I love recycling objects and turning them into something new. This faux birch vase is made from a plastic popcorn jar, and looks great! It’s such a fun way to make DIY home decor.
Faux Birch Vase DIY
A recycled craft means one less item to toss in the recycling or the trash, and it also means I can get creative and experiment with an idea without losing money.
Sure, sometimes the idea fails, but that’s half of the fun when trying to turn a piece of trash into a treasure. When it works, it makes it that much sweeter.
I had gotten the idea in my head from seeing various takes on the DIY mud vase to make aged pottery. I thought I could give this plastic jar some texture with this process and then added some stain to make the birch look.
What you need to make a faux birch vase:
- plastic jar (I used a tall popcorn jar from Target)
- white chalked spray paint
- early american gel stain
- foam brush
How to make the DIY birch vase
The key to this project is layering! Keep coating the supplies until you like the way the vase looks.
Begin by washing your jar and drying thoroughly. Remove any labels or residual glue.
Spray the jar with one coat of white spray paint. Before it dries completely, sprinkle dirt all over the jar.
Wearing gloves (optional) rub the dirt all over the painted jar. Spray with another coat of paint, and rub with dirt again.
Continue this process until you are satisfied with the texture of your vase. It should look rough all over.
Let this dry, then add the ‘birch’ look!
Using gel stain on a foam brush, make angled horizontal strokes across the vase. Continue this until you are satisfied with the look of your vase.
I didn’t love how the top of the jar still had ridges where the lid was previously screwed on, so I wrapped some rope around the top and attached it with hot glue.
Before you toss a plastic jar in the recycling bin, see if you can give it a faux birch makeover too!