In May, Aleisha and I designed and set up the decorations for a bohemian themed wedding. It was a lot of fun, but also a whole lot of work! We could barely move by the end of the day, lol. I started prepping a couple of months in advance by hunting down 80 various vases to be used for the centerpieces. I went hunting and several thrift stores so I could get a good variety and specifically for the cut glass (crystal) type. But a huge save was finding many cute vases and bottles at Dollar Tree. I was able to transform all those dollar store vases into Boho Wedding Centerpieces with just a little spray paint and some beautiful flowers, believe it or not.
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Transform Dollar Store Vases into Boho Wedding Centerpieces
- Dollar Store Vases
- Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
- Vinegar and Water in Spray Bottle
- Frosted Glass Spray Paint
- Sea Glass Spray Paint
- 1 Million Assorted Flowers (kidding, but a lot)
Transform Dollar Store Vases into Boho Wedding Centerpieces Guide
I knew I wanted to use a mixture of finishes on the vases, so I researched and tested out some styles and settled on keeping some plain, painting some like frosted glass, some like sea glass, and some like mercury glass. I don’t need to explain how to spray paint something to you, but if you aren’t familiar, I recommend looking on YouTube. That’s where I watched several videos on the mercury glass technique. I’ll explain how I did that one further down.
I found a lot of the cut glass vases I used at thrift stores, but I was having trouble finding at least 10 of them, so I was pleasantly surprised to find several of these cute ones at Dollar Tree. These just needed a good rinse and they were good to go.
For the frosted glass ones, I first used some spray paint I found at Target, ran out and found this Rustoleum type to finish them off. I liked the Target one better, but the other did fine in a pinch. To be honest, though, I really wish I’d bought some of the Krylon type to try since I love their spray paint the most.
I had to order the Rose colored Sea Glass paint from Amazon because no local stores carried it. The color by itself on the clear glass didn’t come out the right shade of pink for what I wanted, but once I sprayed it over some pink vases from Dollar Tree, they were perfect. Again DT came to the rescue because I couldn’t find pink vases anywhere.
My favorite vases to paint by far were the mercury glass ones. The results made me want to mercurize (new word) everything glass in my house, lol. As I mentioned above, I watched probably 8 videos and read several articles talking about how to do this technique. I chose what seemed simplest and to make the most sense.
I mixed 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle (also from Dollar Tree). I sprayed a mist of vinegar water on the upside down vase with one hand and then immediately followed with an even coat of Looking Glass spray paint, just in that one area. Then I immediately dabbed it with a crumpled paper towel. I repeated this process all the way around the vase, flipped it on its bottom and repeated on the top edge. After they were dry, I added a second coat with the same steps.
I also found a bunch of really cool corked bottles at Dollar Tree that I used to hold the table numbers. We filled them with some of those gel beads and water to weigh them down and poked table number pic holder thingies into the corks to attach the table numbers.
Then “all” we had to do was add
millions dozens of flowers and we were set. We used flowers from Dollar Tree, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and used some fresh flowers, too. Can you tell which are which? Aleisha and I joke that we can always spot faux hydrangeas because the fake ones aren’t dying. Am I right? With some of these flowers, it was honestly really hard to tell unless you felt them or got really close.
I think the eclectic mixture of vase styles, shapes, colors, and treatments nailed the look for these Boho Wedding Centerpieces. This year seems to be the year of me painting glass between all of these and the ones I tried a few months ago. I’ve quickly learned that it’s super easy to customize glass vases with just a little paint, though. If I changed anything about these wedding vases, I think I would have skipped either the frosted white or the pink sea glass ones and added more mercury glass ones. What do you think?
If you love bohemian wedding decorations, you’ll love how I transformed a thrift store basket into boho wedding decor! You definitely need to also visit All Free DIY Weddings to see all of the beautiful bohemian ideas and projects they’ve compiled.