This embossed tin wall vase looks so real you’d have to touch it to know it is really made out of paper!
Finished Sample Size: 10” tall
paper mache wall vase
Perfect Pearls (Aged Patina Kit, Copper)
Big Shot Die (personal cutting and embossing machine by Ellison Design)
awl or piercing tool
Step 1. Cut black cardstock into several 4” squares. (You’ll need 12 squares for the 10” vase, more for the bigger vases)
Step 2. Mix Perfect Pearls (Pewter and Pearl) with water to form a creamy paint.
Step 3. Paint onto the cardstock squares and then buff in a circular motion with a paper towel for a smooth finish. Recoat if desired.
Step 4. While still damp, run the paper through the Big Shot machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 5. With a damp brush, apply Perfect Pearls (Copper, Green Patina, and Blue Patina) randomly for aged affects. Let Dry.
Step 6. Lightly sand with sandpaper to distress.
Step 7. Trim the pieces 1/2″ from the outer edges of the embossed image. This finished square will be approximately 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″. Repeat on all embossed squares.
Step 8. Glue embossed squares onto the vase with tacky glue. Start with the center square and work out. When finished trim the top, bottom, and sides of the embossed squares so that they line up with the edges of the vase. Fill in open spaces with paint (made from Perfect Pearls and water) including the bottom of the vase.
Step 9. Make any adjustments to the coloring and distressing using Perfect Pearls and sandpaper.
Step 10. Make a 1” strip for the top of the vase by gluing together 2-3 layers of black cardstock. Repeat step 3 on the strip of cardstock. Take the end of a paintbrush and hammer the surface of the cardstock to add more of an aged texture. You can also distress it with sandpaper. Glue the card stock strip to the top of the vase and trim off the excess.
Step 11. Use an awl or piercing tool to punch holes at each corner of the embossed squares. Insert brads into the holes for a final touch to complete the gorgeous vase!