Try This Easy DIY for a Fun and Fabulous Valentine's Day Gift
Here’s how to turn your favorite coloring page into a custom vase for that special someone.
By Kate Morin
Flowers are obviously a classic Valentine’s Day gift, whether for a spouse, good friend, or family member. Make this year’s gift of blooming beauties a bit more personal with this DIY vase featuring your very own adult coloring masterpiece.
What you’ll need:
- Straight-sided vase (A straight-sided vase will be easier to wrap in paper. We used this 10.5-inch tall vase from Michaels. The smaller 8.75-inch size would work great, too!)
- Completed coloring page (For the 10.5-inch vase, we copied a completed design onto 11x17-inch paper. Figure out what size will work best for your vase by measure its dimensions and make a color copy at that size.)
- Paper cutter or X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat
- Double-stick tape
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (You could use regular Mod Podge too, but we like to opt for Dishwasher Safe whenever the finished item will be around water.)
- Foam brushes
What to do:
1. Start by trimming your coloring page to size. For our 10.5-inch tall vase, we used a 11x17-inch coloring page copy trimmed to 9.75-inches wide. As long as the whole page covers the vase, the length doesn’t really matter — a little overlap is a-okay!
Want to use the same pattern shown here? Download our "Bountiful Blossoms" coloring page and get coloring!
2. Next, you need to adhere your coloring page to the vase. Start by applying a strip of double-stick tape the length of the vase. Leave a bit of space around the top and bottom of the vase—you don’t want the paper to reach the very edges of the glass.
3. Now, carefully align one edge of your paper on the tape. Get it as straight as you can to ensure that when you start wrapping, the paper doesn’t go all wonky.
4. Starting where you’ve stuck the first edge now. First, test that it will work: Roll the paper around the vase, making sure it is properly aligned all the way around.
5. Once you’ve rolled it once to make sure your paper is straight enough, you’ll need to unroll it so that you can stick the paper down. For this step, you can just add a few more pieces of tape along the glass, or you can coat the glass in mod podge. Note: The mod podge method will yield a more sturdy final product, but it’s also trickier to do. If you’re a seasoned crafter, go for it. But, if tape sounds more your speed, embrace it. (That IS the method we chose here!)
6. When you finally re-roll and get to the end of the paper, add one last strip of double-stick tape right where the edge of the paper will lie.
7. Stick down to create a seam. (It’s OK if the paper overlaps a bit!)
8. Once your paper is applied, it’s time for the mod podge. Apply a few thin coats of Mod Podge to the outside of the vase, making sure to thoroughly over the edges where the paper meets the glass. Don’t forget to let your vase dry in between layers! (Note: If you used Mod Podge to stick the paper to the glass, let that dry completely before moving on to this step.)
Add flowers, and you're done! See how simple a custom, DIY gift can be?
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