DIY Faux Ceramic Vases


Get the high end look for less with this easy DIY Faux Ceramic Vase tutorial! Using unexpected kitchen ingredients, you can a thrifted glass vase into a something much more high end!

Hi everyone! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing an easy DIY tutorial that I just can’t get enough of! I love using unique vases in my home for fresh flowers, greenery, and faux plants, but they aren’t always cheap or I can’t find the colors that I want. This tutorial shows you how to transform a cheap glass vase into a fun textured vase in any color you like!

After you make this vase, check out how to make a DIY flower vase that rivals the kind you can buy at HomeGoods!

DIY faux ceramic vase.

So there are two secrets to how I make these faux ceramic vases. Just painting a glass vase will give you…well, a painted glass vase! You need two things, baking soda and coffee grounds. When you add the baking soda to the paint, you are adding in texture.

This texture adds to the appearance that the vase is ceramic! After painting with the textured paint, you will have a pretty ceramic-looking vase, but the finishing touch uses coffee grounds! When you rub the coffee grounds on semi-wet paint, the grounds stick and make the vase look old and worn, which is exactly the look you want!

DIY faux ceramic vase.

How to Make DIY Faux Ceramic Vases

This tutorial is so easy and honestly, the hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry! Go to Goodwill and pick out glass vases. Don’t worry about the color, pick shapes that you love!

Upcycled thrift shop vases

What you need: 

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Craft/DIY Tools Needed: 

  • foam paint brush
  • disposable bowl
  • glass vase

Supplies Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

  • 1 cup paint- any type works, I recommend using leftover paint from the hardware store!
  • baking soda
  • matte paint sealer – I like Rustoleum
  • coffee grounds

DIY Faux Ceramic Vase Tips:

Paint in a Circular Motion

Instead of painting up and down strokes, paint in a circular motion so it looks more like a ceramic vase which is made in a spinning motion on a wheel.

Painted Glass Vases

Cover your paint between coats

Make sure to cover your paint well between coats. The baking soda will dry the paint out quicker, so you want to make sure to tightly cover it between coats. You will need at least 2-3 coats.

DIY Textured Paint in a purple bowl

Look at that texture! No one will ever believe that this was a .59 cent vase from Goodwill! It looks old and textured and so unique! I was so thrilled with the end result and I know you will be, too! Even better, I got to use up a bunch of my old paint samples!

Square ceramic painted vase.

DIY Faux Ceramic Vase

This easy tutorial creates a high end looking vase!
Prep Time5 minutes
Work Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Keyword: faux ceramic vase
Author: Amanda Dorich


  • Paint Brush
  • Bowl
  • Vase


  • 1 cup paint
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • handful coffee grounds
  • matte spray paint sealer


  • Mix together your paint and baking soda. Until well combined. Paint your vase in circular motions, covering the entire vase. Let dry completely between coats. You will need between 2-3 coats of paint.
  • After painting the final coat, let dry for 5 minutes. Pick up your handful of coffee grounds and rub on the paint to distress, making sure to focus on the parts that would show wear, such as the rim and bottom.
  • Once happy with your distressing, spray with the sealer and let dry.
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