GUYS, it’s the MOST WONDERFUL TIME of the year! Fall weather is here and Halloween is upon us! I’ve started putting up my decor, planning my costume, and eating all the mini Milkways. Let’s kick off the Halloween DIYs with these lady vase makeovers.
A few years ago a friend of mine gifted me a lady head vase, but as much as I wanted it to fit with my style I honestly didn’t really know what to do with it. I saw my friend’s mom’s collection of lady head vases and was happy to gift it to her knowing she would very much appreciate it. As I was gathering Halloween decor inspiration on Pinterest, I came across a lady head vase on Etsy that was painted like the Bride of Frankenstein and I had a lightning bolt moment. Now this lady head vase was for me!
If you don’t know about lady head vases, they were popularized during the 1950’s and were produced by florist companies to hold the bouquets they sold. They are collectible and can be found on Ebay, Etsy and antique flea markets. The more elaborate ones with the fake lashes will even sell hundreds of dollars. However, you can also find ones on the cheap to makeover!
WHAT YOU NEED:
This is not so much of a DIY with detailed step-by-step instructions i.e. I’m not explaining how to paint evil arched brows on your vase, but I outline the steps I took to complete the makeover.
Most lady head vases are made of ceramic with a glossy finish. The glossy surface prevents acrylic paint from adhering so we need to add a layer of primer. Before adding the primer, wipe down the vase with rubbing alcohol to create a clean surface. I didn’t have primer only spray so I used a black paint & primer spray paint. This worked in my favor because I was able to go ahead and paint the hair the black. I did have to add a few more layers of green to cover the black, but I think it was better overall than using a primer only. Follow the drying time on your paint + primer instructions.
I started with the skin and layered a few coats until I felt it was fully covered. Since this vases are 3D, I’d suggest having a few different types of brushes handy to help with the different features. I wouldn’t stress too much about seeing brush stroke since we add a thick clear coat at the end, but do your best to keep the brush strokes to a minimum.
Once the skin is complete, pull out your inspiration image as you paint the facial features. The best thing to remember when painting is that you can always go in with the surrounding color to cover up any mistakes or correct any spots that didn’t work out just right. I definitely did this quite a bit even covering up a brow completely and repainting it on Bride of Frankenstein vase. Using a pencil to mark where the facial features go can help when trying to match them brows!
When you’re vase is complete, give the vase a good thick layer or two of clear gloss. And I mean thick. Just look at those highlights! Normally with spray paint they say to do a couple thin layers, but I sprayed until there was an obvious glossy layer, just don’t spray too much that the paint starts dripping. I love the Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze for this finishing step.
I love the spooky twist on the classic vlady vase. Using vintage Halloween characters keeps the original vibe too. I already put my ladies on display. Don’t forget you can use them for straws or cocktail stirrers or their original use, flowers!