DIY: upgrade your vase with clay and peonies

A temporary botanical summer jacket

You have a particular look in mind, but you don’t have a suitable vase. No problem. With self-drying clay, a leaf with an unusual structure and the loveliest peonies you can upgrade your vase in a flash!

DIY: upgrade your vase with clay and peonies Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

What you need:        

  • Self-drying clay
  • A clean bottle
  • 2 glass vases
  • Cutting board
  • Roller
  • Aluminium foil
  • Peonies
  • Other flowers, we used: lilies, lathyrus, delphinium, veronica, bupleurum and rhodante

How to make it

Step 1

Unroll the aluminium foil on the cutting board, and place a leaf with lots of structure - like a peony leaf - on top. Roll the clay out on this until it’s a thin layer approximately 7 mm thick. 

Step 2

It looks best if the clay covers around 3/4 of the vase. Take account of this when you’re rolling out the clay. Wrap the clay around the vase and remove the foil and the leaf.    

Step 3

Cut and arrange the flowers, fill the vase with water and place the bouquet in your new vase with its temporary summer jacket. A new look in 10 minutes!

The next step

If you want something truly different, you can make a whole new vase out of the self-drying clay. You can use the existing vases as a mould. Or alternatively you could opt for entirely new shape - let your imagination run wild. 

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