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Transform dollar store glass vases into a designer-style trio of snowy reindeer
Transform some plain glass vases into a trio of snowy reindeer that look more like something from a fancy catalog than DIY from the dollar store. And they've got that special holiday sparkle thanks to the silver gilding on the reindeer & a glittery finish on the snow covered bottom.

Posted by Cheryl@Sew Can Do from Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States • Published See Cheryl@Sew Can Do's 12 projects »
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  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 1
    Step 1

    Critical first step: start by cleaning the surface of the vases with rubbing alcohol & a paper towel. This will remove any residues or oils that will prevent the paint & gilding from adhering. Tape around each vase at the point you want the snowy ground to start.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 2
    Step 2

    I like to work on a piece of waxed paper since it's an easy, disposable work surface. I just put a blob of paint right on it and work from there and then toss it when done. I brushed on a layer of paint in vertical strokes. When it dried I did the next two coats horizontally so the brush strokes wouldn't be as noticeable and there was good coverage.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once all the painting is dry, sothe same layering job with glitter decoupage medium and then peeled off tape.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 4
    Step 4

    Tape on stencils just above snowy ground. Carefully brush on the clear gilding adhesive. A little goes a long way so don't be too generous or it could seep under the edges of your stencil (I learned that the hard way). To make it easier to avoid that around some of the edges, press down the stencil in that area with one hand while dabbing adhesive with the other. Then remove the stencils and allow the adhesive to set for about 20 minutes. It should feel nearly try and a little tacky to the touch when ready.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take a sheet of gilding from the pack, careful to keep the tissue backing paper on, and lay it over adhesive. Cotton gloves help keep gilding from sticking to warm hands, but aren't required.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 6
    Step 6

    Smooth the gilding down with hands and press with a circular motion to make sure it adhers to the adhesive and let it sit for an hour.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove the tissue and carefully brush at the gilding with a fluffy brush. Any bits that weren't glued to the design begin to break and flake off. This is the part where the gloves really come in handy.

  • How to make a vase. Gilded Reindeer Vases - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fill with seasonal greens or candles, group together as a centerpiece or spread out on a mantel. Lots of decorating options!

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