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Easy and Unique DIY Vases

Everyone loves vases, but it’s difficult to find one that is unique and not the same old run of the mill vase you’ve seen 1000 times before. As the most prominent centerpiece, you always want a vase to be special, just like the rest of your decor. Whether it is empty, holding flower, a candle pebbles or anything else, a vase can be boring or the perfect accent you’ve been looking for. And it’s only better when you can make it yourself flexing your craft skills and saving some money as well.

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This lovely vase is simple and its beauty is its simplicity. All it takes is a cute vase, some sequins and some glue. How you want the sequins displayed in the vase will determine which method you use to put them in there. If you want them on the bottom, just pour them in alone. If you want them all around the glass, you can coat the sequins in a clear adhesive (such as eye glass glue or craft glue) and then put them into vase and roll them around until the walls are covered to your liking. Let the vase sit for 24 hours to completely dry. If you want the sequins displayed as you see in the photo, use a glue that comes with a brush or have a q-tip ready. Use the brush or q-tip to swab the portions of the glass where you would like the sequins to stick. Then, pour in the sequins and roll them around until they’re in place. Dump out the extras and let the vase sit for 24 hours to completely dry.

For this cozy yet stylish vase, pick up some clear craft glue and yearn and collect a few pop bottles, beer or wine bottles. Beginning from the bottom, coat a portion of the bottle lightly in glue and wrap the yarn around the bottle. Continue doing this until you reach the top and the bottle is fully covered. Let the bottle dry overnight before adding flowers and water. If you plan to make more than one vase, mix it up a bit by using different types of bottles for a great collection of various shapes and sizes.

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For some true vintage charm, these are the way to go. They’re as easy as they are customizable and pretty. Pick out your favorite paper pages. They may be pages from your favorite book, an antique map, a classic photo or portrait or just a beautiful design. Glue the pages onto bare, empty jars using mod podge until the jar is fully covered. Once it is, set it aside to dry overnight. Afterwards, you can fill it with flowers or a candle. A candle illuminating the lovely paper is a beautiful sight that you admire for much time to come.

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This is simple, whimsical and somehow elegant. It’s almost too easy to make, too. Cut the bottom of a used light bulb off and empty the bulb of its contents. Rinse it out with water (and maybe some soap) to clean out the metal. Next, fill it with water and then set it on something that will hope it upright, such as a napkin ring. Add your favorite flower to this mini vase for the completed look.  A few of these create a lovely centerpiece especially when they are set at various heights.

For this ornate design, either buy punch paper or create your own with sturdy poster board paper, stock paper, card paper, construction paper or something else you know of. Then, punch the design of your choosing into paper. Your choice just depends upon how crafty you are. Then, lightly adhere some clear glue to the inside of the punched paper and carefully place it onto the jar. Be careful not to smear the glue or let it ooze out. If it does, carefully wipe it away without getting it onto the outside of the punched paper. If you want this look, but don’t want to use a jar, simply make a circle or square out of the punched paper and glue the ends together. Then, place a candle onto a plate or holder of some sort and then place the punched paper vase over it. Either way is very pretty when the light glows through the paper designs.

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For those who want light, but don’t want fire, this is the vase for you. Take a dark wine bottle and drill a small hole into the back of it. It only needs to be big enough to be able to fit a string of lights into it. Then, shove a string of lights through the hole into the wine bottle until it’s full. Obviously, a drawback to this as a centerpiece is that the lights need to be plugged in. This can be fixed though, by buying a battery-powered string of lights. The battery box can always be hidden among flowers and other elements in a centerpiece. Trust me, this cool, incandescent glow is worth the effort.

