Paint Stencils Add Flair to Ceramic Vases

Cheap vases become a work of art with a few simple painting techniques and tools.

Ceramic vase

Adding a stenciled design gives flair to a plain vase.

Photo by Linda Smith

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This vase, which held a little bouquet of very faded artificial flowers, came from a garage sale. I don’t typically buy vases, but this one’s shape was unusual, at least as far as vases go, and I thought I could find some use for it. This project was my first attempt at stenciling — and that’s all I did to the vase, which now sits on an end table in the living room and holds the TV remotes.

Directions:

After washing the whole thing with soap and water to get the inside clean, I cleaned it with a cloth and alcohol, and let it dry.

I chose a flower stencil, and positioned it on the vase. I didn’t have any painter’s tape, so I just held it in place. However, I strongly recommend taping the stencils so they don’t move around on you. For smaller stencils, like this one, a dauber sponge brush works perfectly for adding the chalk paint. Then, very carefully, remove the stencil — if you’re not careful, you can easily ruin your project. Let it dry.

If you want a shiny finish, add a layer of wax, and let it dry completely before buffing it with a clean, lint-free cloth. I wanted a polished look for this, so I used wax on this project.

For this project, I used FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk Paint 36038 Nantucket Blue with Plaid FolkArt® stencil 30599, and FolkArt® Home Decor Wax Clear.

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