I've passed these decorative pieces at the Dollar Tree several times, thought they were nice, but they just didn't seem complete or big enough to do anything with.
After seeing several larger versions at Hobby Lobby recently, I had a light bulb moment when going through the store this past week. I picked up some of these vases with the intentions of attaching them to use as a base.
When I tested that idea, I was still a bit concerned about them being top heavy, so I made a trip to Home Depot and found these wood squares, that are normally used for door trimming.
After a little research in the glue aisle, I decided to use this clear epoxy to attach all 3 pieces. I've decided finding the "right" glue is harder then you think. There are 1001 different kinds of glue at Home Depot.
After gluing all three pieces together, I ended up with these. They look better, but still have a bit of work to go to make them FABULOUS.
I then painted them with primer and my color of choice. Once they were completely dry, I applied a dark metallic glaze and quickly wiped it off, leaving the detailed areas darker. This is what my final project looks like.
I also made this white one, with a gold paint overlay, but to be honest it just wasn't what I wanted. So it's since been repainted a solid white and I plan on working on it again tomorrow. But here it is as it was before I repainted it.
I've got a few other Dollar Tree projects underway, so I'll have some others in the near future.