The coziness of fall has us feeling the need in which to stay and nest before the bustling holidays begins. One way we're including some R&R (to live in and our homes) is with simple DIY home decor projects that elevate our space – and this one is an excellent excuse to buy ourselves some flowers, too.

Textured vases are among this season's most widely used interior decor trends. But, you don't need to spend lots of cash to add this must-have to your autumnal furnishings. Whether you are a seasoned crafter or it is your first time ordering DIY supplies, this project is really as attainable because it is chic. We share how to make these DIY textured vases, including some suggestions and techniques for adding more texture, ahead.


  • Old vases
  • White acrylic paint
  • Baking soda
  • A clean plastic takeout container, or an old food storage container
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint in a color scheme of your choice
  • Newspaper or perhaps a painting drop cloth

Step 1: Source Your Vases

Sourcing vases for this DIY fall decor project is half the enjoyment – particularly if you love to thrift. For this project, you will want to find either glass or ceramic vases to color. You can surf your cabinets for some old vases you no longer use, or you can stop by your local thrift store and find some looking for another life.

We shopped our cabinets for old vases we no longer use and located two blue vases in ceramic and glass. Then, we visited a thrift store to pick up a clear glass vase for any total of three vases. If you are new at DIY, glass is the best option because the primer mixture will glide across it much easier compared to ceramic.

If you intend to keep your vases white, we recommend sticking to clear glass vases as covering up a colorful base with just primer may also be tricky. That said, without having a definite vase on hand, you could paint your vases with the primer mixture (step 3) and then review your vases again with plain white paint (step four).

Step 2: Mix White Paint and Sodium bicarbonate to help make the Primer Mixture

This step is the heart of the DIY. Mixing acrylic paint with sodium bicarbonate is exactly what gives these upcycled vases the textured, plaster-like effect we're going for. For this step, you'll mix two parts of paint with one a part of sodium bicarbonate. We used an old (clean) plastic takeout container as our palette mixing tray, however, you may also make use of a paper bowl or old plastic food storage container. The quantity of paint and sodium bicarbonate you use is determined by the dimensions and number of vases you choose to paint. We advise beginning with a 1 pound box of baking soda and 8 ounces of white acrylic paint.

When allowing the mixture, we recommend mixing it just a little at a time. The longer the baking soda and paint are together, the thicker the mixture can get. So, allowing the mixture as you go is the simplest way to achieve this textured look. That said, in case your mixture does start getting too thick, you could give a number of drops of paint and stir to interrupt some misconception a little. You are going for a texture that's slightly thicker compared to paint and appearance “fluffy.”

Step 3: Use the Primer

Now that you have mixed the paint and sodium bicarbonate together, it's time to give these vases a makeover. A bristled brush is right for this task as a sponge brush tends to absorb an excessive amount of paint and it is harder to glide the thick textured mixture over the vases. We advise having a handful of different sizes on hand, especially if you have vases with smaller features just like a long neck.

Dip your brush in the paint and baking soda mixture and scoop a few of the mixture onto your brush. Then, put it on directly to the vase, covering just as much surface area as possible. Because of the grittiness of the sodium bicarbonate, the texture will form naturally on your vase. However, you can always give a a bit more. One method we love to would be to take a dry bristled brush to the wet vase and make strokes in various directions and angles. You may also glob on additional mixture in some parts to create a more rustic look. Once your vases are covered in primer, it's time to provide them with a pop of color.

Step 4: Add Color

If you don't wish to keep the vases white, you can add a layer of color to provide them an additional autumnal pop. For our example, we wanted something that felt warm and female, so we went with sand, terra-cotta, along with a dusty rose color scheme. If your vases are different shapes and sizes, a monochromatic approach with a single color would also look wonderful.

In addition to the colours we chose, some of our favorite fall color schemes for this project are:

  • Deep plum, olive green, and terra-cotta
  • Burnt orange, forest green, and cream
  • Charcoal black and dark gray
  • Maroon and bronze
  • Sand, mustard, and soft tangerine

Once you choose your color, squeeze a dollop of paint onto a palette mixing tray and use a bristled brush to apply the hue over the sodium bicarbonate layer. For this step, there is no real approach to the madness with regards to painting technique. However, we made a decision to paint our strokes within the same direction. And, like the sodium bicarbonate layer, you will need to paint half the vase and allow it to dry before painting the 2nd half.

After you paint one layer, allow the vase to dry. Once dry, examine your vase to check out any areas you might have missed (pay extra attention to the areas with many different texture – those spots tend to have a few spots of white leftover). Should you missed an area, simply dip your brush within the paint and go over it lightly. In case your paint is a touch thin and also you want to give a second layer, continue doing this step again for the next coat of paint.

Step 5: Style With Fall Flowers and Foliage

Once your vases are dried and ready for display, top things off with some gorgeous fall flowers. For our example, we went with dried flowers and bunches of Magnolia leaves. It's hard to make a wrong decision with regards to flowers. For any bright, cheerful approach, you could decide on a combination of eucalyptus and sunflowers or marigolds. Dried pampas grass would also look great as an autumnal centerpiece (we like this pampas grass bouquet). This DIY is another great excuse to get outside, enjoy the crisp fall air, and forage for many branches, flowers, and foliage.

If you want your decor to last for years to come, purchasing some beautiful fake florals is yet another great idea. This dried eucalyptus bouquet is among our favorites. We also love this faux pampas bunch which feathers and foliage.

This chic DIY is perfect for all amounts of DIY and requires no expertise. Actually, the messier it appears, the greater textured (and) it looks! One of our favorite reasons for this home decor project is that it could be upcycled over and over again. You are able to repeat step four and repaint the colours every season if you want. And, if you love this textured look, you can apply it to plant pots.

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