I’m not sure why it happens, but 9 times out 10 when we drop a wine glass the stem remains intact and the bowl shatters. It’s such a waste, especially if the glass is full. Over the years we’ve had a few of those oopsies, and I’ll always salvage as much of the broken bits as I can to make wine glass planters or these dreamy candleholders. Today I’d like to share how we repurposed a broken wine glass stem into a vase.

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It turned out so pretty and it’s got quite a few compliments from our guests.

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Most of them don’t believe me when I tell them it’s homemade and only took less than an hour to cobble together.

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

It’s perfect for displaying small mixed bunches of flowers….

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

…. And you can customize it to suit your home décor.

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In this quick repurpose tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn a broken wine glass stem into a vase. But, before we get there, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • Stem of a broken wine glass
  • Clay
  • Cardboard
  • Hessian (optional)

What you need to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a vase

How to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a vase

Turning the broken glass stem into a vase was pretty easy once I figured out how. From start to finish (including baking time) it took me just over 30 minutes.

Making a cardboard vase support

Use a plate or compass (the one from the school math sets) to draw a ½ circle on a piece of cardboard. The bigger the ½ circle the taller the vase portion will be.

Use a plate to draw a half circle on a piece of cardboard

Cut the ½ circle out using a sharp craft knife or scissors.

Cut the half circle out of cardboard

Roll the ½ circle into a cone shape. The tighter you roll the cone shape the slimmer the vase will be.

Tape the cardboard cone to prevent it from unravelling

Break off a small piece of clay and roll it into a ball. Squish the clay ball on top of the broken wine glass stem.

Place the clay ball over the top of the wine glass stem

Place the tip of the cardboard cone on top of the ball and secure with a little more clay.

Place the cone on top of the clay blob and mold the vase form around the cone

Making the stem vase

Break off a handful of clay, knead too soften and use a rolling pin or glass bottle to roll it out.

Roll the clay out using an empty bottle or rolling pin

You want to make a long, flat clay blob that looks something like the picture below.

A long clay blob that we'll be using to make the wine glass stem vase

Just make sure the blob is wide enough to go around the cardboard cone with some overlap. If you want to get fancy you can add some texture.  I used a piece of hessian to create a woven effect.

Place the burlap or hessian over the clay and roll over the clay to form an imprint

Silly move, BTW. That hessian left little hairs in the clay that took me forever to pull off.

A close up view of the hessian imprint

Maybe use a different fabric if you want to do something similar. You can also embed napkins into the clay before baking. Anyhoos, once you’re done, fold the clay around the cardboard cone and squish the bottom of the clay cone onto the bottom of the clay ball.

Place the cone on top of the clay blob and mold the vase form around the cone

Press and seal the overlapping clay edges together. Make sure the vase portion is aligned with the stem and doesn’t topple over.  Bake the wine glass stem vase upside down in the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Leave to cool down completely after baking.

A view of the clay and wine glass stem vase before adding color

Gently remove the cardboard cone. It should slip out pretty easily.  If you struggle, wet the  cardboard before removing.

Gently remove the cardboard cone

Check the vase for cracks. I had a small one towards the bottom of my vase.

Close up view of small cracks in the base

You can just smoosh some unbacked clay into the crack and bake again. I found this detailed tutorial to fix clay cracks really helpful .

Place the cone on top of the clay blob and mold the vase form around the cone

Painting the wine glass stem vase

I was in two minds about painting my repurpose vase. The raw clay looked so pretty against the glass stem. I finally decided to paint the outside and leave the inside as is. Before painting, check that the vase doesn’t leak by filling it with water. Just make sure the vase has cooled down completely so it doesn’t shatter.

After baking leave the broken wine glass stem vase to cool down before adding water to test for leaks

Paint or decorate the vase to suit your décor. I used a beautiful blue-green mica powder on mine. Just dab it one with a paint brush and seal with a clear spray paint sealer.

Dust on some mica powder for color

And that’s it.

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

Add your favorite flowers.

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

Not bad for something that normally gets chucked in the bin when we have an oopsie.

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

Have you repurposed any wine glasses? What did you make?

Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

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Ever wondered what to do with broken wine glasses? Join us behind the scenes as we show you how to repurpose a broken wine glass stem into a gorgeous vase! Easy, eco-friendly, and totally DIY-able, you won't want to miss this step-by-step tutorial! Check it out now!

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Sculpey Original ® White, Non Toxic, Polymer clay, Oven Bake Clay, 1 pound great for modeling, sculpting, holiday, DIY and school projects. Great for all skill levels
Sale Mica Powder for Epoxy Resin – Pigment Powder for Nails – Epoxy Resin Color Pigment – Soap Making Dye – Mica Pigment Powder 24 Colors Set
Polyform Liquid Sculpey Liquid Polymer Oven-Bake Clay, Translucent, 2 oz. bottle, Great for jewelry, holiday, DIY, mixed media, window clings, home décor and more! Great for beginners to artists!

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Serene Spaces Living 7' Antique Silver Glass Coupe Vase – Handmade, Vintage –Inspired Silver Vase Adds Elegance to Any Space, Use for Home Décor, Event Centerpieces and Much More, 7' T x 5.5' Diameter
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Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl 8 x 6.75 Inch Centerpiece Mercury Glass Burnt Gold Pedestal Vase, Floral Centerpiece

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