Upcycle a Thrift Store Vase With Clay Roses

5 Materials
$3
30 Minutes
Easy

When I spotted this cement vase for a bargain price of $1 at Goodwill, I knew I wanted to dress it up with handmade clay flowers - super easy and no special tools required!

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

I kept the vase/planter (there's a hole in the bottom) as is! Don't you just love this rustic, natural look! Even the color of the clay added a unique layering effect to the overall appearance - keeping everything simple!


Let's start with a small piece of oven-bake clay to knead until soft and pliable, shaping into a ball.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Next, flatten the ball with fingers into a round, flat oval shaped petal. Then make several more petals to create the rose!

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

For the rose center, take one petal and begin rolling to curl the clay into a bud-like shape.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Then take another petal and press it around the center bud petal.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

curving the edges slightly out.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Continue adding more petals, staggering around the previous ones and then flaring the edges out.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

How pretty do these petals look together!

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Squeeze the base of the petals to make sure all of them are secured together.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

And then use a knife to cut off the excess clay . . .

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

to get a flat base so that the rose can be glued onto the vase.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Then, place flowers on baking tray and bake in a 275 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, following clay package directions. Remove from oven and let cool.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Glue cooled flowers onto vase using RapidFuse all purpose adhesive. Hold in place for 30-60 seconds, or more, until set.

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

Arrange roses on vase for a decorative look!

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses

What an easy and quick way to beautify and upcycle a plain thrift store vase!

upcycle a thrift store vase with clay roses
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