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★ DIY Vases | Craft Tutorials For Making Your Own Vase ★

Updated on January 20, 2015

Create Flower Displays For Your Home

Vases exist in nearly every home and are a fantastic and easy way to add life and personality to your space.

On this page you will find the best tutorials on the web for making your own vases, often from household objects such as bottles and jars, and there are plenty of how-tos for simply decorating containers too. Most of the vases are completely different to what can be shop-bought, so you can own something unique as well as something cheaper...yay!

I hope you find these ideas inspiring :-)

DIY Jam Jar Vases

Click here to see how these vases were made.

Photo by The Green Gal.

An Introduction

Options For Making Vases

Vases are a decorative item found in almost every home, so why not make your own? - especially because it will save you money and you can match your homemade vases exactly to your color schemes at home, and also make them unique and personal to you. Even if you're not big on crafts or you don't have much spare time, there are so many ideas on this page for quick, easy and creative projects that you're bound to find something you want to try!

There are different ways of making a vase:

- Making it from scratch: Although making from scratch is often not practical unless you have access to a welder/ceramics kiln/glass blowing workshop (!), a couple of materials you can use to build vases out of (by molding them yourself) are concrete/cement and resin. You can also use other materials like wood or plaster - however the main requirement of a vase is that it's waterproof so you will have to line any porous material like this so that it holds water.

- Embellishing an existing vase: Painting freehand or with stencils is a popular method, as is changing the color of a clear vase by pouring paint inside and swirling it around to give the inside a coating of paint. Etching is another method where you can add any design you like to a clear glass vase with etching cream, and this will making a permanent 'frosted' image on the glass. You can also glue anything to a vase to change the look of it, including wrapping things around the outside (like fabric, ribbons, yarn, rope, knitting), or attaching artistic mosaic, decoupage or clay embellishments.

- Repurposing: All kinds of items can be recycled into a vase, as long as they are some kind of container and are made from a type of material that can hold water. Common materials to use are glass, plastic, ceramic and stainless steel, and some examples of products you can re-use include:

- Glass Jars: Mason jars and jam jars are a good choice as the basis of a vase.

- Plastic Packaging: Pots and containers

- Metal: Tins

- Bottles: Wine bottles, pop bottles

- Ceramic/Porcelain: Such as teapots and teacups

- More obscure choices like PVC/metal pipes, lightbulbs, glass scientific equipment (beakers and test tubes), gumboots and cocktail shakers.

Have fun!

Pretty Vases To Buy

If you don't have spare time - or the inclination - to make your own, then there are some beautiful vases available like these. Or you could buy a basic plain vase with the intention of embellishing it yourself at home.

Concrete Pots

Click here for instructions on making your own trendy concrete pots.

Photo and planter by Home Beautiful.

Hanging Test Tube Vases


Mosaic Vase

Learn the art of mosaic making and you can make vases as cool as this one!
Learn the art of mosaic making and you can make vases as cool as this one! | Source

Concrete & Lightbulb Vase


Decorating with Masking Tape

Click here for details on decorating bottles and jugs with tape.

Photo by How About Orange.

Etched Bottles

Click here to see how you can etch your own bottles.

Photo by Amanda Siska.

Decoupage Vases

Layers of paper have been decoupaged onto vases, then varnished.
Layers of paper have been decoupaged onto vases, then varnished. | Source

Paper Mache Wall Vases


Wellington Boots


3-Tier Flower Tower

This lovely centrepiece has been made by drilling through 3 teacups and saucers and then stacking them on a metal rod.
This lovely centrepiece has been made by drilling through 3 teacups and saucers and then stacking them on a metal rod. | Source

DIY Vase Videos

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      Leila 5 years ago from Belgium

      These vases look lovely, specially the 3 tier one with roses!

      The one with decoupage is also very pretty :-)

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      MariaB LM 5 years ago

      The vase with the purple flowers on it are beautiful.

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      Wow! Amazing ideas here! I love the light bulb vase. I've never thought about it. Congrats for your lens! Happy Holidays and big success!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Beautiful ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice DIY ideas for home decoration and handmade gifts.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      These are just lovely, really great ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      SquidooRocks55 5 years ago

      Studentz - You've got all this great information! Great lens!

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Love the Wellington boots as flower pot or vase. The light bulb and test tube vases appeal to me also. Thanks for stimulating my creative impulses. Always appreciated.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Oodles of great ideas for DIY vases here! I made one of those small concrete pots for succulents this summer, but hopefully my second attempt will turn out better. ha

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Cute collection of ideas - something I do almost every day with the flowers that grow in my front yard. My favorite vases are unusually shaped bottles.