- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
Alright so if you’ve read the previous posts I left off that I found the 9″ flared rim glass vases that I will be using from The Dollar Store.
Now I priced filler for the vases. And boy are there a lot of different options out there. I could do marbles, or rocks, or glass, or sand, or ANYTHING. In a perfect, money free world, I would do sea glass. I’m originally from Hawaii and grew up appreciating the beauty of sea glass and would love to use the almost ethereal look. The Dollar Store had 12 oz. of multi-colored sea glass available for filler, as well as oblong marbles, and 32 oz. bags of small and large river stones (all for $1). But at best a 32 oz. bag would fill up ONLY half of the vases. This is a good starting point, and thriftiness got the better of me, so I went to my local Home Depot and started looking through the landscaping department.
I found 50lb bags of Red Lava rock, chunked white marble, All-purpose white stone, river rock, and pea pebbles (smaller river rocks). And the price ranged from $2.50 – $3.58.
So assuming that I will need roughly 4 lbs of rock (approximately 64 oz.) I could spend $4 per vase at The Dollar Store on filler or $4 at Home Depot on roughly 12 vases worth of filler. Hmm.
The biggest downside however, is that the rocks from Home Depot were DIRTY, having a pretty good layer of dust and dirt or mud on them. But like any DIY-er I wasn’t to concerned about rolling up a couple of sleeves and bought a bag of the pea pebbles.
So once I got the rocks home, I eyeball poured around 6-7 lbs of rock into a 5 gallon bucket and started to clean them. It took me roughly 10 min from start to finish (cleaning up) and I have beautifully cleaned and acutally wonderfully variated colored river stone. And I could have done an even larger batch in the same time.
I might even grab a $1 bag of sea glass and mix that in with the stone and see how it looks.
And so it goes….