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How to Make Tissue Paper Covered Vases - Easy, fun, and fast!

Updated on February 7, 2016

An easy, fun way to spruce up old vases - and totally kid-friendly!

Things You'll Need

  • A soft paintbrush of any size (medium to medium-large works best for control and speed, but any size will do)
  • A small bowl or container, preferably something disposable like a clean yogurt container, etc.
  • Liquid school glue (Elmer's or Tacky glue have worked best for me)
  • Water
  • Tissue paper of any color(s)
  • Tissue paper flowers with stems long enough for the vase you chose
  • An old vase that has been cleaned (you can also pick these up at any thrift store for around $1)
  • Something to use as a surface protector -- newspaper is great:)

Steps for Creation

  1. Cover a flat surface -- (like a table or part of the floor) with your surface protector (again, newspaper is a no-brainer)
  2. Tear the tissue paper into smaller pieces -- it's up to you to choose colors, and the size. For a neater, cubic appearance, you can cut it into small ~1-2 inch squares. Tearing gives a cool edge effect, and layers nicely. (I generally select different colors depending on who I am planning on giving it to)
  3. What you are aiming for is a thinner glue liquid that is easy to brush on in a thin layer, but not too watery. Depending on your glue's consistency and size of vase, the amount of water and amount of total mix needed will vary
  4. Apply a thin layer of the glue mix to the outside of the vase -- make sure to cover every part (including the bottom), but be careful so you don't have it dripping off everywhere
  5. Stick the pieces of tissue paper in desired design all over the outside -- at first it will appear very transparent, but when they dry they become more opaque. If you're concerned, you can always apply multiple layers
  6. Apply another layer of glue to the entire outside -- cover all of the tissue paper, and even go a little bit inside
  7. Balance upside down to dry -- if you really need it to dry quickly, put it in front of a heating duct/heater. Let stand until it is dry to the touch
  8. Add the tissue paper flowers! -- real flowers work too, but you want to be careful not to get too much water on the outside of the vase, depending on the waterproofness of your glue. If you really want it to be waterproof, use a waterproof glue or other clear gloss finish product, etc.

Optional Ideas!

  • Tie a cute ribbon around the neck of the vase, and tie on your gift tag!
  • Write cute/inspirational sayings, quotes, etc. on the outside with a felt-tip pen!
  • The personalization ideas are endless! If you have a cute idea, add it in the comments!


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    • Momstalk profile image

      Momstalk 6 years ago from Rock springs Wy

      Loved this. Good timing with Christmas break coming up. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I may just have to try this, I have been saving some wafer cans that would be perfect for storing tall skinny things like pencils, etc and I wondered what I could do to cover the ad, so thanks! Welcome!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great hub. Terrific directions. I would have loved to see a picture.