If you have been following along here for a while, then you'll know how much I love sourcing secondhand items for my home, kitchen and table from my local thrift stores and charity shops. There are a few things I always look out for but recently I have been experimenting with different materials to bring some outdated secondhand vases to life. And I am excited to kick off this series with my first of three upcycle vase projects - my DIY Stone Vase using concrete!
I love aged terracotta pots and stone planters, vessels, jugs and vases. There is something very nostalgic about them; they remind me of seeing Nona's sitting together outside their homes along the Italian Rivera when we were on our honeymoon a few years back. I have been on the lookout for a stone pot and vase back home but what I've been able to find is either too expensive or too ugly. So I recently set out to see if I could make my own stone vase for my kitchen and table. I went down to one of my local charity stores and was immediately drawn to a fairly ugly blue and yellow ceramic vase for $2; the shape was curvy and cute, and the size was perfect (not too tall, not too short) to not only put on our floating shelves in the kitchen, but also on our long outdoor dining table (where you will be able to see your guests over it). Once I had my ugly vase in hand, I went over to Bunnings and decided to experiment with fast drying concrete powder and here we are! Read on for the materials and steps to create your very own DIY Stone Vase - using concrete! And make sure you check out my second DIY in this Upcycled Vase Series DIY Textured Vase (using joint compound!).
And there you have it! While it takes a couple of days to complete, the best part about this DIY is being able to upcycle an ugly secondhand vase and transforming it completely into a gorgeous weather stone vase. I also filmed myself making this DIY a couple of weeks ago, so I will make sure to share these videos on Instagram this week. And make sure you check out my second DIY in this Upcycled Vase Series DIY Textured Vase (using joint compound!). And to see if this concrete technique works on a planter!