Recently at an antique fair, I was drawn to a very cute and pretty collection of mini bud vases. They were by Moorcroft and completely out of my price range. But they did give me the inspiration to make my own collection of upcycled mini 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 to make, as they are made from upcycled small plastic bottles (Yakhult) and paper napkins.
This is a quick, fun adult craft and the colourful cute mini flower vases would make a lovely handmade gift.
How To Make Upcycled Mini Flower Vases
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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 are the ones I used. But there are other brands of probiotic yoghurt drinks and shots that come in equally as cute bottles that could also be upcycled into mini flower vases.
- Paper napkins – I wanted to create a rainbow of mini bud vases, so I used Marimekko paper napkins in those colours. You only need one small napkin for each bottle. You can buy mixed packs of paper napkins for decoupage on eBay and Amazon.
- Montana Gold spray paint shock white
- Paper napkin decoupage glue
- Cling film / Saran wrap
- Brush and water
The Mini Bud Vase DIY
Step 1: First, wash and dry the Yakult bottles. Then spray paint them white. Paper napkins are very transparent, so they look best when decoupaged onto neutral coloured surfaces.
Step 2: Separate out 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.
Step 4: Next, Using a brush coat the painted Yakult bottles with a thin layer of decoupage glue.
Step 4: Before decoupaging the napkins, for a better finish tear the paper napkins rather than cut them. 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.
Step 5: Next, place the torn paper napkin onto the Yakult bottle. Then lay a piece of 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.
Step 6: Then, carry on decoupaging strips of paper napkin until the whole Yakult bottle is covered.
Step 7: Next, 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.
To finish off the upcycled mini bud vases just add flowers!
Displaying the mini flower vases
I love how cute and colourful these mini flower vases are, they look great lined up in the order of 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.
These Marimekko flower vases are like an indoor version of my very popular Marimekko decorative tin can planters that sit 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!
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, don’t forget to check out all my Marimekko DIYs here.
- 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
- First, wash and dry the small plastic bottles before spray painting them white.
- Next, cover the bottle in a thin layer of decoupage glue.
- Then separate the napkin layers, so that you just use the top printed ply of the paper napkin.
- Use a brush and water to mark the paper napkin into small strips. Tear the napkin into strips where wet.
- 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.
- Carry on decoupaging the mini plastic bottles until they are totally covered with the Marimekko paper napkins.
- Once the decoupage glue has dried, sand away any excess paper napkins from the edges of the bottle.
- Then cover the bottle with a top coat of decoupage glue to act as a protective varnish.
- Decoupage the remaining bottles, each one with a different design. Then add water and flower buds.