In this article, you’ll learn how to make a classy paper mache vase. So, what are you waiting for? Create a modern-style flower vase with the help of this step-by-step tutorial.
Hello craftaholics, We hope you are doing well. If you are a regular reader of our website, you may know that we always post our own crafts and tutorials. For the first time, we are publishing a guest post.
I’ve been writing about crafting for more than 8 years now. During all those blogging years, I got many emails wanting to publish guest posts on our website, but we could not find much quality content among them. But I must say, I loved this craft from Dora Pista.
As an art and craft-loving person, I love all the craftaholics out there and the crafts they make with love and care. So, I thought of sharing this craft and tutorial with my readers. Hope you’ll like this as I did.
This tutorial is for people who like to show their personality through home decor and are passionate about creating things at home. This paper mache vase project requires some chicken wire, leftover newspaper, and patience, but the results are worth the effort and time. You can even get the little ones involved at some of the steps, so no one gets left out of the fun.
How to Make a Paper Mache Vase
- Chicken Wire Mesh
- White Glue
- Facial Tissues
- White Acrylic Paint
- Baking Soda
- Wire Cutter
Step by Step Instructions to Make Paper Mache Vase
Take your chicken wire mesh and cut it to shape, following these measurements: 12″x 14″. Then, take the second piece of wire and cut it into an L shape: 11″ width x 7″ height (left side), 4″ height (right side).
Take your L-shaped wire mesh and roll it into the shape of a cylinder. Twist the loose ends around each other, connecting the two ends of the mesh.
Fold the loose piece of the mesh onto the cylinder shape. Connect the ends to the cylinder by twisting them to the bottom part, creating the vase’s base (the sculpture’s neck).
Roll the larger piece of chicken wire into a cylinder shape as well, connecting the ends using the twisting method.
Place the larger tube on the base and connect it using the same method. Start shaping the wire structure by pulling and pushing until it resembles the shape of the head.
Start cutting up the newspapers into approx—1″ x3″ pieces. You can also make irregularly shaped pieces, covering the curves more easily.
Next, you’ll need to make paper mache. Create a 1:1 mix with white glue and water. Dip the newspaper pieces into the mixture, removing the excess with your fingers before sticking it to the structure.
Cover the sculpture with the newspaper pieces, sticking them to it one by one after being dipped in glue. Once you complete the first layer, let it dry.
Apply a second coat of newspaper with the glue mixture and let it dry. This step can be enjoyable for the little ones, so don’t hesitate to invite them to join your crafting session!
You will need a third layer, but instead of newspaper, use facial tissues to achieve a smoother finish. Apply a coat of glue using a brush and stick paper tissue pieces to it. Finish off with another (thin) layer of glue on top of the tissues.
Once everything has dried, you can paint over the vase with acrylic paint of your choice (we used white for a sculpture-like look). Tip: you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to your color in order to achieve a rustic touch!
After the paint has dried as well, your vase is ready. You can add artificial flowers or pampas grass into it and add this unique piece of decor to your home!
I hope you liked this step-by-step tutorial on making a flower vase out of paper mache. If you want to make this craft at home, this pdf file on making a flower mache vase may come in handy.
If you enjoyed this flower vase project, here are some of our DIY home decor tutorials and paper mache projects that you may also like.
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- DIY Sunflower Coasters
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