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DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Thrifted Faux Ceramic Vase

White roses in a white textured cermaic vase
Courtney Ryall

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift that’ll show Mom just how much she means to you. I’ve got an awesome DIY project that’ll show her just how much you love her without draining your wallet. We’re taking a thrifted vase and turning it into the perfect DIY Mother’s Day gift with a few simple supplies and a whole lot of love. 

@hgtvcanada A gift she’ll love and reuse time and time again 💖 @Courtney Naray #mothersday #mothersdaygift #thriftflip #diyhomedecor #flowervase ♬ original sound – 🤍🥥S•phia🐚🍨

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Materials Required:

  • Thrifted vase
  • White paint
  • Baking soda
  • Gold gilding wax
  • Paintbrushes

DIY Mother's Day Gift Materials
Courtney Ryall

Step 1: Clean Up

First things first, give that thrifted vase a good scrub-down. Use some warm soapy water and a sponge to get rid of any dirt or grime. Once it’s clean, dry it off with a towel and let it air dry completely. 

Courtney Ryall
White paint painted on vase
Courtney Ryall

Step 2: Colour and Texture

Now, onto the fun part — creating texture. Mix up your white paint with a bit of baking soda to give it some grit. This is where the magic happens: the baking soda adds a cool, grainy texture that’ll make your vase look like it’s made of fancy ceramic. Grab a large paintbrush and start slapping on that textured paint with broad strokes. Cover the vase from top to bottom, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Don’t worry about being too neat — imperfections just add character!

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Step 3: Dry Time

Once you’ve coated the whole vase, set it aside to dry. This might take a while (I left mine overnight), so be patient and resist the urge to touch it. Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait.

Gold paint being painted on white vase
Courtney Ryall


Step 4: Gilding Wax

Okay, now comes the fancy part: adding some sparkle with gold gilding wax. Grab a rough paintbrush and start adding those touches. Swipe it on wherever you’d like… I concentrated my brush on the raised areas of texture created by our baking soda-paint mixture. Using a fairly dry brush gives you a bit more control of the product.

Keep layering on the gold until you’re happy with how it looks. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different techniques — you might just stumble upon something amazing!

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White flowers in a vase
Courtney Ryall

Step 5: Fill It With Flowers

Now that your gilded masterpiece is complete, it’s time to add the finishing touch – fresh flowers. Fill the vase with water and arrange Mom’s favourite blooms inside. 

Who knew that a thrifted vase and a bit of creativity could result in something so special? With this DIY Mother’s Day gift, you’re not just giving Mom a gift, you’re giving her a piece of your heart. 

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