Turn a Dollar Store Vase Into an Aged Faux Stone Planter

2 Materials
$15
2 Hours
Easy

Got an old chipped vase lying around? Don’t throw it away! This plaster Dollar Store vase project will take your cracked vase from trash to treasure! In no time at all you can have a faux stone planter that looks like it’s been around for ages. This faux stone plaster technique can be used on vases, planters, even lawn ornaments. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to create your own faux stone planter!


Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Plaster (We used Perfect Plaster but Plaster of Paris works as well)
  • Sand
  • Cold water
  • Glass vase
  • Grey paint
  • Green paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towel or coffee filter
Mix the Plaster
Mix the Plaster


It’s important to use cold water when mixing plaster. We’ve found that when you use warm water the plaster tends to harden faster. 

Use Cold Water

This part is kind of trial and error, add water slowly until you get the plaster to the right consistency. 

Right Consistency

We’re looking for a thin frosting consistency that looks like this.

Add Sand

Then I added some fine sand to the plaster. This adds texture to the piece and gives it an aged look.

Apply the Plaster to the Glass
Apply the Plaster to the Glass


Next I spread the plaster onto the vase. 

Spread the Plaster

I slowly applied a thin layer all along the sides with my hands.

Add Plaster to the Rim

Then I dabbed a layer along the rim on top once I had finished with the sides. Don’t worry too much about glass showing through as we’ll fix that up in the next step.

Coat Completely


Add Thicker Plaster
Smooth It Out

I went back and did another coat of plaster with a bit of a thicker plaster to make sure that there were no bits of glass showing through. I wanted mine a bit smoother, so I dipped my hands in water every now and then to smooth it out. 

Let Dry

Then I let the pot dry completely. You’ll see the color change from grey to white as it dries.

Paint
Paint

I wanted to mimic granite, so I mixed up a few different shades of grey. 

Paint a Base Coat

I painted the entire pot with the light grey first. This would create a base for me to build depth and dimension on after.

Add Dimension

Then I pounced some of the medium grey onto different spots on the pot to add some dimension.

Blend with a Coffee Filter

You can also do this with a wet paper towel or coffee filter to add some depth.

Add More Dimension


Add Dark Grey

Next I focused on some little crevices and pounced the darkest grey onto the pot. 

Blend

Make sure to take a paper towel or coffee filter to blend the dark paint so that it doesn’t stand out too much. You don’t want it to look splotchy.

Add Moss

Rocks in nature often have some moss on them, so why shouldn’t my stone planter? I tapped a bit of olive green paint along the edges and corners and blended it in.

Dab


DIY Faux Stone Planter

That’s all there is to it! Who would know that this aged looking planter is actually brand new! We’ve used this technique on vases and even on a ceramic bunny! What would you age with this technique? Let us know in the comments below!

DIY Faux Stone Vase


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  • Gail Gail on Jun 08, 2020

    I like your work! How long have you had these? Are they holding up well? Crumbling at all? I am thinking the paint also acts as a bit of a sealer for inside things. I may try thiis outside on a large plastic pot that i wish was something nicer>>>>>>>Then I would need to seal. Not much invested but time so I'll give it a try. I love that is is stuff I always have on hand.

  • Barb Barb on Jun 17, 2020

    Did you plaster the bottom?

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 14, 2020

    How does it hold up outside? Can it be done to a plastic pot?

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