Thursday, May 23, 2019

Upcycle Vase with Clay Roses

It's that time again for The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge on the fourth   Thursday of each month! Here, a group of creative bloggers come together to   share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift   store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an   item from a thrift store was transformed!     

When I spotted this cement vase for a bargain price of $1 at the Goodwill, I knew I wanted to dress it up with handmade clay flowers - they're super easy to make and no tools required!
I decided to keep the vase/planter - there's a hole in the bottom, as is!  Don't you just love this rustic, natural look! So the only other things you'll need:
  • Sculpey oven-bake clay
  • Knife
  • Baking pan
  • RapidFuse all purpose adhesive
Start with a small piece of clay and knead until soft - rolling it into a ball.
Next, flatten ball with fingers into a round oval shaped petal. Then make several more petals for a rose!
For the center of the flower, take one petal and begin rolling to curl the clay for a bud-like shape.
Then, take another petal and press it around the center bud petal,  
curving the edges slightly out.
Continue adding petals, staggering around the previous ones and flaring the edges out.
How pretty do these petals look together!
Squeeze the base of the petals to make sure all of them are secure together.
And then use a knife to cut off the excess clay .  .  .
to get a flat base for gluing.
Next, place flowers on a baking tray and bake in a 275 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, following package directions. Remove from oven and let cool. 
Glue cooled flowers onto vase using RapidFuse all purpose adhesive. Hold in place for 30-60 seconds or more until set. I love that the clay color blends in with the vase for a natural rustic look!
And finally, arrange roses on vase for a decorative look!
What an easy way to beautify and upcycle a plain thrift store item!
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The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

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  1. These flowers are gorgeous and it's amazing how adding them to the vase, gives it a whole new look. It's classy and upscale.

  2. That is lovely! You are the best at these creations!

  3. I love this idea and I can imagine these roses on different items , too, like a gift package, napkin rings, or the edge of a platter....thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Absolutley beautiful.Pinning

  5. This is fabulous Gail! Thank you for the rose tutorial I can't wait to try it!

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