Walking down the Target aisles I stopped at an all pink end cap display. Actually, I notice most of the women stopped a the all pink display! But with the average price of $20 per product, I passed. That was about my entire Valentine’s centerpiece budget!
I decided I would find a way to make my own, cheaper pink Valentine’s display. I chose dip-dyed dollar store vases and faux tea roses. I had all but two of the vases and some paint. I just needed some flowers.
Did you know that pink wasn’t associated with girls until marketing strategies around 1940, but it turns out females might actually be more hardwired to like pink than males. Something in our biology prefers more reddish colors than men.
I know that’s true for my daughter! A girl has never loved pink more than her and I never pushed it on her.
Enough with the science lesson. My point is I like pink. If you’re looking at this you probably like pink too. Here’s how to get more of it into your house for Valentine’s Day:
- Dollar Tree vases ( I used 8)
- pale pink paint
- faux stems
1. Buy pale pink acrylic paint or mix your own.
I had leftover white house paint in the garage, so I just mixed in some pink acrylic paint.
This worked ok, but if I were to do it over again, I would use only acrylic paint. It dries faster and doesn’t separate from the glass like eggshell paint.
2. Carefully pour a small amount of paint in the vase without touching the sides.
3.Gently roll it around until it reaches a little halfway up the vase.
If you’re using latex paint like I did, it might try to separate like this. Just roll the paint left in the bottom back over it.
4. Wait for the paint to dry.
My latex paint took about three days to dry! But of course I got impatient and put the stems in anyway. Just make sure the sides are dry so they don’t get nicked by the stem.
5. Add faux stems.
I recommend using faux flowers in theses instead of real to preserve the paint. These cost about the same as real flowers, but I can use these again.
These were 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby, a little over $3 a stem.