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8/6/12Guest Post: Happy Mundane’s Jungalicious DIY Centerpiece


Hello! This is Jon, from Happy Mundane I’m so thrilled to be able to hang out in the Jungalow today. Since we’re currently in full-on “summer” mode, I wanted to share a super easy DIY centerpiece idea. You’ll just need some glass vases, a little fluorescent spray paint, tape, and some scratch sheets of paper.

I started by picking up a set of these 3 pack “CYLINDER” vases from IKEA. You could also use whatever collection of glass vases you have on hand (different shaped bottles, old drinking cups, jars, etc…)

Mask off a fairly wide stripe. I designated each vase with a different width, leaving a shorter/wider one for the shallowest vase. I taped the sheets of scrap paper inside and outside to protect the vase from any over spray.

When it comes to spraying, don’t bring the spray can too close. Keep it a good foot or so away. You want the paint to go down in light “mist” coats. I found it worked best to do it in several passes. This
allows you to gradually build the top portion of the stripe to become opaque and achieve an overall soft gradation effect down the stripe.

When it’s all dry, carefully remove the tape. If you’re using glass vases, you can always scrape off any over spray or paint leakage with a blade or use a paint remover.

To finish it off, I got an inexpensive “tropical” bouquet at the grocery store and separated the flowers into the different vases. And that’s it! A little simple and modern tropical flare for your table.

Please stop by Happy Mundane (happymundane.com) for more musings as well as another quick project I did using the left over spray paint from this one!

Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

16 responses to “Guest Post: Happy Mundane’s Jungalicious DIY Centerpiece”

  1. Great job, Jon! Love that this really IS a simple DIY and is super achievable. Thanks for the inspo!

  2. This is great Jon! I love simple projects that even I can do :)

  3. comes up beautifully, love the stems in them too.


  4. jeanne says:

    Oooh, this is another cool neon idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. love these, they look great in person too :)

  6. Al says:

    Love this idea. So simple.

  7. Great DIY! Do you mind if I use the first picture in a blogpost at my blog, and link back to this blog?

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    Thank you so much and I’m looking ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

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