back in the scene, and a round chalkboard with shelf anchors another wall. Knots and smocking create and intricate texture on a solid color fabric pillow, while feather graphics on a vase are both strong and light.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.