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DIY Textured Vase

DIY-Textured Vase

I had plans for a different DIY that ended up not turning out that cute, and through my attempt to salvage that idea I ended up here with this one.  It came from wanting to cover up a vase I painted with clay, then wanting to hide the uneven texture/marks from my fingers with an intentional textural design.  Yea sorry the story isn’t more exciting haha, but this kind of thing happens a lot around here.  I would call it a main leg of my “creative process.”  Fails always have something to give!

air-dry clay
-rolling pin
parchment paper
clay ribbon tool
-glass vase
X-ACTO knife


Roll out the clay long enough so that it can wrap around the glass.  It doesn’t have to be pretty, but more importantly it should be as even as possible in thickness (mine was about 1cm thick, maybe a little thicker).

Clay Wrap

Wrap the clay around the vase and bind the clay where it overlaps after cutting off the excess length.


Use an X-ACTO knife to cut of excess clay around the bottom and top edges of the glass.

Clay Ribbon

This is the fun and therapeutic part.  Use the clay ribbon tool to cut lines down the side of the vase.  It takes some practice to cut steady and at a consistent depth.

Textured Vase- DIY

Air dry that.  24 hours. I used air dry clay knowing that it’s usually softer in texture and thinking that would make it easier to work with, but I found myself wishing it had less give when I was using the ribbon tool.  I’d give oven-bake clay a go next time to see if the ribboning part goes more smoothly.

DIY Textured Vase-2

Also next time I’d be curious to try cutting different patterns, even something as simple as cutting diagonally (the idea came to me as I realized yet again that cutting straight is not the easiest thing to do.)

Textured Vase DIY

This definitely goes for the look of handmade ceramics which is easily a very favorite thing of mine.  Knowing that can be a pricey genre of goods, I for sure consider a DIY for this as a worthwhile option to take!

33 comments on “DIY Textured Vase”

  1. So cute! I have to say, what caught me the most was how awesome your photos are. I am experimenting with a new camera so maybe it is just on my brain today, but your photos along with your projects always look really, really good. Keep up the good work!

  2. The texture is perfect for the vases.I hope you do other designs and share those as well. Is the glass removable? Could you remove it and let the clay dry without it?

    1. Hi Mia! I don’t think the glass is not removable, especially while the clay is still “wet” since that kind of maneuvering is bound to ruin the design. I generally would advise against removing the glass since it’s providing a lot of structural support, but it’s worth a try if you really want that!

  3. LOVE this! I actually have a glass vase from Goodwill that I painted, but after a run through the dishwasher, it all peeled off. I was about to give up and toss it, but I think this DIY has saved it from the trash!

  4. cool project, and perfect timing for spring flowers. but i have to ask…where did you get that amazing mountains print!?

  5. Such a beautiful DIY! Really really amazing! May I ask you, which Filter or brightness you use for your instagram pictures? Would be nice:)

  6. Thanks for sharing this! It looks like a really simple way to add better detail to a plain glass vase. Not only that, but you get to make it your own as well, so it won’t necessarily look like someone else’s.

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