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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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I know you’ve all seen these BORING plain glass vases at thrift stores.  I found this one for .80 at a thrift store near my house…. what a great deal…. right?!  


Well, I decided it needed a little color.  With Spring here I’m feeling like everything in my house is just drab… so I’m working on finding inventive ways to add pops of color.  This way is just sooooooo super easy and ridiculously CHEAP!

So I know you’re wondering what the heck I just poured in that vase?!
Simple, I poured a whole bunch of Modge Podge (or white glue mixed with a little water…. yep- that’s what Modge Podge is made of!) and several drops of food coloring.

WHAT!  Food coloring?  Yep, good old fashioned food coloring!  But, it has to be the liquid food coloring not this new gel stuff.  I chose blue and added about 7-8 drops.  The more drops you add the deeper your color gets.

Then add a couple of droplets of water so you can easily swirl around the mixture and evenly coat the whole vase on the inside.  Just shake shake shake!


Now, let you’re vase dry for several hours.  I revisited it every hour or so and just shaked things up again to keep recoating the inside.  Like the rim of the vase? I just let the mixture run up to the rim but I didn’t worry about making it coat all of the glass which gave it a nice decorative touch.

Then, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some white vinyl and attached it to the outside of the vase.
I decided to do our last name and large initial.  The key to this look is to make the initial 5 times the size of the last name and to use 2 distinctly different fonts.

Yes, you see that correctly- my last name is LLADO.  The double L’s make a J sound in Spanish.

As you can see the paint starts out opaque but then turns transparent once it dries.  So, just add some flowers cut from the garden and….

Update: to keep the paint from fading when you add water just add some polyurethane inside the vase and swirl around- this will seal in the paint.
Ta-Da!

Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
Melissa Llado
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