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Make a Stunning Chinoiserie Vase with Decoupage

This chinoiserie vase is a beautiful and easy decoupage craft that anyone can make. It’s super simple, fun, and best of all – affordable!

blue and white chinoiserie vase on macrame placemat

Have you ever wanted to add a touch of chinoiserie chic to your home décor without spending a fortune? 

Well, today’s project is perfect for you! I’m going to show you how to decoupage a plain glass vase with beautiful blue and white chinoiserie decoupage paper.

If you are a regular visitor, (thank you) you know what a fan I am of decoupage crafts and home decor. Be sure to check out this post with 27 Decoupage Ideas.

One of the reasons I enjoy it is because it’s so versatile. You can create small projects like mason jar crafts, to large projects like furniture. 

Here are a few of my most popular decoupage projects:

This chinoiserie vase DIY has been on my to-do list for several months.

I received the most beautiful blue and white decoupage rice paper from Dixie Belle.

Rice paper is perfect to use with mod podge and it adheres beautifully to glass. 

Dixie Belle decoupage paper

In case you missed it, you have to see my favorite cottage core window DIY also made with rice paper.

While decorating my spring mantel, I was looking for a large vase to anchor one side.

I remembered this tall cylinder glass vase I had from my niece’s wedding and had a lightbulb moment!

Why not turn a plain glass vase into a gorgeous piece that looks like it’s from a high-end boutique?

Supplies Needed to Make a Chinoiserie Vase

How to Make a Chinoiserie Vase with Decoupage Rice Paper

Step 1. Clean your glass

Start by cleaning your glass with rubbing alcohol.

You want to get rid of any fingerprints, dust, or grime.

If you don’t have rubbing alcohol handy, you can use vodka but I’d save that for the martinis.

Glass vase before painting

Step 2. Paint your vase

Give your vase about 2-3 coats of chalk paint, letting it dry in between coats.

White chalk paint

I’ve had people ask why paint the vase if you are covering it with rice paper?

The reason is the colors of the paper will show up much more vibrant and bright on a white background than clear glass.

Painting a glass case with chalk paint

You can see a similar vase I made with Decoupage napkins where I did not paint it first. It still looks pretty, but not as vibrant.

Step 3. Paint your vase

Once the paint is completely dry, brush mod podge onto the glass vase with a small craft brush. 

Mod podge on glass vase

 

Step 4. Add your rice paper or napkins

Now it’s time to add the rice paper or whatever material you are using to decoupage the vase.

Adding chinoiserie rice paper

The paper I was using just happened to be the perfect size for the vase, so I had minimal cutting.

If you are working with a smaller project, I recommend working in sections and cutting the napkins, or paper into quarters.

Securing rice paper to the vase

Slowly add the paper and lightly tap it onto the vase. Rice paper is thicker than napkins so it won’t tear as easily but you still want to be gentle.

Step 5. Continue adding mod podge and paper

Repeat this process until the vase is covered.

Quick tip: Use a plastic baggie to remove any wrinkles. You will have less tearing.

Using plastic to remove wrinkles

 

Step 6. Add a top coat of mod podge 

Apply another layer of mod podge to the rice paper and let it dry for 1-2 hours.

The great thing about mod podge is it dries transparent!

Mod podge and chinoiserie vase

That’s all there is to it.  Your beautiful chinoiserie vase is ready to display.

You can spray a clear acrylic sealer on the vase, but I chose to leave it off.

I really liked the look of the flowers and didn’t want any shine.

Be sure to allow a full 28 days for the mod podge to cure.

Finished chinoiserie vase

 

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Finished chinoiserie vase
Yield: 1 Vase

Chinoiserie Vase (Decoupage Craft)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-15

Using just a few supplies, you can turn an inexpensive vase into something special. Keep reading for all the details on how to make your own chinoiserie vase.

Materials

  • Glass Cylinder Vase 
  • Mod Podge 
  • Foam Brush
  • White Chalk Paint
  • decoupage rice paper

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Clean your glass with rubbing alcohol.
    2. Paint your vase with 2-3 coats of chalk paint. Let dry between coats.
    3. Brush mod podge onto the glass vase with a small craft brush. 
    4. Add the rice paper or napkins to decoupage the vase.
    5. Repeat this process until the vase is covered.
    6. Apply another layer of mod podge to the rice paper and let dry for 1-2 hours.

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