Find out how to create your own high-end Pottery Barn inspired pieces with this easy DIY plaster vase tutorial. This project was one of my favorites and so simple to do. I hope this little DIY project will inspire you to pull out all those old glass vases that never get used and put them on display! I love making more of my home for less.
what you need for your diy plaster vase:
This project is super budget-friendly and only requires a few materials. I had all of these supplies out in the shed so my DIY plaster vase ended up costing me zero dollars.
- Thrift store vases
- Sheetrock mud or plaster of paris
- Paint (color of choice)
- Paint brush
- Craft stick
how to make your diy plaster vase
step 1 : Prep your vase
Before you get started with this project, you’ll need to clean the vases with warm soapy water, rinse well with water, and allow the vases to dry. This will remove any dirt and oils from the vases and get them ready for the primer.
After you give the vase a good washing, you’ll want to cover the entire vase with a coat of primer. This will help the plaster adhere to the surface of your vase. I used the Zinsser Primer that is good for all surfaces.
step 2: applying texture to the vase
My husband is a sheetrock finisher and always has mud on hand. I used the Plus 3 Joint Compound to apply to my vase. You can also use Plaster Of Paris.
Make sure to stir the mud thoroughly to remove any clumps so that you end up with a thick creamy paste. Then with a putty knife add the mud onto the vase and create a smooth finish. Do your best to cover as much of the surface of your vase as you can. It’s ok to have a few spots of primer peeking through, but you want to have a decent thin coating of plaster on the vase.
After the mud was applied to the vase, I used a popsicle craft stick and made lines on the vase. You can look on online at pottery vases to find a pattern to get the look you are wanting. Get creative with your patterns.
step 3: Let it dry
Once the texture is applied to the design you like, allow the plaster to dry thoroughly. This can take anywhere from overnight to 24 hours. It all depends on how much of the mixture you applied. I left mine for 24 hours to make sure it was completely dry.
step 4: adding color to your diy plaster vase
Now that you’re vase is currently taking shape, it’s time to start thinking about paint colors. I used Graphic Charcoal by Behr paint that I already had on hand. I love how the finished project turned out!
Let Me know down in the comments below what you think of this easy DIY plaster vase!