If you haven’t noticed by now, I love making vases and planters. I’m sure I have way more than necessary at this point. But that won’t stop me from making a few more to add to my collection! Ha! This DIY printable vinyl vase is a rehash of a previous tutorial. In that one, I used wall paper to make a patterned vase. But this time I’m not limited to what is already out there in peel and stick wallpaper. I’m going to share how you can make your own vase using printable vinyl!
That means you can customize this vase any way you like. Why not go silly and print out photos of your BFF for her birthday vase of flowers? Or put your own pattern on a vase. I went with my go-to grid pattern. But this time paired it with a pop of coral vinyl. The sky is the limit when it comes to this technique!
Materials to make a DIY Printable Vinyl Vase:
- Printable vinyl
- Regular adhesive vinyl for the bottom portion (optional, but I like the contrast)
- Printer and artwork
- Cylinder glass or ceramic vase (this is key because you need the vase to be a true cylinder shape so that the vinyl fits perfectly)
Begin by printing out your pattern on your printable vinyl. The printable vinyl only comes in 8.5 by 11 sheets. Therefore, you’ll need to make sure that the vase that you are covering has a circumference of 11″ or less. Which means a diameter of 3.5″ or less. If your printer is able, print your pattern in a full bleed to the edges to maximize your vinyl use.
Once you have your pattern you will want to cut your vinyl into a sheet that is 1/4″ longer than the circumference of the vase you are covering and as tall as the vase itself if you are covering the whole vase with the pattern. In my case, my vase measured 3.25″ in diameter and is 8.75″ tall. So my printed vinyl piece was 6″ by 11″ because I wanted to add a color panel to the bottom of the vase. The color panel I used was 3″ by 11″. This allowed for a 1/4″ overlap of the colored vinyl over the pattern.
Now that you have your pieces cut to size, it is time to adhere them to the vase. To do this, cut away about 1″ of the paper backing from the printed vinyl and wrap the vinyl around the vase to get the alignment perfect. Then stick down the exposed vinyl piece and use your squeegee to press the vinyl to the vase as you slowly work your way around the vase removing the paper backing.
You can’t quite see in this photo, but the paper backing is peeling off underneath and exposing the sticky back of the vinyl as I press the squeegee around the vase. Be sure to press well with the squeegee to not only adhere the vinyl, but also remove any air bubbles as you go around.
Optional Color Panel
Once you have the patterned vinyl attached to the vase, it is time to add the color panel if you chose to do that too. The process is the same as the patterned vinyl. Just cut off a 1″ piece of the backing to expose the sticky backed vinyl and then wrap it around the vase to get it aligned properly with the bottom edge. Then slowly squeege around the vase to adhere the vinyl.
Once all your vinyl is on, you can give it a good rub with the squeegee to make sure there are no air bubbles. If a few happen to be there, then just prick them with a pin and use the squeegee to press out the air.
Simple enough? Right? I found that doing the little piece of vinyl for alignment trick and using the squeegee really help get a good alignment when making the vase and help remove as much air bubbles as possible. Now go and make a DIY printable vinyl vase with any pattern you can think up!