Upcycling: Rose Gold gilded vase

Upcycling: Rose Gold gilded vase

Whilst I was out 'window shopping' in the Range I saw some rose gold gilding flakes and I was no longer window shopping! I had recently bought a plain oblong vase when I was in hobby craft and thought I would upcycle it with these flakes and some twine to make a stylish modern unique piece. I was in need of a smaller vase, as now and then my other vase is just to big for some flowers to stand in! So I upcycled this plain vase and it is now fit for the job. 

Materials required:

  • Plain white vase - I bought mine from Hobbycraft for £4. 
  • PVA glue
  • Palette knife
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Glding flakes
  • Twine
  • Glue gun
  • Brush to burnish with

Below is the vase before I upcycled it!

Step 1:

Using your pencil and ruler, divide the length of the vase into three sections. I didn't want mine to look to perfect and uniform, so I made the bottom section bigger then the other two. 

Step 2:

Using your palette knife, apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the section where you will apply your gilding flakes. For me this was the middle section. Allow the glue to dry slightly so it is tacky but not wet. When the glue is tacky, cover with gilding flakes.

Step 3:

When all the gilding flakes are applied, use your brush to burnish the flakes and rub off any excess flakes.

If you find you have patches where flakes are missing, apply a little more glue, allow to become tacky and repeat step 2/3. 

Step 4:

Using your heat gun, apply twine to the bottom section. I only applied glue at the corner edges, and only used enough glue to adhere the twine but not too much that it showed through. 

Step 5: 

Finally, tie a bow around the twine section to give added interest. 

I am really pleased with how this turned out; I like the variety in texture from the smooth white vase, to the shiny flakes and rough twine. I hope you this inspires you to take a plain object and add a little twist to it. 

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