Inside: A tutorial on making an easy vase sleeve to instantly turn jars and bottles into pretty vases.
I made these paper vase mason jar sleeves when I realised I didn’t have enough small flower vases.
When I get a big bunch of flowers, instead of putting them all in one vase, I separate them into lots of smaller vases; I can turn any mason jar into a pretty flower with this paper vase sleeves vase.
I can even turn plastic bottles and tin cans into pretty vases with these handy wallpaper sleeves, not just mason jars.
This is an almost cost-free craft that only takes five minutes to make. It is a great way to upcycle old jars, food cans, and soda bottles. It also involves one of my favourite crafts, sewing paper!
Making Wallpaper Vase Sleeves
These paper vases were made with leftover wallpaper samples and scraps. Wallpaper is great for crafting. The paper is very robust, strong, and flexible at the same time. It comes in many fabulous colours and designs. You can easily get free wallpaper samples from your local home store.
I love to craft and upcycle wallpaper and have used it to decoupage tables, wallpaper mirrors, and even upcycle a garbage bin with wallpaper. The leftover wallpaper scraps from these projects are used for other smaller crafts.
For the other vases, I use wallpaper samples. I was lucky enough to be given an old wallpaper sample book from my local interior shop for upcycling. However, you can easily get free wallpaper samples for individual designs. So you can pick wallpaper designs that will match your decor.
How To Make A Paper Vase Mason Jar Sleeve
A sewing machine is all you need to make these paper vases beside the wallpaper sample.
Step 1: Draw out a template of the flower vase shape. Ensure the vase sleeve’s circumference is wide enough to cover your mason jar. You can download and use the vase shape here.
Step 2: Next, place the paper template on top of the wallpaper sample and draw around it. Then cut out the vase shape. You will need two identical vase shapes for each mason jar sleeve cover.
You can use the same wallpaper for both sides or two different designs. If you use two different wallpaper designs, one on each side, you can turn around your paper vase for a different look.
Step 3: The next stage is the fun bit, stitching wallpaper. I used a sewing machine for this. If you have never stitched paper on a sewing machine, I recommend giving it a go. It’s straightforward and great fun. I prefer stitching paper over fabric. Have little practice first to get the hang of it before sewing the paper vase.
Place the two paper vase shapes wrong sides together. Holding them in place, stitch up both sides of the vase, and open the bottom and top. I used cotton thread in a colour that would be visible on the paper vases.
When you have finished sewing, trim the thread ends, and instead of tying a knot, add a tiny dab of glue to stop them from unravelling.
Step 4: To finish off, all left to do is open the paper vase sleeve at the bottom and slip it over the top of the mason jar. Don’t forget to add flowers!
10 Things To Consider When Sewing Paper
- Use a sharp needle such as a jean needle in your machine
- Any sewing machine will be suitable for sewing paper
- Don’t use pins. If you have to hold two pieces of paper together, use folded-over Sellotape to keep them together or sewing clips.
- Use a medium to large stitch length. If the stitch is too short, the holes in the paper will be too close to one another and tear easily.
- Go slowly; I can control the speed of my sewing machine with my foot pedal. The harder I press on the pedal, the faster the sewing, so press lightly.
- Practice on a scrap piece of paper to make sure it is suitable. Wallpaper and stronger papers work well.
- If the paper tears easily when sewing, try using a fusible web backing with the paper to strengthen it.
- Stitch on the front of your paper. The holes the needle makes sometimes don’t look so good from the backside.
- When manoeuvring around corners on the paper, stop with the needle in the down position. Then lift the presser foot and turn the paper.
- Use a piece of tape or a dab of glue on the back to secure the end threads.
I enjoyed making the vases so much that I dug out a wallpaper sample book I had acquired from my local interior shop and made more paper vases. I made so many paper vases I ran out of mason jars, so I used the sleeves on tin cans and cut plastic bottles.
If you want to try out some other sewing paper projects, check out my map paper hearts, the cute Easter bunny treat bags or the collection of crafting with wallpaper ideas on the site. These map paper moths are a fun free-form machine-stitched papercraft.
Perhaps try these paper DIY plant pot covers to make a non-stitched version of a vase sleeve.
Stitching on paper by hand is also possible, like with my cool embroidered dictionary art.