You can see the “before” on this art project has some good elements (nice glass vase and good stones) but the colors don’t match anything and the candle… well, it needs to be dumped.
Start by taking inventory of what you have. This photo shows what I thought I would use when I started this project, but it ended up changing mid-project. All I bought were 2 items from Ikea (the blue candle and the box of scented seashells). This cost me maybe $8 total?
Since I used some gold elements around my blank canvas of a living room, I thought a great way to pull that color in would be to spray the orange stones into gold. It really added life to these old stones.
Once the stones dried, it was time to play with the elements. Originally I was going to mix the stones and shells in one vase, but then I realized I had the elements to make 2 centerpieces.
I dug out the circular vase from the back of a cabinet and found the white candle in an old lantern. After some more reconfiguring, you can see I have 2 new beautiful pieces and I only spent $8. Plus, I now have some extra cabinet space.
They also smell good too (scented candles). I love it! This first piece adds a pop of color between the blue and the gold. It ties in several design elements, as a good centerpiece should.
To sum it all up, go through your cabinets and pull out your old forgotten-about vases. By spending only a few dollars, you can repurpose something that was forgotten about and it can end up adding a lot to a space.