Accessorizing… the cheap way!

I went to my closets thrift store looking for some accessories to dress up the newly built floating shelf and, bookcases in my family room but, no treasures were found.
The only thing I picked from in-between many glass containers, were these trio:
Not bad! with 50% off green tags, total: under $3

I heard that painting the inside of glass was easy; just spray paint and done.
So, here is how it went:
I washed the vases very well before painting.
Put tape at the top to prevent painting the exterior of the vase.

Each vase went into a plastic bag (for the same purpose), closing up with tape again.

I just had to spray paint and, LISTO!

The weather was so beautiful! I could paint them ouside!

Well, not so fast. 

Oh oh, nope!
They were all splattered!
And the paint had run! :/
What to do?
Well, more paint!
I couldn’t reach certain spots so I over sprayed the inside to make the now running paint go all around while I turned the vase in all different directions to cover those spots!!
I didn’t want to paint the outside, it wouldn’t be that shiny! This is how this turned out:

Certainly, not the best! But they will work up there on the floating shelf.
Have you done something like this? Must be an easier way for painting inside there  for sure. 

Guess it’s better, at least for me, to stick to wooden projects.
You saw it at the top. This is my other accessory:

My Ferris Wheel
It was created long time ago. It was one of my daughter’s school projects.
At the time, it looked like this:

It was the Blue Sky Ferris Wheel!

I loved it so much, that I just changed the color to make it work with my decor.
This is how it was built:
You’ll need:

  • 2 - 12” wooden embroidery hoops
  • 1 - small plastic spool

  • 1 - 4” screw with its bolt (that fits inside the spool, so  the wheel can turn around nicely)

  • 4 - 1¼” diameter Washers
  • 4 - 10” pieces of Outside Drywall Corner Bead

       Bamboo skewers sticks cut like this:
  • 1½”    - 12 Pieces 
  • 5½”    - 16 Pieces (8 pieces per wheel)
  • 2”       - 16 Pieces (8 Pieces per wheel)
  • Chopsticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape
1.       This particular spools (cream color in the picture), have 8 little holes at one of the ends.  At the other end you have to open the same holes, keeping them aligned.  I just used a hot thick wire to open the holes. It doesn’t have to be that perfect.

2.       At each of this little holes hot glue one of the 5½” Bamboo sticks.

Each end of the spool is going to look like this

3.       Make marks every 4½” on the inside of each hoop.  That’s the place where the other end of the bamboo stick is going to be attached.
4.       Now you can attached the 2” sticks in between the longer ones as shown: 

5.       It’s time now to attach the legs (corner bead). I first covered the edges (they are a bit sharp) of the bead with tape.  Then, open a hole at one end of each corner bead for the screw to go through. 

6.       Put a washer in the screw before passing it through the first two pieces of corner bead.

7.       Another washer before going through the spool.  Repeating the same steps on the other side (washer, two corner bead legs, and washer).

8.       Close up with the bolt.

9.       Adjust the legs and, cut the chopsticks at the button (at your convenience), to keep the legs in place.

10.   Last, glue the 1½” bamboo skewers to the edge and, in between the two hoops.

Decorate it as you wish and you're done! If you make it, let me see it. I love them all!


  1. Wow! I'm impressed! I can't believe you made that! It looks like something iron that you bought at a store! Great work.
    --love the blue vases too!
    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


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