This DIYer Gave a Plain Vase a Functional and Funky New Life for Under $50

published Jun 12, 2021
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Before: Plain white vase on a vanity table
Credit: AT Video

The Small/Cool Experience is a shoppable online home design showcase and social event full of decorating tips and tricks from your favorite designers. Check out the whole virtual experience online and at @apartmenttherapy on Instagram from June 11-13. Thank you to our sponsors BEHR® Paint, Genesis G70, LUMAS, Overstock, Tuft & Needle, Chasing Paper, and Interior Define for making this experience possible.

Good DIYers can see what’s in front of them and envision what it can be instead — and great DIYers can do that on a budget. That’s what inspired Megan’s Mystery Makeover, a DIY challenge that tasks some of our favorite DIYers from around the web with making over something ordinary into something extraordinary using a tight budget and a hefty sprinkle of creativity.

In past seasons, we’ve sent our DIYers a surprise item and even some materials to spur their redo. This time, inspired by the Small/Cool Experience 2021, we asked them to use a Small/Cool trend as inspiration to make over something in their own home using a budget of $50 or less.

First up, DIYer and YouTuber Drew Scott of Lone Fox. Drew isn’t afraid to think outside the box with his DIYs, which have ranged from caned console IKEA hacks to stylish bedroom makeovers. When given his pick of Small/Cool 2021 trends, Drew gravitated toward The New Kitsch — an irreverent style with ’80s vibes and modern styling. He decided to give something in his home some new kitsch style.

Drew reached for a trendy donut-shaped vase he already had at home, and decided to reimagine it as something totally different (and 100 percent functional) using a metal ring, some cardstock, and a light cord. Want to see how he pulled it off? Watch the video below — and tune in tomorrow to see our next DIYer take on their own Small/Cool 2021 trend.