I found these super-inexpensive glass vases in the floral department at Target over the weekend.
They are about seven inches tall, a nice cylindrical shape, and quite a bargain at only 99 cents each! I thought they would make excellent budget-conscience centerpieces for a wedding or festive party. I, of course, decided to dress them up a a bit. I was thinking of something "preppy-chic" and colorful for Spring, so I chose these pretty striped grosgrain ribbons...
To decorate the vases, I started by measuring the circumference of the vases and added about an inch. Then, I just cut a bunch of ribbon strips to that size, being careful to cut the ends very neat and straight. Next, I just began wrapping the lengths of ribbon around the vase in a pleasing pattern, layering and overlapping them as I went. I used the stripes in the ribbon to help me keep everything straight.
To affix the ribbon strips, I used my glue gun - making sure to just apply a thin layer of the glue. I took special care to try to match up my seams. When I was satisfied with my design, I carefully added water and a few Tulips to the vases. I love Tulips, but I really think Gerber Daisies would have been even better (had I been able to find them!).
Now, since they are adorned with fabric ribbons, these vases will obviously not be washable, but they are so inexpensive to make, you won't be devastated if you can't use them again. Just recycle them or give them away to your guests to take home.
And the really cool thing about this project is that is is totally customizable to your party's color and theme. I chose to use bright preppy colors, but this technique would work equally as well with a pale, romantic palette. Next time, I would love to try this with layers of yummy lace and satin.