Paint me HAPPY! || painting a thrift vase

About a month ago I showed you this picture on a post called

Keepin’ Myself Busy.

“This is tin and is actually a decent size, so Iā€™m going to paint it and put some tall sticks and things in it.”

As promised, I painted it and stuck some sticks in it.

Follow the tutorial to create your own cheap-o sticks-in-a-tin-vase accessory.

Start out with the vase above. Tape some masking tape with paper attached to it on the inside of the vase.

(I’m sure this step could probably be omitted if you want the inside of your vase the same color as the outside.)

Just add spray paint!

I used Gloss Sun Yellow. I was hoping for Lime Green, but Home Depot was out both times I went. Sun Yellow it is!

After it’s dry bring it inside and get it ready to stuff with twiggy branch stuff.


This project needs that green foamy floral block stuff. Just use a bread knife to sculpt the size and shape you need.


That outta do it.


Why use floral foam? Well, if you don’t have it your twig stuff falls to the side. The foam helps hold it all in the right place.

Now stuff the green floral foam inside your vase.

Does it matter what kind of floral foam to buy? I guess so. They make some for fake plants and then another kind for plants that need water. I NEVER use real plants because I totally kill them, so I only have ever bought the fake plant foam.

Now for the twiggy branch sturff.

Isn’t this pretty? It was pretty much the cheapest stuff I could find that looked halfway decent. I think I paid about two bucks for all of it.

Now that you’re ready, start stuffing!

See how that foam holds the twig up straight? It keeps it right where I want it.

And here’s what it looks like on the inside (for all your visual people)…


I would suggest doing one twig at a time. It’s more time consuming, but the result is so much nicer. I think it took me about 20 minutes to stuff all the twigs in.

And finished.


Pretty nice, eh?

I’ve got just the place for it…


An inside view of the vase.


Doesn’t it just make you a little happier when you look at it?


I love all the little circles all over the twiggy stuff.



I’m glad I chose yellow.







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  1. Lovethe bright yellow. Facelift there looks great. Be blessed. Cindy

  2. You did it again. Didn’t know how you could make that thing look cute, but you did! šŸ™‚

  3. Love it, I have a container in the basement like that floating around somewhere, must get a cheery color of spray paint.

  4. Its this simple stuff that just reaches out and grabs you! Great work and thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


  5. Ack! I love that yellow! Have to make a mental note of the color name….

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  6. Wonderful makeover! The yellow is perfect. And the circles give it much needed volume.
    Well done

  7. I just love using Rust-oleum to paint things. It is the best in my book! Your vase looks very fab! You did an excellent job on the project!

  8. I just love the yellow, it just makes it bright and happy. Love the twigs with the circle thingy’s. That just adds a cute touch. Very nice.

  9. Love the vibrant yellow

  10. Great color!! I love the “sticks” you added too.

  11. That is so fun! I really like the yellow and the sticks look great!

  12. Thanks for linking up to another great Anything Related Party!

  13. stopping in from kimba’s diy day – this is such a cool project!! first of all, love the yellow. and second, the circles on your twigs are super fun! might have to give this a try….

  14. Very pretty! Those are some nice twigs!

  15. great job! It’s so bright and cheery! I love it!

  16. I, too, cannot resist putting sticks in vases. It’s an obsession. Painting your vase emphasized its “French” feel and the sticks are poifect!

  17. The vase turned out beautiful! I love “twigs” too… I have several around my home.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  18. That looks so pretty. Great idea using the foam, to help with the spacing

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

  19. Yellow is always a fun color! Love the transformation. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  20. I love those twigs! I can’t believe how cheap they were, where did you find them?

    Nice job!! Thanks for joining Flaunt it Friday!

  21. That yellow color is so cheerful!

  22. Love the color! Looks great!!

  23. The yellow looks fabulous! What a great find! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase! Stephanie Lynn

  24. This turned out way cute. Spray paint really does wonders! Thanks for sharing at ‘Look at me, I’m SO Crafty!’ at Fun to Craft.

  25. It is a happy color–I think I am warming up to yellow more and more–had a wall this color about 12 years ago, then I got over it. I think it is going to be a hot color this summer.

  26. Sweet! Yellow is a nice choice.

    Is that banana in a mini shopping cart??? That is totally cool.

  27. Good job, I like your idea of decorate it more… just with simple things you lighten up a corner.. great and thanks for sharing, I have some ideas after it,Thx

  28. muah hhhhh

  29. Thanks so much Allison you have inspired me to be creative. My husband was just telling me the other day that our house has no style it’s bland. But now that you have opened my mind to other great things, I will be turning my house into something beautiful..:-)..So thanks so much for sharing your creative ideas..

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