One of the easiest ways to decorate on a budget and turn trash into treasure is by decoupaging. Vases in particular are a great thing to make because they look great and they're functional. In this DIY, I take a used glass bottle, and turn it into a charming bud vase that matches my home decor.
glass or plastic container
paint brush or sponge
colored or patterned paper
Wash and dry the container you will be repurposing. Take your favorite paper (the thinner, the better), and cut it into 1/2 inch to one inch strips or squares.
Place the paper face down on a place mat or other surface that you don't mind getting glue on. Use your paint brush or sponge to cover the back of the paper with Mod Podge.
Apply each strip, one-by-one, to the container. It helps to start at the bottom and work your way up, and smooth out creases and bubbles as you go.
After the entire container is covered with paper, you may choose to do another layer, or if it is opaque enough, begin the outer coating process. With your paint brush, apply a top coat of Mod Podge to seal and protect the paper. Let dry.
And that is it! If you want to get really creative, You could also: tie off the finished vase with a ribbon; apply another color of paper to add trim; cut out letters to create a monogram silhouette; or, use acrylic paint to add additional details.
Have you ever decoupaged before? What interesting objects have you created?