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Unique Decoupage DIY Bud Vases Made From Repurposed Materials

Inside: An affordable DIY bud vase tutorial using empty Yakhult bottles.

Recently, I was drawn to a cute and pretty collection of mini bud vases at an antique fair. They were by Moorcroft and completely out of my price range. But they inspired me to make my collection of upcycled DIY bud vases.

These mini flower vases don’t compare to the beautiful Moorcraft ones, but they are still very colourful and look cute as centrepieces on my table.

My DIY mini bud vases cost virtually nothing, as they are made from upcycled small plastic bottles (Yakhult) and paper napkins.

I love the print designs of Marimekko and have decoupaged paper napkins with their gorgeous prints many times before. I’ve even made plastic bottle planters with them in the past.

This is a quick, fun adult craft, and the colourful cute mini flower vases would make a lovely handmade gift.

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What You Need

  • Small plastic bottles- We drink Yakhult as a family. It comes in these cute little plastic bottles, which I used. But other brands of probiotic yoghurt drinks and shots come in equally cute bottles that could also be upcycled into mini flower vases.
Empty Yakult bottles
Maimekko paper napkins

The Mini Bud Vase DIY

spray painting plastic bottles to make mini bud vases

Step 2: Separate the paper napkin layers. You only want to use the top printed ply of the paper napkin. This can be a bit fiddly, but I find it’s easier if you rub the napkin in a corner to start separating the layers. Rub the napkin between your thumb and forefinger.

Separating out the napkin layers

Step 3: Using a brush, coat the painted Yakult bottles with a thin layer of decoupage glue.

Adding decoupage glue to painted Yakult bottle

Step 4: For a better finish, tear the paper napkins rather than cut them before decoupaging the napkins. To achieve this, wet the paper napkin with a brush and gently pull the napkin. The paper napkin will tear easily along the wet edge.

wetting the paper napkin
tearing the paper napkin

Step 5: Place the torn paper napkin onto the Yakult bottle. Then lay cling film (Saran wrap) over the napkin. Pull the plastic wrap tightly around the bottle; this will help remove creases from the napkin decoupage without tearing.

decoupaging Yakult bottles to make mini bud vases

Step 6: Carry on decoupaging strips of paper napkin until the whole Yakult bottle is covered.

Decoupage plastic bottle mini flower vase

Step 7: Once the decoupage glue has dried, sand away any excess paper napkin from the edges. Then, using a brush, apply a top coat of decoupage glue. When dried, this will provide a protective varnish.

Finished decoupaged Yakult bottle mini bud vases

To finish off the bud vases, add flowers!

Upcycled mini bud vases for flowers

Displaying the mini flower vases

blue Marimekko mini bud vases

I love how cute and colourful these mini flower vases are; they look great, lined up like a rainbow on the mantle. I also try to match the colour of the flowers to the vase when possible.

Another idea is to place the mini vases together on a small tray. I spray-painted an old rectangular fish tin to use as a tray. This way, I can place the mini vases easily in the centre of a table.

DIY mini vases from upcycled bottles

These Marimekko flower vases are like an indoor version of my popular Marimekko decoupage tin can planters in my garden.

I will be decoupaging the next lot of Yakult bottles in more Marimekko paper napkins to expand this collection of bud vases. I have a big stash of Marimekko paper napkins!

Other DIY Vase Ideas

Use fabric instead of paper napkins for decoupage; check out this Kaffe Fassett fabric vase.

Marimekko Decorative tin can planters

If you want more upcycled vase ideas, I have one for hand-painted glass bud vases, a Boho leather vase, a broken China cup wall, and a denim hanging vase.

There is also a tutorial for a paper vase sleeve that instantly turns any glass jar into a designer vase.

If you love Marimekko patterns as much as I do, please check out all my Marimekko DIYs here. Also, check out these other cool decoupage ideas.

upcycled Yakult bottle bud vases
Yield: A rainbow of Marimekko upcycled mini flower bud vases

Upcycled Mini Bud Vases

rainbow of Marimekko mini vases

An upcycled tutorial on how to upcycle small yoghurt bottles such as Yakult bottles into cute Marimekko mini flower bud vases.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Mini plastic bottles such as Yakult bottles
  • Assortment of Marimekko paper napkins in various colours and patterns
  • White spray paint
  • Decoupage glue
  • Cling film/ Saran warp


  • Decoupage glue brush


  1. First, wash and dry the small plastic bottles before spray painting them white.
  2. Next, cover the bottle in a thin layer of decoupage glue.
  3. Then separate the napkin layers, so that you just use the top printed ply of the paper napkin.
  4. Use a brush and water to mark the paper napkin into small strips. Tear the napkin into strips where wet.
  5. Next lay the strip of napkin paper onto the bottle. Then place the plastic wrap on top and pull tight to eliminate creases in the paper napkins without tearing them. Cling film decoupage mini bud vase
  6. Carry on decoupaging the mini plastic bottles until they are totally covered with the Marimekko paper napkins.
  7. Once the decoupage glue has dried, sand away any excess paper napkins from the edges of the bottle.
  8. Then cover the bottle with a top coat of decoupage glue to act as a protective varnish.
  9. Decoupage the remaining bottles, each one with a different design. Then add water and flower buds.


Thursday 19th of May 2022

another fantastic recyclng craft! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Thank you, Sara, you know I love Marimekko.


Saturday 14th of May 2022

How clever and so lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Thank you, they do add a bit of colourful cheer to may table.

Marie B.

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Such a fabulous idea for recycling plastic bottles. They look so pretty!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Thank you so much, I had fun making them.


Saturday 14th of May 2022

I always treat myself to yakult if I'm on antibiotics for anything! When the kids were little I would give them the bottles for playing shops but nowadays I just put them in the recycling. Little did I realise what sweet bud vases they would make, the shape is really lovely isn't it? I did check out the ones that inspired you... wowza!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Thank you, yes we are big fans of Yakult. I was raised on it, it's a very popular drink in Asia. Yes, those Moorcraft vases are something else.


Thursday 12th of May 2022

Super cute! I can't wait to try the plastic wrap tip!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 12th of May 2022

Thank you, it does help remove creases.

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