If you know my mom, other than her plants, you know how much my mom loves her 1980’s Italian ceramics. You will find her collection throughout the house. Growing up, you better have been very careful not to touch… actually not to get too close to her lovely ceramics. Boy did my siblings and I hate them… and we certainly still do! Sorry mom! LOL!
For all the Anthropologie lovers out there, I’m sure you recognize these vases. Anthropologie actually came out with them last year but still carry them. Now, the moment I saw these vases, I immediately thought of my mom’s ceramic collection… but of course Anthropologie’s version [to me] are much nicer than their 1980’s counterparts. Ssh, don’t tell my mom I said that;) Nevertheless, they did remind me of my mom and her ceramics! I actually LOVE these vases!! I’m not saying this because I pretty much love anything Anthropologie.. but because I truly think they are beautiful. Of course the colors and design is what attracted me to these vases.
Considering what my mom paid for her ceramics back in the day and considering Anthropologie’s typical store pricing, the cost of these vases is actually not so bad ($18 for the smaller vases and $28 for the larger). I did contemplate on buying one when they first came out, but decided to hold off. The crafter in me told me that just maybe I can make something similar to them. I didn’t have a game plan, but it was a thought that has lingered since then.
Back in November, Brandi over at Blue Cedar Lane shared with us her version of the Anthropologie vase. I love the way her vase came out and love the route she took to make it. Go stop by and check it out! Since I saw her post, I’ve been on a hunt for a vase similar to the vase she had found. However, fast forward to May and still no luck. Yes, I did think of borrowing one of my mom’s, but I don’t think she would have approved… besides it would be smarter to sell them seeing how much they are going for now a days. Don’t ya think?!
I actually did forget about those vases until recently as I was contemplating what to do for Mother’s Day. The Anthropologie vases came to mind but thought they would be more meaningful if I made them. The idea was back on and this time I had a plan! Ready to see my knock off?
This is what I used to make my vases (I made 2):
- Clear glass flower vase (I bought mine for $1 from the Dollar Tree)
- Clay (I used oven bake clay)
- Glaze (I used Folk Art’s Clearcote Extra Thick Glaze)
- E6000 Glue
Clean off your vase from any debris and remove the labels from the bottom.
Pour the paint into the vase and swirl around until the whole vase is covered with paint. Turn upside down to allow excess paint to drip. Tip: Before turning it upside down to rest, do allow as much of the excess paint to drip in the paint container (if possible). Also, once flipped, move the vase around about every 15 minutes. You don’t want too big of a puddle forming under your vase. After about an hour I turned the vase right side up and allowed the paint to air dry.
While the vases are drying, we will be making the flowers. Yup, you heard me right! We are going to be making our own flower, so grab your clay and let’s get started.
If it makes you feel any better, when it comes to clay I really don’t know what I’m doing, so the method I may be going about is most likely not the traditional way of working with clay. I’m just going about it the way I would with fondant and gum paste (minus the water/edible glue). Does that make you feel better? No? Well, let’s keep going anyway. :P
Roll out a small ball and form into a tear drop shape. This is the bud of your flower.
Roll out another small ball of clay and flatten it with your fingers until you get a petal like shape. Initially I had used a spoon to help me form the petal, but realized after doing about four of them it was unnecessary (so you will see spoons in the following pictures; ignore them).
Wrap the first petal around the bud. Then make another petal and attach it. Keep doing this until you have formed a flower. With each layer of petals, make them slightly larger than the next. Form your petals as you go.
When you are done, your flower should look something like this.
The bottom of your flower may look like the picture on the left. If it does, just take off the excess clay and flatten out the bottom so you have a flat surface to glue on to the vase.
Bake it in the oven following the instructions on the clay package. I baked my flowers for 45 minutes.
After you bake your flower and it’s cooled, spray it with the glaze. I did two coats.
By the time the glaze on your flowers is dried up, your vases should be all ready to go (if not, just wait until they are). To help your vases stay put, place towels underneath them. Then take a wash cloth and lay it across the indented part of your vase. This is going to help prop up your flowers and keep them in place until the glue dries.
Apply E6000 glue to the back of your flower and position your flower to your vase. I placed my flower on the very top of the vase right below the indent. You can use the Anthropologie vases as reference for a better idea. You may need to adjust your towel. Make sure that the towel doesn’t come in contact with the glue. Let the glue dry overnight.
Ta Da! You now have your very own Anthropologie [knock off] vases!!
I’m loving them! I think I will be making some for myself too!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions, please let me know. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts. :)
As a side note: These vases are intended just for decorative purpose, but if you want to use them for real flowers, paint the outside of the vase instead (I recommend gloss spray paint). With the paint on the inside, the water can cause the paint to peel.
Visit my Let’s Party page to find out where I’ll be sharing my Anthropologie inspired vases.