I've had this sort of awful wooden vase-thing for years. At one point it occupied a place among other botanical items and blended in pretty well. Three houses later, it doesn't really "go" with anything in the living room (or any other rooms for that matter). It is sturdy and was only three bucks on clearance at Marshall's and what's more I've moved it three times in as many years. I'm not getting rid of it. Therefore it must be decoupaged.
I found some handmade paper at Cost Plus that very closely matches the new scheme in my living room (namely, using color instead of black, tan, and white). Picked up a jar of Mod Podge and...
Magical, isn't it? I had to trace each side of the vase separately as they don't really square up and there was a good bit of smoothing with a credit card but I'm happy with the result.
The only problem is that decoupage is so very easy and cheap. I now see any blank surface as deficient in some way. That lamp! Wouldn't it be so much more adorable with a paisley base? That dresser! I'm thinking polka-dots. That picture frame! Super Q's forearm! The dashboard of the car! Most of Nebraska! The possibilities are endless.