Room & Board ‘Little Shirley’ Inspired Vases

Posted by on March 24, 2014 in DIY and Crafts | 54 comments

Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed some Spring weather for the first official weekend of Spring.   Our weather … not so Spring-ish, however some new vases and beautiful flowers have me holding out hope that it will arrive soon!

Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge

I don’t know about you, but I kind of want my entire house to be furnished by Room and Board.  Well … actually more like a good mix of Anthropologie and Room and Board, but either way … I. LOVE.  ROOM & BOARD.  It’s a bit spendy, however … even at the outlet store near us.  When I was browsing through their catalog the other day, these ‘Little Shirley’ vases caught my eye:


Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge



I love the fun colors.  I love the shape (you don’t need many flowers to fill them out).  I don’t, however, love that they cost $160 for the 8 piece set!!  And they’re tiny … 3″ round, 4″ tall.

I decided to make my own similar vases.  The R&B vases are made of clay, and I’m no potter.  My solution?  Think 8th grade Science class … Erlenmeyer Flasks!


Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge



Yes, they’re not the exact same size, and yes, they’re glass not clay, but at $6.99 for the set of three and free 2-day shipping (wer’re Prime members) … they’re much more budget friendly!

I ordered two sets of that ‘variety pack’ above from Amazon ranging in size from 50mL to 250mL.  Six vases (most of which are larger than the R&B vases) for $13.98 vs. eight for $160 at R&B.  Not so bad, ey?

I wasn’t really going for the Science class look, though, so spray paint was in order once these flasks arrived.  I happen to have a large stash of spray paint, so I didn’t have to buy any for this project … fabulous!  I picked out 5 colors, and started painting.  And when I say ‘I’ started painting … I really mean I bribed Matt to paint each of these for me (growing babies and spray painting don’t mix well).

**tip for painting glass … use a very light coat (to prevent drips) and hold paint can slightly above vase … spraying at a downward angle towards the vase.

Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases  |  View From The Fridge

Add some fresh flowers …

Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases  |  View From The Fridge


Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge

Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases  |  View From The Fridge


And again … the $160 Room and Board vases:


Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge



And my $14 version:
Room and Board 'Little Shirley' Inspired Vases | View From The Fridge


Not quite the same, but for a fraction of the price … I’m just as happy with my thrifty version!

I hope this post brings some Spring cheer to your Monday!

Note:  The Room & Board Little Shirley vases are handspun, handglazed, and artist designed.  Room & Board donates 10% of the profits of these handmade Little Shirley vases to Seattle Area Charities.  That helps rationalize the price just a bit, and if you can afford the R&B version, I’m sure you can feel good about that!







  1. Those are so cute! I think they would make a really great house warming present too.
    Diana @ Cookie Crumbles recently posted…Currently Vol. 7My Profile

    • HI Diana! They totally would make a great house warming gift … great idea! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a note! Have a great week!

  2. I love how they scream “SPRING”! great colours!
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  3. Adorable! I LOVE these! I want a whole bunch of them :)
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    • Thanks, Angela!! Super easy (especially when Matt did all the painting!!)

  4. You are a genius! Great idea using the chemistry set, these turned out fabulous
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  5. i think yours are cuter! I like your colors and mate paint and i also prefer the different sizes if you were going to display them together. i think they would be cute left plain to!

  6. These are adorable!!
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  7. how super cute love the colors and perfect size as well
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  8. Katie,
    These beaker vases are darling. Thanks for putting in the source too. That way I can order a few for my Easter .Table.
    Great job,
    Karen Marie, Kedzuch
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    • Thanks, Karen! I’m planning on using them on our Easter table, too! And … I love Amazon prime! So inexpensive and they arrive in 2 days!
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  9. How clever are you coming up with this option for the vases, I ever would have thought of it. I really like how they turned out, they look beautiful!
    Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney recently posted…Plastic Easter Egg Chicks in a Shredded Paper Nest Craft for KidsMy Profile

  10. Love these Katie! I tried to pick a favorite, but I love them all!
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  11. These are so beautiful! You have just inspired me. This is just what I need to do to brighten up our home. I will also be taking on this project through thriftiness which I enjoy doing anyway.
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  12. Your vases turned out lovely. It’s so nice to be able to get the same look without spending a fortune.
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  13. These are darn cute♥!Pinning!
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  14. These are so cute! Love them!

