JANELLE CARDA . 11 April 2021 . 0 comments

DIY Textured Clay Vase

Create beautiful textured faux clay vases, bowls and lamps with this simple paint and baking soda technique.

My husband always laughs at me when I say, "Everyone is doing it." But seriously, EVERYONE is on the paint and baking soda bandwagon, so if you haven't jumped on board, now is the time. Turn your boring, old vases, bowls, lamps, and urns into beautiful, textured, faux clay decor. It's super easy, so here you go. Let's do this!

Start with collecting some old or new (dollar store type) items that need a little pizzazz. I recommend finding at least 3 items because when you place these items together they make a perfect little grouping.

Some people recommend sanding smooth plastic items, but I didn't, it's totally up to you if you want to start with that step or just skip it completely. Please note, this technique is prone to chipping, and not recommend for vases that will hold water, so if you feel that sanding might help the paint last longer, than go for it.

Next, mix together your paint choice and the baking soda. Most people recommend one cup of paint with about 1/4 cup baking soda. I personally am a dump and mix kind of girl, so that's my technique. I just kept adding until I liked the consistency. Latex or craft paint is recommended, so I just grabbed some of my Sherwin Williams samples I had lying around. Muted whites, terra-cotta and grays tend to be the most used colors for this project. 

Apply your first layer lightly and allow it to dry. That first layer creates a good base so that the following layers grab on and stick better. You know each layer is dry when the color softens and looks sandy.

Continue layers until you are happy with the look. As far as how to apply the layers, that's up to you. You can move the brush horizontally so that the vase takes on a look as if it was spun on a potter's wheel. You can go verticly for a more modern look. Or you can do a blotting technique to make it look vintage and old.

Once you are complete adding layers and the object is completely dry. It is up to you if you want to apply a clear, matte coat of spray paint to seal it. As mentioned above, this technique is prone to chipping, so depending on the use of your object, you must decide if your project needs the added protection.

Items look great grouped together, so find a shelf, mantle or table to display them together.

Side note. While attempting this project, I also experimented with adding baking POWDER to the mix, it created a lumpy substance and added some additional texture to the vase. I've also seen DIYers out there rub dirt, yes dirt, on their items to give it that old, found object look. It's actually pretty cool, so that's a fun way to do it too.

I hope you had some fun with this project and were able to repurpose something you were tired of to create something inspiring and beautiful. Enjoy!

 

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