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DIY handmade papier-mâché vase with ribbon decor

We will need:

  • Mold for future vase,
  • Newspapers
  • White paper,
  • PVA glue,
  • Disposable gloves,
  • Polyethylene film,
  • Gouache,
  • Gloss varnish for coating,
  • Gouache and varnish brushes.

1. The preparatory phase.
Prepare a mold for a future vase. If you choose a form with a flat surface, it will be easier to work. Outside, mold the mold with polyethylene so that when removing the vase from the mold, it will not damage either the future vase or the mold itself.

Dilute PVA glue with water in a ratio of 1: 3. Tear newspapers into small sections (small pieces of newspapers will make the surface of the vase more even, and large rectangular sections will significantly speed up the work). The number of newspapers you need depends on the size of your vase and the desired wall thickness.

2. Making a vase.
For this stage of work, disposable gloves are useful. Dipping newspaper pieces in glue diluted with water, carefully place them on the outside of the mold (I remind you that you must first cover the mold with polyethylene). Stitch sections in a circle. When the first ball is ready, you can give it some time to dry, or continue to work, ball-by-ball stacking newspaper pieces. For best results and durability of the finished product, newspaper cuts are best applied in 8 layers.

The drying process depends on the number of layers and can take from two to four days.
When the vase dries, you should carefully remove the form from it. To prepare the vase for decoration, it is necessary to glue it with small pieces of white paper in several layers outside and inside. For gluing white paper we use the same method as for gluing newspapers. Leave the vase covered with white paper for one more day.

3. Decoration of a vase.
The decor of your vase depends only on your imagination. We propose to cover the finished vase with patterns using ordinary gouache. Why gouache and not watercolor paints? Everything is simple. Watercolor paints will give a softer picture, since watercolor paints are more transparent. And gouache has a denser consistency, which gives a brighter and clearer picture.
It is important to determine what pattern you want to apply, and whether you want to apply it only on the outside or on the outside and the inside. Drawing is better to put in pencil beforehand. And then draw it along the contour with gouache and a thin brush. The drawing will dry for about 1-2 hours.
4. It is advisable to varnish the finished and fully dried vase for comfortable use.

Glossy varnish will look great on the finished product. If you plan to use a vase with food, then varnish for coating should be sought in stores for creativity. If your vase will not come into contact with the products, then the usual universal varnish, which can be bought at a hardware store, is also suitable (besides, such a varnish will cost you much cheaper). Coat the finished product with varnish on all sides and leave in a ventilated area for 5 hours until completely dry.

Preparation of materials for creativity

To create a decorative vase using papier-mâché technique using a ball you will need materials and tools:

  • old newspaper,
  • cardboard,
  • flour,
  • water,
  • paints,
  • glue,
  • brushes
  • scissors,
  • balloon,
  • thin ribbons of two colors.

Read more about papier-mâché technique if you have never worked in this direction.

How to make a papier-mâché vase - step by step MK

First inflate the balloon and immediately tie it up with a strong thread. Stop your choice on a ball made of dense rubber so that it does not deform, or even worse - does not burst during the drying of the pulp.

Next, cut the old newspaper with ordinary scissors into small rectangular pieces.

Tip: to make a papier-mâché vase, choose a newspaper with the text, without photos, because such pieces are covered with a large amount of printing ink and, accordingly, are poorly soaked in a paste.

Now mix in equal amounts wheat wheat flour and cool water. Buy flour with a high gluten content, then natural glue will turn out to be stronger.

In the next step, place the newspaper blanks in liquid flour dough so that they are completely immersed in it, then leave the paper for 10-15 minutes.

After the specified time, remove the pieces one at a time and stick them on the surface of the previously inflated balloon. Moreover, the upper part, where it is tied with thread, leave empty.

Dry the first layer of the newspaper slightly, and then repeat the whole procedure, leaving no empty space, several more times. The number of layers of papier-mâché will ensure the stability and strength of the walls made by a vase.

At the last glue, gently pick up newspaper pieces with your fingers to make a wrinkled surface. Be careful not to damage the paper layers. Thus you will get an unusual and very interesting texture of a flower vase.

When the paper with the paste has completely dried, which will take about 10-12 hours, carefully pierce the ball with a needle, separate it from the inside of the paper mache and throw it into the bin.

On thick cardboard, draw in pencil even circles of a suitable size, for which you can use a bottle, glass or compass. Then cut them with scissors, for the vase you need two circles.

Coat the circles on one side with glue (PVA or superglue) and fix them on the bottom outside and inside. Thanks to this, the paper vase will be stable on a flat table surface. You can also put a container of water inside and use it not only for dead wood, but also for fresh flowers.

It was the turn of decoration and coloring. Cover with any suitable paints (nitrate, oil, gouache or watercolor) first the inner, and then the outer surface of the vase made of papier-mâché.

A few words about this stage. Since the vase is relatively large, we recommend using spray cans, because of which you can evenly distribute it without smudges. In addition, it will turn out much faster.

But remember that it is necessary to work with nitrate paint in construction gloves and in the open air (in the courtyard of the house or, in extreme cases, on the landing.

  1. Firstly, you do not stain the home interior in the process.
  2. And secondly, avoid inhaling the pungent odor that distinguishes these paints, which can lead to allergic reactions and mild poisoning.

Two colors were used in the master class: dark green and deep yellow, but you can choose a gamma to design to your own taste and other ideas. In any case, leave the product to dry well (only not in the sun!), Paint it again if the newspaper appears.

It remains to figure out how to decorate a vase from papier-mâché with thin ribbons. They can be braided or wrapped around each other in a circle. The result - a simple and easy to manufacture vase for dried or artificial flowers is ready! If you want to use it for living plants, then just put inside a suitable-sized jar of water.

We recommend using the papier-mâché technique to create an original candy box and a stylish casket. It is very exciting to do this needlework not only alone, but also with children.

Mater-class for the manufacture of vases from paper mache do-it-yourself prepared by Julia Kosich, photo of the author. Check out our catalog of workshops and provide yourself with interesting classes for the whole year! Subscribe to the news and join the groups of our site “Women's Hobbies” to quickly find out about updates.