Don’t you just love projects that turn a trash or recycle item into something amazing? This Fresh Flowers Vase got a Faux Galvanized Finish made from a cracker box and I was able to create a beautiful flower arrangement for spring. I think that spring has come early with it being in the 70s already in Denver, CO.
For this project I will show you how to create the galvanized look with no metal needed and no waiting around for years for the galvanized look to appear naturally. You can get the look NOW!
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SUPPLIES FOR FRESH FLOWERS VASE
- Item to be galvanized – I used a saltines crackers box
- Rust – Oleum Hammered Spray paint in Silver
- Acrylic paint in a rust color – I mixed Folk Art in Coffee Bean with Folk Art Metallic in Inca Gold
- Acrylic paint in a light gray color – I mixed Americana in Grey Storm and Americana Snow White
- Sea sponges
- Stencil made from Silhouette Cameo
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Acrylic paint in Americana Lamp Black
- Pouncer or paint brush
- Flowers – I purchased mine at Michaels.
Step 1) Trim your box to your desired size. My box ended up being 8 inches tall, by the time I was done trimming it. Spray paint the box with gray spray paint (I don’t really think this step is necessary, but because the gray spray paint was in the original picture I thought I would let you know). Once this dried I spray painted a couple coats of Rust – Oleum Hammered Spray paint in Silver. It seemed that the heavier the coat the better the hammered look appeared. Allow the spray paint to dry.
Step 2) Now it is time to give the vase the galvanized finish. I mixed the Folk Art in Coffee Bean with Folk Art Metallic in Inca Gold to achieve a rusty color I was happy with. Then I dipped a sea sponge in the paint, blotted excess paint off and applied it on all the edges and folds in an up and down motion. Then using the mixture of the Americana in Grey Storm and Americana in Snow White I created a very light gray paint. I repeated the same technique as the rust part but this time I applied the light gray randomly allover the flat surfaces over the hammered spray paint. I also used it to blend in the rusty paint edges.
As an after thought (well it was my husbands idea) I repeated this process inside the box as well only in the top section. This further helped it take on the galvanized look.
Step 3) Stencil time. I created a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo, centered it and applied it to the box.
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To prevent any paint from bleeding under the stencil I applied one layer of Mod Podge with a small paint brush and let it dry. I then painted the stencil in Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint using a pouncer with an up and down motion. I found some flowers at Michaels. Once the stencil dried I arranged the flowers.