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Patriotic Flower Vases – Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

Last month a group of bloggers joined together for a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Last month I shared how I gave a wooden knitting basket a makeover.  This month I’m sharing Patriotic Flower Vases made with three florist vases.

Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!


Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den      Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars     Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House      Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim       Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Patriotic Flower Vases

Memorial Day is just around the corner with Flag Day and Fourth of July shortly to follow.  I love to decorate with patriotic decor (you can check out all of my patriotic project here) for these holidays and wanted to make something new for a table centerpiece this year.

For this month’s Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge I made red, white, and blue patriotic flower vases with a design

These will soon be on my table filled with fresh flowers instead of faux ones.

Upcycled Patriotic Vases - Make these using crafts from the thrift store, rubber bands, and spray paint. virginiasweetpea.com

This was a quick and easy project that I was able to complete one evening after schoolAll that is needed to complete this project is three flower vases with smooth glass; red, white, and blue spray paint; and rubber bands.

 Upcycled Patriotic Vase Supplies 

Clean the vases thoroughly and then stretch rubber bands around them to form a pattern.  Spray paint each vase, let the paint dry, take off the rubber bands, and you are done! 

Upcycled Patriotic Vases -How To 

Be sure to completely coat each vase with paint.  You can see that I didn’t do a great job with my red vase and I plan to make another to replace it as soon as I pick up a replacement at Goodwill.

DIY Upcycled Patriotic Vases I Get the tutorial for making this easy craft.I virginiasweetpea.com


I really like the pattern that the rubber bands make on the glass.

Learn how to make DIY patriotic vases with thrift store vases, rubber band, and spray paint.

I already had the paint for this project and my mom kindly shopped her basement for the vases and gave them to me.  If I had purchased the supplies to make my DIY Patriotic Vases, my best guess is it is a $15 project.  That’s not bad for decor that can be used from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
I’d love for you to pin this project for others to discover!
DIY Upcycled Patriotic Vases - Get the tutorial to make this easy red, white, and blue craft at virginiasweetpea.com.
If you are a blogger and have patriotic projects to share, be sure to visit tomorrow when I’m helping to host a Yankee Doodle Party where you can share your red, white, and blue crafts, recipes, and ideas through July 4.  Since I enjoy patriotic projects and I’ll be off from school for summer in two weeks, I’m looking forward to getting some new project ideas.
Yankee Doodle Patriotic Party
Now it’s time to see what everyone else is sharing for this month’s challenge.  Click on the links below to visit each project.


  1. They really look store bought, don’t they. Love the smooth finish. I cannot tell there is anything different about the red vase. I love Patriotic decor also! These will be show stoppers on the dining table with live flowers in them.

  2. What an easy way to jazz some plain glass vases. I think I have a few of these in the garage that I would love to try using this paint method. Super fun craft idea.

  3. These are just adorable. They have shine and class! And of course, they are perfect for all of the upcoming holidays. You can also use them as a nautical theme. So many uses. I am hosting a new link party called Sweet Inspiration and would love to have you join us. We run Friday till Tuesday.

  4. Very cute vases! Sorry i didn’t get by until now! They came out great! &Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twiiter! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa! It’s nearing time to start using this set again. I hope you enjoy the set you plan to make.

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