Paint Stencils Add Flair to Ceramic Vases

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

| Fall 2015

  • Adding a stenciled design gives flair to a plain vase.
    Photo by Linda Smith

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.


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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