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  15. So adorable, Katie! And so spring-y! :)
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  16. These are so cute, Katie! And so spring-y! :)
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  17. Katie, I LOVE these vases!! I would like to feature this post in my spring round up on Monday. If you don’t want to be included, just let me know:)

    Katie Drane recently posted…Easter Bunny Fluff (Cherry Cool Whip Salad)My Profile

    • Hi Katie! Thanks so much! I would be honored to be included in your roundup! I’ll be sure to check it out!! Have a great weekend!

  18. Love the vases! Room and Board is a definite favorite of mine as well, and you found such a great option to capture that style at a fraction of the cost! Thanks for sharing this project!
    Abi recently posted…DIY Orchid Burlap WreathMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Abi! Now … If I could just figure out how to make their furniture at a fraction of the cost :). Might be a little outta my league, though! Have a great weekend!

  19. Oooh, I love these! I like all the different colors, so pretty! I would love to make some of these for my house.
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  20. I love these! What a fun and easy project:)
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    • Hi Ginnie! Super easy, and I love the result. Thanks for stopping by!

  21. This is another great DIY, thanks for sharing it and linking up once again with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week ahead.
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    • Thanks,Antionette, and thanks for a great party! Have a wonderful week!

  22. LOVE! We’re prime members too so these might be going in my cart!!
    Kelsey recently posted…Paper Easter Egg BannerMy Profile

    • Hi Kelsey,
      LOVE prime (too much). It’s just so easy to ‘add to cart’ and ‘checkout’. I won’t be surprised if my husband bans me soon … :) (joking … sort of). Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Stopping by from the link up. I just love how your vases turned out. The pale blue is my favorite.

  24. These are so awesome, Katie! I love your sense of style and thriftiness!

  25. Love these! So fun and I love the colors! You are my pick for feature this week at The Wednesday Roundup! Thanks again and I can’t wait to see what you’ll link up this week!
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    • Awesome, Britney!! How exciting! Thanks you for the feature. I’ll be back to check it out and link up!! Have a great week!

  26. I love their shinny sheen, and beautiful colors! Pinning to the Monday Funday pin board. Thanks for linking!

  27. These came out beautiful! They would make a great Mother’s Day gift. I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post on 4/3 on Simply Creative Living if you don’t mind.

    • Hi Alyssa,
      Thanks so much! Nope … I don’t mind at all, I’m honored! Thanks for stopping by!

  28. These are just beautiful… and the pictures are lovely!
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  29. I love these! In fact, I like the shape of the flask vases better than the originals! What a fun project for some bright pops of spring color!
    Angela, blue i style recently posted…{decorating with style} The One Room Challenge – I’m Giving Myself a Deadline!My Profile

  30. Hi Katie, I love your pretty flask vases – the colors just pop and look so gorgeous together. Funny I found them over at the Get Your DIY On Party rather than our own. LOL Have a great week and we’ll see you at the party on Saturday :)

    • Thanks so much, Marie! Funny that you saw them at Get Your DIY On! I think I linked them to our party a week or two ago, but I might have forgot. Thanks for stopping over and for the comment! Hope your week is going well!!

  31. This is amazing! You should stop by our PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever Link party & post this!!

  32. Hi Katie–these are super cute! Love how you were able to make them for only $14 vs $160! They’re perfect for spring time :)
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  33. How creative, I love your vases and at a fraction of the cost. The colors are warm and the size perfect for summer flowers. Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday.
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  34. Have always been afraid to paint glass but lately I have ventured out and love it. Nice job and I love the colors.
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