quick idea: disco vase

May 16, 2011  in diy craft projects, flowers, interior styling

glam disco vase

Here is a quick and simple idea to glamourise an ordinary clear glass vase.

My daughter and I had picked some flowers from the garden and I was looking for a vase to display them in. I had this old circular glass vase in the cupboard (I think it’s Ikea) and thought it would be perfect for this idea I had.

I simply tipped a bag of silver plastic sequins into the empty vase using a funnel and then topped the vase up with water. Some sequins floated and some sank and then I just popped in a bright red rose and voila, instant glam! If you want a more delicate look simply choose an appropriate bloom.

delicate disco vase

I was inspired by a couple of vintage mirror balls I bought from a flea market which, when the sun shines in to the room at a certain time of day, reflect little sparkles all around. If you try this idea at home, see if you can position it so that the sunlight can reflect off the sequins for an added sparkly effect.

Once the flower has faded you can use a sieve to catch the sequins when you tip the water away. Give them a rinse and leave to dry and you can use them again.

It’s a very simple idea that has a bit of eye-catching wow factor. So which way would you go – glamorous or delicate?

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  1. colores says:

    Just discovered your beautiful blog via decor8 , It´s terrific! congrats!!!kisses

  2. Carolyn says:

    Brilliant and so simple! Love your new blog!

  3. Rachel says:

    Just discovered you blog via decor8 …love it ….
    and I would have to go delicate

  4. Jessa says:

    I love this! I am so happy that you have a blog now. I’ve had your book The Homemade Home for about a year now, and I refer to it often for inspiration! Thank you!!

  5. hi there….i too am here via decor8…

    my daughter will love you for this idea!

    simple & glamorous!

    welcome to the gorgeous world of blogging!

    i love your book…so happy i can get a daily fix now!

    Melissa 🙂

  6. what a great idea and a really fantastic blog – can’t wait to read more!

  7. Cindy says:

    What a neat idea! I love the photo with some of them at the top of the vase and some at the bottom. Congratulations on your new blog – looking forward to reading more!

  8. Amanda Joy says:

    I am SO excited about finding your new blog, I love it and can hardly wait for future posts! (discovered same as all the above – decor8!)

  9. stacie says:

    What a wonderful, easy idea to instantly change the mood of an area! Thrilled to have found your blog…beautiful photography!

  10. Jillian says:

    Hi Sania, I just popped over from decor8 to say hello and welcome to blogging! This is such a cute little project, and I already have everything on hand for it.

  11. Hannah says:

    Sania, your blog is precious. I’ve followed Holly’s blog for awhile now, and am so glad she linked all of us to yours! You are very talented. Best wishes with the new site. I’ll definitely be visiting here often. ~hannah

  12. belinda says:

    hi sania – welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I mentioned in my review of Holly’s book how some of my favourite images were from your house. And this sequins-in-the-vase was a must-try! So I’m very much looking forward to more of your posts! Bx

  13. jenni says:

    i hopped over from decor 8…and i am glad i did…love this idea…

  14. Delicate!!! … definitely delicate for me : ) GREAT POST! Thanks for sharing it Sania.

  15. leslie says:

    You rock! Watch out blog world!!!
    Looks lovely and I am so happy for you.

  16. decor8 Holly says:

    Sania you are loved!!! Your blog is a big hit today. Welcome to the blogging universe and lots of love to you, Mark and the kids.


  17. Juliette says:

    I’m loving your simple and sophisticated ideas and how you present them! All your lovely ideas on Decor8 were wonderful and if they’re any indication of what’s to come, then we’re in for a treat! Welcome to blogging!

  18. Congrats on the start of your beautiful blog. Love your bits on Decor8 today.


  19. Christine says:

    what a fantastic idea! I love how pretty and romantic the delicate one looks. So easy, but so brilliant!

  20. Ingrid says:

    Welcome to the blogging world!
    xo Ingrid

  21. elisa says:

    sania, i love this idea! especially the delicate flower, exquisite. will be checking in over my morning tea x elisa

  22. Wow – what a fantastic and easy to achieve idea. I am not normally into the glam look but I love this.

  23. GB says:

    I’d go glam (in a heartbeat!) 🙂 Lovely space you have here, Sania!

  24. You have such a unique style! I enjoyed your book…keep it up!

  25. Angela says:

    your blog is beautiful, and so is this idea, thanks!

