I love blue and white chinoiserie vases and jars. I think they look beautiful on the mantle, but seeing as they are around $100 each, I just couldn’t justify the splurge!
It had me wondering if there was an affordable way to have those blue and white vases, other than getting incredibly lucky at a thrift store someday.
My crazy solution was to try to decoupage vases with a pretty paper to create a similar look. So, I went on the hunt for the perfect paper. I first tried the craft store, but I couldn’t find any paper that would work!
Pinterest showed me that napkins are frequently used to decoupage, and that’s when I found a beautiful napkin design on Amazon. My first experiment was making these tile coasters. When that went well, it gave me the confidence to move on to the vases! 🙂
Decoupage Vases Materials
- white spray paint
- blue and white cocktail napkins
- small paint brush
- plastic wrap
- Mod Podge
- acrylic spray sealer
Here are the large thrift store vases right after they came home from Goodwill.
The first step was to clean them and let them dry.
Next, I spray painted them white with a basic spray paint and primer. There is no need to be perfect, as the paint is simply a base to decoupage over. I already had Rustoleum paint and primer on hand from another craft. The vases took a several rounds of painting, as I had to turn them a few different angles to get the entire vase coated.
Then, I just went crazy decoupaging!
Separate the ply of the napkins you want to decoupage with down to one ply. My napkins had three layers, so I had to peel off the bottom two.
Then, I cut the napkin to the size I wanted to work with. I cut it in half to put the pattern around the center of the vase without having to contend with as many curves. To start, I painted the mod podge directly on the vase, and used plastic wrap to smooth the napkin onto where I wanted it.
The plastic wrap would have been a good idea to use the whole time, because the napkin will tear pretty easily if you brush too much over one spot. I just cut tiny pieces to fill in over any parts I accidentally brushed off.
Once I got going, I just stuck the napkin onto the vase and painted the modpodge over the top with the brush. I did all but the bottom section of both vases first and let it dry.
Then, I flipped them over and finished the bottom.
I’m going to let my mod podge vases cure a few weeks, then seal with mod podge acrylic spray sealer. I plan on using them for both fresh and faux flowers, so I want the outer decoupage to be able to handle getting wet now and then!
As I was applying the napkin, I realized that anywhere the napkin layer majorly overlaps, you can tell the section is darker. I think a more skilled “decoupager” (that really ought to be be a real word!) than I could make these so flawlessly you wouldn’t guess they weren’t ceramic even up close. However, mine look the most convincing from a small distance.
That said, I am thrilled with my new blue and white decoupage vases! They are large enough to fill the empty void on the mantle, and for just a few dollars! I thought they were surprisingly easy to make too.
Decoupage is such a fun medium with so many possibilities! Do you have any fun decoupage adventures to share?