Can one have too many vases? They might get overlooked but I feel they are a core element of interior decoration. Those fresh flowers you just brought home are amazing but the vase you choose can either bring them down or elevate them. This is probably why people tend to keep a serious collection of vases! You never know what shape or style you might need. Today I’m sharing an easy DIY ceramic vase to add to your rotation! The rustic faux pottery finish will fit any decoration style – whether you love farmhouse, minimalist or japandi. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to make it yourself!
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For this DIY Ceramic Vase, you’ll need…
- Glass vase or a cheap glass carafe
- Wooden curtain rings
- White paint
- Baking soda, plaster or talcum powder
Step 1: Cut the rings
To start, look at the vase you want to upcycle (mine is actually a water carafe!) and decide how many rings you need to use. I have two handles on each side but a single handle also looks very cool. It all depends on the size of your carafe. Don’t feel pressured to add two handles if your vase is on the small side. It would look a little odd.
To cut the wooden rings, use a little hand saw and slice them in half. It’s very quick! You can get small crafting saws for under $15! They’re very useful if you live in a small space and don’t have power tools. Or you could also use a Dremel-like rotary tool if you have one. I own the Tacklife rotary tool: it’s MUCH cheaper than Dremel, I got a little scared of the investment cost…! It’s a life-saver – because sometimes you just feel like crafting at 9pm and don’t want to get the jigsaw out (and get evicted…)
Step 2: Glue the handles
Next, take a half wooden ring and position it on the vase so you have an idea of where to place it. When you’re confident with your positioning, apply a few drops of hot glue on the end of the half-ring and press it onto the vase. Repeat this step with all the handles you prepared.
Step 3: Paint the vase
To achieve the rustic faux pottery look, you need textured paint. It’s quite easy to change the texture of paint and you don’t have to feel locked in a particular add-on ingredients. A variety of powders can work!
I have tried baking soda, bicarbonate of soda (not the same thing as baking soda! It’s much grainier), powdered clay, and talcum powder. They all work in their own way. Baking soda makes your paint bubble up for a lovely messy, rustic finish. Bicarbonate of soda (or salt for that matter) gives the paint a grainy texture. And talcum powder or powdered clay provide more body.
For this DIY project, I added 1/3 cup of paint, half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, and 1 teaspoon of clay. Feel free to mess around with non-food powders you can find in your home, it’s fun playing little alchemist! You can adjust the dosage until you get a finish you love, just start painting and adjust as you go!
Don’t forget to paint inside the vase, at least a couple of inches down the rim, for a clean finish.
And voila! A faux pottery vase for under $10. These types of cool rustic vases go for hundreds of dollars at high-end stores!!! You can save yourself a pretty penny AND have a beautiful new vase – that sounds like a good day to me 😁