  26. AidelK says:

    Hi there, I’m clicking through from Decor8. Beautiful blog and cute idea. When you wash out the vase, do you just dump the sequins? Is it hard to get them out?

    • Sania Pell says:

      Hi Aidel, just tip them out into a sieve and most will come out. You can add a bit more water to rinse out any that are left. Then just leave them to dry and you can re-use them. Any that won’t come out will dry in the vase and should drop out.

  27. Rona says:

    A very warm welcome to the blogging world Sania. I’m new too, having only started in December 🙂

    I love this idea (which I think you featured in Holly’s book…we met very briefly at her book launch in London and you very kindly signed my book).

    It’s lovely to know the inside story behind your styling. Would you mind if I used the idea and took some photos of similar vases for my flower blog?


  28. Theresa says:

    Love your blog! Good luck and much success.

  29. Simple yet brilliant idea – hey, I could do that! Wonderful to stumble upon your blog via Holly. You’d never know you just started! Best of luck, XOL

  30. toni says:

    love love this idea ~ {I have always wondered how to sew on all those tiny sequins in a project? not for me} ~ this is a much better/easier idea, I will have to try it!

  31. Sania Pell says:

    All i can say is “wow!” Thank you so much everybody for your lovely comments and making me so welcome to blogging!!! I switched the laptop off earlier to concentrate on making in my loft and spending time with the children and logged back on to see all your lovely comments! I can’t quite believe it all.

    Lots of love

  32. Carole says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging Sania.
    Your site looks absolutely beautiful and I am going to enjoy visiting I can tell. I love the sequin idea and I’m looking forward to the next post.

  33. Becca says:

    What a clever idea! I’m so happy to have stumbled onto your blog (via decor8 of course).

  34. Heather says:

    What a beautiful blog! I’m popping by from decor8 and I’m loving what I find! Keep blogging as you have a beautiful style and new DIY tips to share! 🙂

  35. Kerry says:

    That makes me want to run right out and buy a bucketful of sequins! What a clever and brilliant idea 🙂

  36. Vic Bibby says:

    Welcome Sania to the wonderful world of blogging. I love your styling, so beautiful. This is my kind of floral display – simple, but so effective, my fav is definitely the delicate pink blooms. I was so inspired I featured you in my blog today – – so you should have lots of fellow New Zealanders visiting your blog. xxx

  37. Charlotte says:

    Oh my this is stunning, I esp love the pink blossoms!

    I think if you add a few drops of glycerin to your water it will make the sequins extra floaty, it’s what they put in snow globes to stop the glitter just sinking straight away.

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  38. I came straight from Decor8 and I’m in love with what I see here. You are super creative. I’ll be sure to follow!

    And I’ll be sure to create this amazing vase!!!! LOVE it.

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    LOVED this when I saw it in Holly’s book! I wish you much success in your blogventure! Count me in as a follower. 🙂

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    Your site is so inspiring! You’ve spurned me on to make some pillow cases, I have a pretty floral print – but have you any simple ideas to make them a little bit more special?

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    This is a great idea! I was wondering, what flower is that featured in the Delicate photo? It’s very pretty.

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    Miss you!! Hope you are well…..
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  49. Shannon says:

    I have attempted the sequins in the vase. I can not get it to work. Did you fill the vase completely with sequins? Any tips?

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    Wow! So easy and genius! 🙂

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  53. Rosi says:

    Sania, sou do Brasil e fiquei encantada com o seu blog. Você é maravilhosa. Uma artista sensível e fantástica! Parabéns!!!

  54. I tried this. None of the sequins floated. They all went to the bottom.
    Littler round vase,similar to yours. What happened?

  55. I tried this. Had a small round vase similar to yours. Bought sequins. The sequins just sank to the bottom. None floated.
    Was disappointed cause this was so cute.

  56. Aries Parker says:

    Dont know how I ended up here but very cute! I guess I would add the sequins first then add more to sit on top of the water with no shaking. Reading the other’s comments I can see how the sequins would sink kinda like a crystal globe the glitter and sequins sink.

  57. allison says:

    How do you make the delicate one??

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    Where can I find a vase like this? I can’t find one online anywhere!

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  61. tom says:

    it is great idea ,i want to make it in my room.
    how can do it?

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  63. Brooke says:

    Love the final outcome and how it just requires simple steps to make something ordinary beautiful. I also love that you can reuse the sequins for something else–reusing goes a long way and is so important. Well done!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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