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Newspaper Print Cement Vase

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This cement vase can be covered in any image of your choice. This one was made to look like a rolled up newspaper.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $14 Difficulty: Moderate
  • newspaper print cement vase, concrete masonry, container gardening, crafts, gardening, repurposing upcycling
  • newspaper print cement vase, concrete masonry, container gardening, crafts, gardening, repurposing upcycling
SUPPLIES: -Newspaper -Rapid Set Cement -Tape -Water -Mixing Cup / Bowl -Cardboard Pieces or a plastic mold -2 Toilet Paper Roll Tubes -Matte Medium -Box Cutter -Paint Brush




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STEP 1: Take the 2 toilet paper tubes and tape them together end to end.
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STEP 2: Trace the open end of the toilet paper tubes onto cardboard. Cut this circle out and tape it to the end of the 2 attached toilet paper tubes. This will be the inner mold for your vase.
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STEP 3: Find an object with a circular shape to trace that is larger than the toilet paper rolls. (I used a coffee mug, which worked great) Trace out a circle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Measure the circumference of the circle.
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STEP 4: Place your toilet paper tubes along the edge of a piece of cardboard and make a mark to determine the height of your outer mold. Draw a straight line across the same distance as the circumference of the circle you made in step 3.
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STEP 5: Using your box cutter cut across the line made in step 4. Use the cardboard rectangle you just cut out to create a hollow cylinder around the cut out cardboard circle from step 3.
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STEP 6: Tape the edges of the cylinder together. Now tape the circle you cut out in step 3 to the bottom of the cylinder.
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STEP 7: (Optional) Draw a descending line around the top of the cardboard mold and drag to the top at a 90 degree angle when you are about an inch from the top. Cut out this section from the top of the mold. This will help to give the illusion of a rolled up newspaper.
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STEP 8: Mix your cement according to the package instructions. Pour the mixture between the two molds. Allow the cement to set.
  • newspaper print cement vase, concrete masonry, container gardening, crafts, gardening, repurposing upcycling
STEP 9: Cut the cardboard molds from the cement. Sand down any rough edges.
  • newspaper print cement vase, concrete masonry, container gardening, crafts, gardening, repurposing upcycling
STEP 10: Mix more cement. Spread this cement over the vase smoothing it over the surface allowing it to fill any crevices with an old credit card or something with a flat hard edge. Allow the cement to set. Sand down the cement making as smooth as possible. Dust off the vase.
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STEP 11: Spread the matte medium over the vase with a paintbrush. Press the newspaper clipping of your choice against the medium covered vase wrapping it around carefully. Set aside and allow to dry for several hours. (*Note that the newspaper print will be backwards. If you wish to have a readable print you can find an image online and reverse the image and then print it out and use it. )
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STEP 12: Once the medium has dried take a rag and dip it in water. Wet the newspaper around the vase and rub off gently. This process will allow the ink to remain on the vase while stripping the paper away. Seal the print in with another layer of medium.
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Materials I used for this project:

  • Rapid Set Cement   (Home Depot)
  • Matte Medium   (Blick (You can also get this at many craft stores))

Got a question about this project?

  • Delores Marren
    Delores Marren Vancouver, WA

    Don't care for the newspaper. I'd use something more colorful like tissue paper or maybe a magazine page.

  • Carole Boldt
    Carole Boldt Wakefield, RI

    I agree with the others, mod podge and a glass vase would have been just as simple and probably cost less....but if you are doing the cement why not just paint it....would look much better

  • Farmer's Wife Barntique

    Neat!

  • Maria L Hussain
    Maria L Hussain Sun Valley, CA

    Very nice, I liked it!

  • Cindy Broadbent
    Cindy Broadbent Springfield, TN

    It is neat and quirky. But... for me it's a lot of work for just a vase. Maybe if you were mixing cement to make other things to go with the vase, like a succulent planter, etc.

  • Tbery48
    Tbery48 West Columbia, SC

    Seems like a lot of work.

  • June davis
    June davis Newark, DE

    it might be a lot of work but people forget she did it her way. I think it is very creative and if it's a hobby or for fun who cares how long it took or how much work is involved. The point is did she have fun doing it.

    • Ms RH RAY
      Ms RH RAY La Fayette, GA

      I love it. In fact, I would enjoy leaving the distressed concrete exposed and use these at outside patio areas, too.

  • Chandra
    Chandra Raleigh, NC

    Good ideas.

  • Veralucia Santos

    Legal!

  • Tyler
    Tyler Phoenix, AZ

    Instead of the cardboard for the outside the mold use a piece of pvc pipe . it will come out smooth the first time

    • Linda Fortner King
      Linda Fortner King Union City, TN

      I have used the PVC pipes while making candle holders or solar light holders. Cut outside one lengthwise, clamp with metal clamps that screw to tighten before pouring cement. We left the inner one in after curing, but you could pull it out. PVC

  • Gael
    Gael Orange Park, FL

    Cardboard is free and tears away easily, both of which seem like an advantage over PVC.

    • Wyldecent
      Wyldecent Ashland, OH

      If you grease the pipe, you can reuse it. But it still costs :-)

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Canada

    Great idea. Just thinking it would be kind of fun to save a newspaper from the day of birth of a new little one and make a keepsake with the newspaper.

  • Becky Partain

    Fabulous!!! Sure wish you were my neighbor!! Lol

  • Janice DeLong
    Janice DeLong Bloomfield, NY

    Why couldn't you use a Pringles can or an oatmeal box for the outside part?

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI

    lovely job!! i am going to try

  • Jeannie Carle
    Jeannie Carle Parnell, MO

    OH! I'm going to try this with one copy of the paper that reported my son buying the old school we live in - going to try to seal it so it can be readable. Love this idea. Won't matter too much if it doesn't work - I have LOTS of copies! LOL

  • Lois Bendheim
    Lois Bendheim Brooksville, FL

    I even like it "in the rough" without the addition of the newspaper!! Very organic.

  • Tabitha howard
    Tabitha howard Springfield, OH

    well i think maybe for my taste i would paint the cement to match my room colors very cool idea.

  • Ella Berends

    I agree with Janice. It's a lot of worl when you can take any tube available

  • Dorothy Watson

    I agree with Janice as well. I would use a Pringles can and cover it in pretty wrapping paper. The one described here is nice but for me it would be too much work (so little time for things like this).

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