I, like many 20-30 year old women in the US, am a little bit obsessed with Target and all the fun, colorful, home decor pieces they always seem to be churning out. It's even my dream to one day design my own collection for Target. Kailo Chic for Target has a nice ring to it, don't you think? (In case anyone from Target ever reads this, go ahead and give me a call! Hint, hint.)
Among my favorite things Target has created recently is the entire Oh Joy! for Target line. I love that Joy Cho isn't afraid of color and pattern and she is definitely a women after my own colorful, gold loving, graphic designing heart. And her OK vase is just so cute and gold and I love it. But how much fun would it be to customize the vase with any word or phrase you want? That was the inspiration behind today's DIY. This typography vase can be easily customized to spell out any word (MOM, Love, Party, etc...) and it can be made the colors that fit your theme. How awesome is that?!
By using craft store cardboard letters I was able to spell out any word I wanted to make my own colorful typography vase (I went with YAY because it's a palindrome and can be put in the middle of a table and viewed from all sides). But since the letters are made with cardboard, this vase can only be used with faux flowers and plants. Not to worry though, because as you can see, there are so many realistic looking faux flowers out there that you won't really miss the real thing.
Follow along for the full tutorial for making your own typography vase.
- Paper Mache Letters to spell out your word of choice
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive
- X-acto knife
- Paint brushes
You will begin by using the X-acto knife to cut the tops of the letters out to give your vase and opening for flowers.
Once you have the tops of every letter cut out and the internal pieces of cardboard removed, it's time to paint your letters. I like the Americana by Decoart acrylic craft paint because it has great coverage and dries to a nice smooth matte finish. For my "YAY" vase I used orange, coral, and pink for the front and back of the letters and metallic gold for the sides.