How To Make A Cheerful Spring Floral Vase

It’s taking longer for the sky to turn dark and the chilling bite of icy weather is fading away. Spring is in the air. A great way to welcome the season is to make your delightful home a haven for all things bright and cheery.

The easiest and most affordable way to do that is to add fresh floral arrangements to your tables. But wait, you need something to put those gorgeous flowers in. Who says you have to go out and buy a vase? You can easily make one in the comfort of your cozy abode.

All you need is a little creativity, some free time, and a few supplies. Before you know it, you’ll have a chic vase you can proudly display your flowers in.

There are two styles you’ll see today. One is for a tall floor vase and the other is for a shorter tabletop vase.

Even if you’re new to the whole DIY world, you’ll effortlessly nail this spring floral vase project with this guide.

Spring Floral Vase 101

The great thing about making a spring floral vase is that some of these materials will already be lying around your house. There might be a few that you need to buy from the store or online. But they’re super easy to find and purchase. Here’s what you’ll need to get going.

Materials:

  • Chalk paint

Rust-oleum chalk paint is my go-to brand. It’s an incredible product. For this project, I used linen white. It’s a true white without a trace of yellow – think “Wite-Out” and you’re on the right track. Using chalk paint over regular paint has many advantages.

  • Creme wax

Americana Decor is the brand I prefer. It’s a great choice to use as the final coat to seal the chalk paint.

  • Metallic spray paint

Rust-Oleum makes a subtle gold spray paint that doesn’t look like cheap, brassy gold. It’s a soft gold that wears beautifully on vases, door handles, and desk knobs. It also comes in several other colors if gold isn’t your thing.

  • Comfort grip handle

Rust-Oleum also makes a handle that has a comfort grip. I’ve tried painting without it before and can tell you that it does make a huge difference. With that being said, I do think it’s better for larger projects or anyone with pain in their hands. You probably won’t need it for small projects like this, but it can be handy to have for future DIY projects that take longer to complete.

  • Plastic bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth rag
  • Newspaper/garbage bag
  • Old vase


Here’s what the chalk paint and creme wax look like. I bought these online.

Preparation:

Before you begin any DIY project make sure that you have done the proper prep work. Basically, this means you’ll need to cover two things – yourself and your floors.

Put on old clothes in the event you get any of the paint on your outfit. Also, cover your floors with newspaper or trash bags. It’s much easier to toss stained newspaper articles or trash bags than trying to remove paint stains from your carpet or hardwood floor.

Also, a big key to pulling off this look is to buy fresh flowers. Faux flowers don’t exactly help you capture the spirit of spring which is all about freshness and the start of new life.

Of course, you can pick any kind of flowers you wish. But, it never hurts to try something new. If you’re game, here are some of the most popular spring flowers to add to your home.

  • Daisies
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Hydrangeas
  • Lilacs
  • Freesias
  • Roses
  • Tulips

Tips for Arranging Your Spring Floral Vase

Whether you opt for hydrangeas as big as a cantaloupe or a delicate bouquet of daisies, make sure to treat them like your pets. Keep them alive as long as possible with a few tricks.

First, pick some sturdy branches or greenery from your yard to provide the perfect base for your bouquet. It’ll help create a lovely, earthy vibe to your arrangement. Evenly space the greenery or branches.

Fill the vase with cool water. Add the food for the flowers that come with your bouquet. The white powder food is placed in a square packet and is usually sold with the flowers. Cut the stems diagonally.

Wash them before putting them in the water. Pluck some of the leaves to make for a neater appearance. Remove any leaves below the waterline.

If you buy tulips, help them perk up by dropping a penny in the water. Every three or four days, change the water. If you bought multiple bouquets, add one more packet of flower food to the clean water.

It will help your floral arrangement last much longer. However, if you buy hydrangeas, change the water every couple of days. Snip roughly a half-inch from the stem.

Dip it in alum (a spice/herb). This little trick will keep your hydrangeas looking heavenly for weeks. Feel free to add flowers from your own garden.

Daisies and daffodils are great spring flowers that can be fun to grow and care for. Before selecting your flowers, take into consideration the style of decor in your home.

If you’re a classic girl with an eye for elegance, a neutral bouquet will look fabulous in any room. If your decor is on the bolder side of the spectrum, continue to go with that vibe by adding different types of flowers in bold hues to your vase.

