Floating Vases DIY

This project, like so many others, came to me as I aimlessly wandered the aisles of the dollar store. I'm not sure what that says about me, but for now I'll roll with it. I first came across the mason years and immediately snatched them up. Mason jars are great for all kinds of projects, but buying 100+ for my wedding taught me that they can be a pretty pricey. So when I saw the exact same jars for just $1 there was no way I could pass it up. I didn't know exactly what I'd do with them, but then I stumbled across this amazing thing called floral wire. It's heavy duty enough to hold pretty significant weight, but pliable enough to bend with just your hands. It's my new favorite thing. I bought four rolls.

When I discovered the floral wire I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to make something to incorporate my new love of flowers into our living room. The project was really simple, and I cannot stop admiring the finished product. A window that was once just a bland, white rectangle is now a beautiful display of brightly colored flowers. 

My first step was to paint the jars. I had some blue and white acrylic painting sitting around so I decided to go with varying shades of blue. I mixed up two darker hues and three lighter and poured them into the jars. This method is fantastically easy but requires a lot of paint. 

You'll want to have about an inch of paint in the base of your jar to begin with. Then just slowly twist the paint around the bottle until the entire surface is covered, and flip the jar upside down so the excess paint will drain. Make sure to move the jars every few minutes so the paint can escape.

Once the jars are completely dry, measure and cut your floral wire. Wrap one end around the neck of the jar and make a hook with the other. You can stop at this step and hang your vases, or you can wrap some twine around the neck to hide the wire. 

Now comes the really fun part, picking out flowers. I decided on oversized, brightly colored ones that would compliment the colors of the living room but contrast with the blue vases. You'll need to put small cups in the jars to keep the water from ruining your paint.

Now just hook your wire over the curtain rod and you're finished! I decided to vary the lengths of the wires so the line was slightly arched across the window. I love that it adds a little more interest to the arrangement.

This is definitely one of my favorite projects so far, and the best part is that the entire thing took only $20 and one afternoon. It adds so much more life to the living room, and I can't wait to pick out new flowers every couple weeks.

What's your favorite way to incorporate flowers and plants into your house? This spring I just can't get enough of it!