If you’ve been following A Crafty Mix for a while, you’ll know how much we love using scrap wood to make all kinds of things for our home. From large stump stools to miniature grandfather clocks. Working with wood always makes me happy. And the wood doesn’t have to be perfect either. In fact, it’s often the knots and cracks that make a piece of scrap wood so perfectly imperfect. Case in point, this wooden vase that we made a few weeks back.

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Don’t you just love how the knot in the center looks like it was meant to be? And how the grain almost follows the shape of the vase.

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I was originally only planning on making one wooden vase, but when I saw how lovely it looked and how easy it was to make, I just had to rustle up another one. Since the vases aren’t sealed it’s best to use them for something that doesn’t need a lot of water. I added some yellowwood branches in ours, but pampas grass or any other dried flower will work too.

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You can dolly the vases up with beads, tassels, and feathers

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

Or keep it plain and let those beautiful woody imperfections be the stars of the show.

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

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What you need

  • Scrap wood (at least 3.5cm or 1.5″ thick)
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill and spur wood bit (the biggest one you can find)
  • Sandpaper (80, 100 and 120 grit) and sander
  • Beads and twine to decorate the vase
  • Vase pattern

What you need to make a wooden vase

How to make a wooden vase

This is a super easy tutorial. Start by sketching a vase shape or downloading this simple vase template.

Draw a simple vase shape or use the free template provided as a guide

The template contains two vase shapes for you to use. If this is your first time using a jigsaw, I would suggest you make the long-necked wooden vase first. The cut lines are super straightforward. BTW, you can find a whole bunch of beginner jigsaw tips here if you’re still a newbie.

Cut around the lines. Don't worry if you go outside the lines as long as the wooden vase bottom is straight

Don’t worry too much if you go outside the lines, as long as the bottom of the vase is as straight as possible. You don’t want it falling over 😉 Grab the biggest, fattest wood bit you have ……

Use a large spur wood bit to drill a hole in the vase

……. And drill a big hole downwards into the neck of the wooden vase.

Drill a hole down into the center of the vase shape

Use 80-grit sandpaper to get rid of any big splinters and smooth out any rough bits. Follow up with 100-grit and 120-grit sandpaper to get a beautifully smooth finish.

Use 100 and 120 grit sandpaper to sand the vase shapes
Drill a hole down into the center of the vase shape

Apply a clear wax to protect and seal the wooden vases.

Seal and protect the wooden vase with clear wax

Add a tassel and some beads and you’re all done.

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The vases look beautiful on their own

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

or filled with long-lasting greenery.

Dolly up your wooden vase with a beaded tassel

I put some branches from our Outeniqua yellowwood in these vases. We have a huge tree in the garden that my Mom-in-Law gave me many moons ago.

Place long lasting branches or greenery inside the vase

They last about a week without water. You can also put some cut branches inside.

Other plants and greenery that last without water

Some of my favorite plants that can live for a week or so without water include:

  • Israeli or Italian Ruscus
  • Baby Blue or Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  • Salal
  • Cotton Branches
  • Aspidistra
  • Asparagus Leaf
  • Mertle

A close up of the yellow wood branches in the vase

I don’t know about you, but nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing I can create something unique and special in less than an hour.

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

And when that creation celebrates the knots in life, so much better.

Isn't that knot just beautiful

These wooden vases would make such lovely gifts too.

If you like the idea of making your own wooden vase, don’t forget to pin it for later.

If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

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If you want to try your hand at using a jigsaw then this beginner friendly tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make a gorgeous wooden vase. Perfect home décor no matter what your style. #jigsawDIY #ACraftyMix #Woodenvase

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Unfinished Wood Blocks for DIY Crafts, Painting, Pyrography, 1 Inch Thick (4 Sizes, 4 Pack)
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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Modern Rustic Wood Bottle Vase Stem Holder Tabletop Home Decor
Floral Kingdom 10 inch Real Touch Anemone Poppy Bouquet for Artificial Flower Decor (Pack of 7) (White)
KALALOU Set of White Washed Tall Oblong Wooden Vases, Large & Small, Brown

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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