28 DIY Vases Sprouting Up as Our Faves
With spring in sight (we swear it’s coming!), it’s time to start thinking about flowers and how you are going to display those fragrant beauties once they start blooming. Get ready to daydream about warm weather: We’ve got 28 gorgeous DIY vases to display some blooms.
1. Frosted Vase: Oh la la, do we ever love this frosted glass DIY vase. It’s oh so chic. (via A Beautiful Mess)
2. Glitter Mason Jars: Glitter gets us every time. These sparkly mason jars are the perfect thing to set the celebratory mood at your next party. (via Kristi Murphy)
4. Triangle Flower Bags: Simplicity is an art. These geometric flower bags are art at its finest. (via A Bubbly Life)
5. Ombre Painted Floral Bottles: Think pink. Ombre painted bottles will be gorgeous at your wedding or next party. (via Kate’s Creative Space)
6. Faceted Flower Vessel: This faceted vase makes a statement with its sharp corners. White painted branches complete the look. (via Oh Happy Day)
7. Gold + White Striped Cans: Instead of throwing away those old cans, here is something you can do with them. Can we get a hooray for repurposing? (via Two Delighted)
8. Hanging Bud Vases: These colors are magical, and anything this vivid is fabulous in our book. (via Peaches + Keen)
9. Cement Flower Holders: These cement numbers take our collective breath away here at Brit + Co. (via HomeMade Modern)
10. Gold-Dipped Ceramic Planters: Here we go with the gold again — we can’t get enough. These are too fab to pass up. (via Brit + Co.)
11. Rope Bloom Bowls: This rope flower bowl is stunning any way you look at it. We’re totally on board with its nautical vibe. (via Style Me Pretty)
13. Painted Flower Bottles: Upcycle alert. Just gather up the remnants of your next party, buy some paint, and you’ve got yourself a new set of vases. (via Brit + Co.)
14. Mini Magnets: Have we mentioned our obsession with all things mini? These teeny-tiny vase magnets are sitting pretty at the top of our list. (via Oh So Pretty)
15. Gold Embellished Planters: We pretty much heart these planters. We think you might too. (via Brit + Co.)
16. White Root Beer Bottles: When in doubt, go white. It makes everything delightful and serene, including root beer bottles. (via Aura Joon)
17. Chalkboard Vase: This is definitely our favorite creation out of our recent “10 Ways to Create a Bud Vase” post. Label it however you like! (via Brit + Co.)
18. DIY Pyramid Stud Vase: You’ll never look at the hardware store’s decking aisle the same way again. Add a little spray paint and some plexiglass and you can DIY the coolest vase you won’t find in stores. (via A Beautiful Mess)
19. DIY Aluminum Can Vase: You probably don’t look to the cans in your recycling bin when you’re looking for craft supplies, but you probably should. With this technique you could easily make a collection to suit your palette. (via Journey Into Creativity)
20.DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Vase: Sometimes simple projects are the best projects. The gold finish is classic, and being it’s affordable enough to make a few in varying sizes. (via DIY Decorator)
21. DIY Brass Bud Vase: This vase looks like a work of art even when it’s not being used. All that’s left is to find blooms unique enough for the vase. (via The Merry Thought)
22. DIY Patterned Box Vase: Wood isn’t the obvious choice for something that needs to hold water, but when you see this smart fix you’ll be looking for the your closest mason jar. (via Make + Tell)
23. DIY Patterned Vase: Gold foil is a crafter’s secret weapon. Learn how to wield it like master with this super easy project. (via Sugar & Cloth)
24. DIY Geometric Metallic Vase: Get the look of high-end pottery without the price tag using metallic tape and a simple jar. You’ll be gifting them to friends and family all season long. (via Enthralling Gumption)
25. DIY Striped Vase: A black-and-white stripe is never out of style and it works perfectly with every single type of flower. Big pillowy petals? Sure. Billy Buttons? Heck ya. Roses? Never better. This does it all. (via At Home In Love)
26. DIY Paint Dipped Vase: Take paint pouring to a new level with this fun DIY. (via Lovely Indeed)
27. DIY Gradient Flower Vases: Ombre is so much more interesting when it fades into another color. Catch the tutorial for this technique, and make a set of your own for your next event. (via A Kailo Chic Life)
28. DIY Color Blocked Wood Vase: Wanna know a secret? Getting the wood grain look is easier than you think. Check out this DIY for tips. (via Sarah Hearts)
Do you have any other ways to DIY vases? Let us know in the comments.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com