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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: Medium
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  • 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.
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STEP 9: Cut the cardboard molds from the cement. Sand down any rough edges.
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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))

Ask the creator about this project

  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen
    on Jun 2, 2016

    Super unique, I love this! Very BK :)

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Jun 2, 2016

    These look great!!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jun 2, 2016

    Oh my gosh this is rad!

  • Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
    Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim Concord, CA
    on Jun 2, 2016

    Love that look!

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth
    on Jun 2, 2016

    This is absolutely amazing!!!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl North Port, FL
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Way more work then a toilet paper roll deserves. But the result of that labor is cute.

  • Sharonsuerose7
    Sharonsuerose7
    on Jun 3, 2016

    I collect the toilet paper rolls, for projects with my granddaughter, this is our next project.... love it:)

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Jun 3, 2016

    very cute idea

  • D.strutherssugar
    D.strutherssugar
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Use old Pringles containers for the outer mold 😉

  • Emmawilliams1
    Emmawilliams1 Emory, TX
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Or you can use paper towel rolls.. And yes. the end result is adorable...

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl North Platte, NE
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Cute idea, I would like it even without the paper! As others did, I wondered why the print was not facing out though, on the one vase. :)

    • Amanda C, Hometalk Team
      Amanda C, Hometalk Team Brooklyn, NY
      on Jun 4, 2016

      Yeah I didn't mind it so I went for it, but normally you would just print out a reverse image.

  • Jennifer Thompson
    Jennifer Thompson Barre, MA
    on Jun 5, 2016

    This is really clever!

  • Sandy Hartnett
    Sandy Hartnett Philadelphia, PA
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Love it! Hugs

  • Bethnewcomb
    Bethnewcomb
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Why not use a special newspaper article? Like your granddaughter winning a special title & giving it as a gift to the parents? Or grandson making honor roll for the first time & giving it to him to show how proud you are? Think it would be a nice keepsake???

  • Misfit
    Misfit Chicago, IL
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Am I missing something? Why do you need the cement? Why not just ModPodge newspaper over a glass vase or something else? If you could see the cement, I'd get it, but you are covering it up. So strange!

    • Missy French
      Missy French Columbus, OH
      on Jun 21, 2016

      there are websites that you can get transfer graphics. (like graphicsfairy). You could use that instead of newspaper.

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Not strange at all. If she is putting it on a balcony she may need the weight.

  • Mcgypsy9
    Mcgypsy9
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Using a tube from a fabric roll or even a piece of pvc pipe to make the outer tube would be good too. It may eliminate the need to add more cement to the project after the cardboard is removed. I really like this idea if for nothing more than the weight of the project, which sometimes is very much needed. Great efforts!

  • Otta
    Otta Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Jun 8, 2016

    Seems like a lot of work just for a vase.... Why not just decoupage' the newspaper on to a glass jar or something?

    • Frances Robinson
      Frances Robinson
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Oh yeah, I'm going to do all this work, and my friends and neighbors are going to be jealous -- because of this vase. Not.

  • Delores Marren
    Delores Marren Vancouver, WA
    on Jun 20, 2016

    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
    on Jun 24, 2016

    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

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