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DIY Ring Bowl made with vintage pearls

One of my favorite bloggers, Heather Bullard, created this marvelous DIY project that could be easily turned into a DIY vintage ring bowl. This project will require many strands of old faux pearl necklaces, but you can find them at thrift shops or flea markets for a few bucks. I added instructions on how to adapt this project to make a ring bowl as well so I don’t leave you in the dark wondering how to!

DIY Ring Bowl made with vintage pearls

What you’ll need:

  • 3 wooden hearts (can be found at Michaels or Joann’s)
  • craft paint (mod podge may work as well)
  • strands of old faux pearl necklaces
  • Martha’s Glitter Glue
  • a drill or small nails and a hammer (to poke a hole to turn into a ring bowl)
  • Antiquing Glaze (to give the wooden hearts an aged look)
  • Step 1: To make a ring bowl from this project, I would first drill (or hammer) to small holes at the top of the heart. That way you can thread a ribbon or yarn to tie the rings later.

    Step 2: paint the back of the wooden heart.

    Step 3: once the back of the wooden heart is dry, apply a think coat of glue on the main part of the wooden heart. Remember the holes I asked you make? Cover them with toothpicks for now. Using several different strands creates great texture and depth of color.

    Step 4: While the glue was still damp I filled the inside with enough pearls to cover completely and gently pressed down on them to set them. You may have to go back and fill in a couple loose ones later.

    Step 5: Brush antiquing glaze to age them a bit. Once they’re dry, remove the toothpicks and thread a think ribbon or yarn. Tie the rings et voila!

    DIY Ring Bowl made with vintage pearls

    DIY Ring Bowl made with vintage pearls

    DIY Ring Bowl made with vintage pearls

    *all images by Heather Bullard

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    10 Vintage inspired wedding dresses for under $500

    They do exist! Even better, one could never guess these dresses can cost less than wedding invitations for most brides.

    Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses


    First up is my favorite find. I love of this gown. The slim silhouette, the color and the fabric are very 1930s. The one shown above is gold, but it also comes in white or ivory. Joli Satin Gown, $490

    Rose and baby blue were popular wedding gown colors during the 1800s and it was common until the 1900s with the arrival of Department Stores in the Unite States. Only a few could afford a white wedding gown that they could never wear it again. ABS Dusty Rose Satin gown, $255

    Short wedding dresses became popular when Coco Chanel introduced this new style in the 1920s. It was quickly embraced by brides at the time, but lost its popularity when the Great Depression began in the 30′s. This 1950′s version is stunning. I love, love the bodice on this dress! Milan Dolly Couture Dress, $495

    Eyelet dress a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The little bow in the back is so cute. The price tag is unbelievable. Isaac Mizrahi boatneck lace gown, $64.99. I’d shorten it after the wedding to wear as a summer dress!

    More lovelies. Empire waist gowns were popular during the 40′s and 50′s. The third dress on first row is a mermaid silhouette with a boatneck neckline, again very Audrey Hepburn. The second dress on first row is another personal favorite. Love the sleeves, but you can also wear it in different ways (see link).


    Betsy & Adam pleated gown, $160

    Butter by Nadia Satin Ball Gown, $349

    Boatneck Audrey gown, $315

    ABS by Allen Schwartz halter satin gown, $297

    BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Cross Front Evening Gown with Beaded Straps, $438

    Intrigue by Forever Yours gown, $478

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