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Make a Large Decorative Vase

Updated:2014-03-19 11:18:39
Creating your own decorative vases is a rewarding way to express your creativity and unique style. A large vase can make the perfect accent for a wide mantel or the corner of a room, while giving you the opportunity to display sunflowers, large bamboo rods or other items too tall or unwieldy for smaller vases.

Instructions as follows:

                                                  

Firstly, sketch the shape you want your vase to have on a piece of paper. Draw a horizontal dotted line at each point where the shape starts narrowing or widening at all of the widest and narrowest points of the vase. You will need to make the vase in separate segments as indicated by the dotted lines, then fuse them.

Secondly, turn a bucket upside down. Crumple newspaper and stuff it into small plastic bags, then tape the bags to the outside of the bucket to form a mold in the shape of the bottom segment of the vase. Leave the bottom of the bucket flat, since it will form the base the vase stands on. Cover any exposed parts of the bucket with plastic wrap and masking tape.
Thirdly, mix equal parts flour and water to create paper mache paste. Tear newspaper into strips about 2 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches long. Dip newspaper strips into the paste and layer them onto the mold, allowing the paper mache to dry thoroughly after every two to three layers.
Fourthly, remove the dried paper mache flower pot segment carefully from the mold when it is thick and sturdy enough to support itself without collapsing. The necessary thickness will vary based on the size and shape of the vase segment.
Fifthly, paint the inside of the segment with marine varnish, all the way to the edges, and allow it to dry thoroughly. If desired, add a second coat for additional waterproofing.

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