How to make a paper flower vase

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How to make a paper flower vase
You can embellish a glass vase with decorative paper. (vase of stones image by Liz from

Fresh cut flowers require a container that complements their natural beauty. Traditional vases are always appropriate but can sometimes lack excitement. One way to liven up a plain flower vase is to embellish it with paper. Paper can lend a vase texture, colour and charm and make it worthy of displaying all on its own, even without blooms.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Smooth glass vase
  • Clear, brush-on craft adhesive
  • Broad, flat paintbrush

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    Collect the paper you wish to use on your vase. Consider using multicoloured pieces of tissue paper, which will have a watercolour effect when applied to a clear glass vase, or brown butcher paper for a rustic look. For a traditional découpage look, use images cut out from magazines.

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    Cut the paper into squares, strips, circles, or other forms. Tear the paper rather than cut it if you like. You can cover the vase with tiny, colourful bits for a mosaic look or use long strips that don't lay perfectly flat for a more textured appearance.

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    Brush one section of the glass vase with a light coating of clear craft adhesive. Place pieces of paper over the adhesive in the position you desire. Coat another section of the vase with a thin layer of adhesive. Position the paper over the adhesive. Continue this process until the entire surface of the vase is covered with a paper.

  4. 4

    Paint a thin coat of the clear craft adhesive over the paper-coated vase, making sure to cover each bit of paper.

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    Allow the adhesive to dry thoroughly. You will have a flower vase that appears to be fashioned of paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a glass vase with a smooth surface. A textured or ridged surface will make it more difficult to embellish the vase with paper. Select a clear craft adhesive that works on glass.
  • Avoid getting the outside of your finished paper vase wet; fill the vase with water carefully by holding it under the tap or pouring water into it from a teapot or watering can. Hold the paper flower vase completely upside down when you pour water out of it.

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