How to decorate vases for a wedding

Updated April 27, 2018

You've chosen the perfect tablecloths and flowers, but plain glass vases seem too boring for your centrepieces. Dress up your vases to make them unique to your wedding. Decorating vases yourself can also save you money. Buy the least expensive vases you can find, then add decoration to make them look more expensive. Doing all the work yourself can be overwhelming, so enlist the bridal party or family members to help do all the work.


Measure the height of one vase and add 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches). Use vases that have flat sides.

Cut pieces of ribbon to the length that you calculated. The exact number of ribbons you'll need for each vase varies depending on the width of the ribbon you choose and the vase.

Glue the end of one ribbon to the underside of the vase and the other end of the ribbon to the inside rim of the vase. The ribbon should not be glued to the surface of the vase.

Cover the entire vase with ribbons. Wait until the glue dries to do the next step.

Weave ribbons horizontally through the vertical pieces. Don't cut the ribbon off the spool until it's wrapped all around the vase.

Glue the ends of each horizontal ribbon together. Slide the glued ends under a vertical ribbon to cover the ends.


Cover a vase with double-stick tape. Only handle the vase by putting your hand inside it, since touching the tape can make it less sticky.

Buy leaves or flower petals. Materials should be fairly flat and soft so they can mould to the vase. If you're using live plants or flowers, keep them in water until you're ready to use them.

Attach leaves or petals to the tape one at a time. Start from the bottom of the vase, overlapping each piece slightly so the vase doesn't show through.


If you're covering vases with foliage, make them the day before the wedding so petals and leaves won't crumble and turn brown.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-stick tape
  • Leaves or petals
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Cooking, travel and parenting are three of Kathryn Walsh's passions. She makes chicken nuggets during days nannying, whips up vegetarian feasts at night and road trips on weekends. Her work has appeared to The Syracuse Post-Standard and insider magazine. Walsh received a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.