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If you want an image of your choice on your jar or vase, this is for you. Foremost, you will need paint (a Behr paint tester was recommended), paint brushes, jars and sticker project paper. Firstly, choose the design you want to put on your jars. As you can see, a silhouette is lovely, but it can be anything you want. Transfer the image onto the sticker project paper in one of a few ways. If it’s on the computer, you can print it on the project paper. If it’s a design you already physically have, glue it onto the project paper. If it’s a stencil, you guessed it, stencil it onto the project paper. Or, if you want to be truly original, draw your own design onto the paper. Secondly, cut the design out and then peel the sticker off and place the design cut out or the paper it was just from onto the vase (depending on which design you want). Then paint the bare portions of the jar evenly and thickly. Let the jar dry for around two hours and then decorate it as you wish. Ribbons and lace are very charming touches. Add a candle or flowers once you are done to make it a centerpiece.

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I love this one possibly most of all for it’s chic and vintage beauty. For this look, you will need glitter paint (gold in pictured), spray paint, a few strips of lace and a jar or bottle. On the jar or bottle where you want the lace design to be, paint on the glitter in a random pattern. Then, cover the the glittered areas with the strips of lace. Use a little bit of tape to keep the lace in place and then spray paint the entire jar or bottle. Right when you done spray painting, remove the lace, so that it does not get stuck to the jar/bottle as the paint dries. Allow the jar/bottle to dry and then put it to use!

A tea cup candle is also always gorgeous and we love them. You can find out how to make it here.


  • Nyla Crystal @Sacramento Belly Dancer - January 9, 2012 - 12:22 am

    Those punch paper lanterns are beautiful! I have a blog post about decorating for Arabian Nights parties and will link to this post. Great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - January 10, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    All of those lanterns are beautiful! Now I have to decide which one I want to make first.ReplyCancel

  • Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D - January 13, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Wow, I really like that light bulb vase!
    Thanks for sharing your sequin vase with us for our Friday FREE-FOR-ALL. If you get a second, I’d love it if you would grab our button for your blog! :)

    Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. Our new party should be up later today!

    All the best,
    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe DReplyCancel

  • Danielle @ My Homemade Journey - January 13, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    I love these ideas! I especially like the one you make with the punched paper. It looks very professional and expensive. A great way to give a nice gift and also impress.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - March 7, 2012 - 11:32 am

    I love the lace jar! I have been saving all of my mason jars for something special and I think this is it! Thanks for the share!

    Take a peek at my place, borntobeblonde.comReplyCancel

  • azelie - May 2, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    I’m not super crafty, so maybe I don’t know what “punch paper” is, but how do you possibly do the paper vases? I can’t imagine that each hole is individually punched with a separate shape paper hole puncher… right? I love them and want to make some, but can’t figure this out!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy @ Cardmakers Delights - May 9, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    WOW! My favourite idea from this wonderful post is the lighbulb vase, now I’m wishing for a bulb or two to spontaneously expire so I can experiment. Thanks for sharing your great finds! Tracy xReplyCancel

  • Denver Personal Injury Lawyer - May 21, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    These are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • marie w - May 24, 2012 - 4:28 am

    Loved all of these ideas. I would like to know how you cut the bottom of the light bulb? It’s a little unclear how you remove it.
    All these ideas will be fun to try.ReplyCancel

  • Dedra - May 26, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    I love too many of these to mention. Thanks for doing this post!

  • Lindsay - June 2, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Wow, I really love all of these! I think my mom would really like the tea cup candles though…she LOVES candles, and tea cups are just so girly!


  • Jill - July 13, 2012 - 10:07 am

    The lightbulb one is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Renee VanEpps - July 30, 2012 - 6:08 am

    Great post, I’m going to try several of these, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Caro - October 3, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    That first vase doesn’t look like anything is glued, it just looks like it’s filled with water and sequins. Some sequins float, some sink.ReplyCancel

  • Keaton - October 9, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    These are all beautiful ideas! Very inspiring!

    Keaton @ keatonthefoodie.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • katyweddle - October 10, 2012 - 2:00 am

    so beautifulReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 8, 2012 - 7:06 am

    where do you find punch paperReplyCancel

  • Claire - November 8, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    @Rebecca you can find it at most crafts stores and online as wellReplyCancel

  • Lis - September 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    in love with the jar vintage look.ReplyCancel

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