DIY Vase Decorations

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DIY Vase Decorations
There are many ways to decorate a vase. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When decorating vases, be creative inside and out. Clear-glass vases can be filled with any number of items -- such as shells, leaves, flowers, coloured sand and pebbles. The outer surface of a vase can be painted, stencilled, decoupaged or covered with embellishments such as ribbons or rhinestones. Decorate your vase in a way that reflects your personality or personalise a vase as a gift to someone special.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter's tape
  • Découpage sealant
  • White or craft glue
  • Pictures
  • Stencils
  • Coloured sand
  • Toothpicks
  • Leaves
  • Pebbles
  • Seashells

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    Découpage a vase using cut-out pictures from newspapers, books or magazines -- or from images you've downloaded off the Internet. Use white or craft glue to affix the images to the outer surface of the vase. Apply a coat of clear sealant or craft podgy to seal the pictures onto the vase.

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    Paint your vase with acrylic paints. If you are artistic, paint designs on the vase freehand. Alternatively, use painter's tape to block off sections of the vase and paint in between the tape. Remove the tape when dry. For an antique look, use a crackling kit from your local paint store.

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    Personalise your vase by applying your initials. Paint freehand with a small paintbrush with a pointed tip, or use a marker. Alternatively, use stencil alphabet letters. Put inspirational words on your vase or an entire quote that is meaningful to you. Apply the names of a couple if you are giving the vase as a wedding gift with the date of their marriage.

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    Create sand art in a clear-glass vase by using coloured sand. Use different colours in layers. If you poke a toothpick through the sand on the inside of the vase down through another colour layer, you will make different design patterns. Sand-art designs will decorate any size or shaped vase.

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    Decorate inside your clear-glass vase. Position a sprig of a yellow cymbidium orchid in a clear vase filled with water with pebbles on the bottom of the vase. Other options include seashells or glass pebbles. Wrap the inside of a tall glass vase with variegated leaves, or fill it with water and lemon or lime slices.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue ceramic beads, rhinestones or flat-bottomed pebbles to the outside of the vase.

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