Cute Upcycled Bud Vases

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I love decorating my home with plants and flowers. Some displays are big whereas others are smaller, they are on my tables, mantles and shelves. This time I used made some cute colourful bud vases.

The popular upcycled Marimekko planters in my garden (see here) make me smile so much that I thought I'd make a smaller indoor version.

I used some Yakult bottles to make these vases but other small plastic bottles would work just as well.

There are many probiotic yoghurt and juice drinks now that come in cute little shot bottles.

The other thing I used was Marimekko paper napkins to decorate the bottles with. These can be purchased online individually, on eBay or Amazon, specifically for decoupage.

First, I spray painted the bottles a light colour. This is so that none of the writing on the bottles shows through.

I then covered the bottles in decoupage glue.

I separated out my paper napkins. I only used the top printed layer and discarded the other two layers.

The printed napkin was then wet with water and torn into strips.

The strips of paper napkins were then placed on top of the bottle onto the decoupage glue. I then used some plastic wrap to iron out any creases with the napkin and to get a smoother finish.

Once the decoupage was dry I added a layer of glue over the top to act as a protective varnish.

I made seven of these mini vases in total, each one in a different paper napkin pattern. But each paper napkin was a Marimekko design.

You can use whatever paper napkin designs you want, I just happen to have a thing about the Nordic print designs of Marimekko.

To finish off I popped a different flower bud into each vase.

I have loads more ideas for decoupaging with paper napkins including making some decorated self-watering planters, which you can see on my blog here.

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