Fabric Covered Specimen Vase

This is an easy and pretty way to make a unique vase using scraps of colourful fabric and a glass bottle. This one was a soft drink bottle, but a beer bottle, sauce bottle, or similar style will do just fine.

It is perfect for displaying one or two blooms (or your Valentine's rose if you are lucky enough to receive one!)



  1. Pour a little white glue into the dish.
  2. Mix in approximately the same quantity of water.
  3. Cut the fabric scraps into small pieces of varying shapes and sizes.
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  5. Immerse a few fabric pieces in the glue mixture.
  6. Apply the glue soaked fabric to the bottle and use the brush to smooth it out.
  7. Continue to haphazardly apply more pieces making sure they completely overlap.
  8. Alternatively you can apply glue to the bottle first...
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  10. ... then apply dry fabric.
  11. Then paint more glue onto the fabric with the paintbrush. You choose which method you find easiest.
  12. When the bottle is completely covered, apply another coat of glue to smooth out any lumps and to make sure there are no dry spots.
  13. It will probably take about a day to dry. The glue will gravitate to the bottom so leave it on a protective surface while it is drying.
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  15. When it has dried, check for any parts where the bottle label shows through and apply a further piece of glue soaked fabric to cover it up.
  16. Tie something pretty around the neck and add one or two flowers or a sprig.

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February 17, 20200 found this helpful

What kind of glue? Will Elmers work or only the PVA seen in picture?

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February 21, 20200 found this helpful

White PVA glues are usually all the same, just different brands and different strengths. I am in the UK so am not familiar with Elmers. Ive heard of Mod Podge and think this is just the same too. Wood glue is a thicker version of PVA


Use any and apply common sense as to how much water to add. You don't want it too runny or it will be harder to work with. Experiment and have fun!

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