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!

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.

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

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

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

curving the edges slightly out.

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

How pretty do these petals look together!

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

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

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

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.

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

Arrange roses on vase for a decorative look!

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

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Donna Holmes Philpot
    on Jun 8, 2019

    Can you bake after glued to terra cotta or concrete vase?

  • Chris Hale
    on Jun 8, 2019

    How do you repair these when a petal gets chipped?

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      on Jun 8, 2019

      Actually, I accidentally broke a piece off and just made another smaller clay petal to place over the broken piece to blend in - then baked it and glued it on once it cooled.

  • JeanLV
    on Jun 8, 2020

    Absolutely love it, just did something similar using air dried clay in a cactus mold. Wonder if I could do it with my clay? Oh the thoughts you have stirred up for me, Thank you!

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