Another thing to take into consideration is the style of the vase. If you love the idea of a voluminous set of blooming flowers overflowing everywhere, opt for a vase with a wide opening.

On the other hand, if you only want a few delicate flowers in your arrangement, choose a vase with a narrow opening that will allow your flowers to stand upright. Keep in mind too that you can always divide your bouquet into separate arrangements.

Instead of having one big set of flowers on your table, place a few flowers in small vases and put them in different parts of your home. It will make for a rather lovely addition to your rooms.

Spring Floral Vase – Shorter Version


This old vase is all set for a bright spring-ready revamp.

My black and tan vase has been sitting around for years. You know how it is when you buy something, outgrow it, but can’t seem to part with it? Well, this beauty falls into that category.

Instead of ditching it in the dumpster or hauling it over to Good Will, I decided to update it. It was time to say goodbye to the old vase and hello to a delightful, new spring floral vase. Here’s how I did it.

Instructions:

  1. Lay down the newspaper or trash bag.
  2. Place the vase on top of your floor covering of choice.
  3. Wipe it down with a wet rag to remove any dirt or dust.
  4. Wipe it dry to remove the wetness.
  5. Pour some chalk paint into the plastic bowl.
  6. Stir the paint.
  7. Spray a little water into the paint to thin it a bit.
  8. Grab the paintbrush and dip it into the bowl.
  9. Paint the vase using vertical or up and down strokes.


The first coat goes on smoothly but is quite transparent and leaves streaks. This is why a second coat is necessary.

  1. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  2. Apply a second coat.
  3. Again let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Apply a third coat if the old design or pattern is still showing underneath.
  5. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  6. Apply a small amount of creme wax to the vase to seal the paint.
  7. Let it dry.
  8. Now for the fun part. Using the tips listed earlier, add your floral arrangement and place it wherever your heart desires. Watch how a simple bouquet uplifts any space in a second.


After three coats, the result is a bright white spring floral vase. It complements white flowers beautifully.

Spring Floral Vase – Tall Version

My green and metallic silver floor vase has also been with me for a few years now. Relegated to a small spot in an inconspicuous corner, she’s been dying to come out and show off her stuff. Well, today is her lucky day.

She’s getting a new look. Here’s how I did it.


My tall, green, and metallic vase is up next. It’s hard to tell, but she’s giddy with joy.

Instructions:

  1. Lay down the newspaper or trash bag.
  2. Place the vase on top of your floor covering of choice.
  3. Wipe the vase down with a wet rag to remove any dirt or dust.
  4. Wipe it dry to remove the wetness.
  5. Apply the blue painter’s tape around the border to separate the colors.


Since I’m using two different types of paint, I put blue painter’s tape around the vase to mark off where the metallic gold and linen white paint colors will go.

  1. Place a garbage bag behind the vase so it catches the spray paint.
  2. Spray the middle section metallic gold.
  3. Let it dry for thirty minutes.
  4. Open a window for ventilation as the smell is rather strong.


The comfort grip on top of the spray paint makes the job easier.


As you can see, the tone of the gold paint is soft and warm. It doesn’t look cheap or brassy. Spray the paint back and forth. Be careful not to spray heavily in one spot to prevent ugly runs or drips in the paint job.

  1. Pour some chalk paint into the plastic bowl.
  2. Stir the paint.
  3. Spray a little water into the paint to thin it a bit.
  4. Grab the paintbrush and dip it into the bowl.
  5. Paint the vase using vertical or up and down strokes.


Now take that paintbrush and dip it in the chalk paint. Make up and down strokes to cover the remainder of the vase. 

  1. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  2. Apply a second coat.
  3. Again let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Apply a third coat if the old design or pattern is still showing underneath.
  5. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
  6. Apply a small amount of creme wax to the vase to seal the paint.
  7. Let it dry.
  8. Now you get to have fun again. Add your floral arrangement keeping the arrangement tips in mind that were detailed earlier. Place your stunning new floral arrangement wherever you see fit.


The paint is all dry and the flowers add just the right touch. 

You now know how to make a cheerful spring floral vase. This project is so easy that your little ones could help too. After all, the more the merrier.

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