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7 Unique Ideas to Make a DIY Vase from Cardboard 

Nothing supplements your décor than a beautiful vase for any occasion. It doesn’t matter whether you want to find a place to keep your pencils or place those unexpected flowers. A vase will always be a stylish option. Yet, getting the perfect vase is not a straightforward matter. You could search for the perfect item to no avail, or the options could stretch your budget.  


You do not have to struggle to get the perfect vase. You can utilize your free time or the mundane weekends by creating a masterpiece vase from available materials.  

One of the most accessible and eco-friendly materials you can utilize is cardboard. This material adds a personalized touch to your home décor and helps you craft excellent alternatives to traditional vases.  

So, how do you go about creating beautiful vases from cardboard? Read this piece for the seven most unique and exciting DIY ideas for making a cardboard vase.  

Cardboard Tube Vase

Likely, you throw away the round cardboard tubes that come with your aluminum foil roll or tissue paper roll. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! These cardboard rolls can make decorative DIY items, and a vase is one of them.  

If you love exploring the creative potential of reusable items or waste, making DIY vases using cardboard rolls is a fun idea for converting waste into something useful. You will need the materials below to actualize the project: 

  • Cardboard tubes 
  • Air dry clay 
  • Tissue paper 
  • Waste CD 
  • Water 
  • Acrylic paint 

Start by mixing water and glue with an equivalent ratio. Paste the tissue paper to the roll with a brush using your mixture. Then, crumple the tissue paper and paste it into the roll. Repeat on to the CD and let it completely dry. After ensuring it is dried off, paint it with a suitable color, in this case, acrylic Bronze.  

Paste the roll with the help of glue onto the CD. Now, for making the leaves, make the clay into a thin strip by rolling it. Use your clay tool to cut it into diamond shapes. You can also make the leaves with the handle of a razor.  

After making the leaves, it is time to decorate the flowers. You can use a flower plunger to make the decorations. Paste it into the tube, and paint the flowers and leaves once dried. After it has dried completely, you will have a beautiful vase. You should ensure you have a lovely vase stand or go on to make a DIY to make the set complete.  

Cereal Box Graffiti Vase

You can make a beautiful vase with your cereal box and a touch of creativity. Below are some of the items you will need for the project: 

  • Cereal box 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Small jar 
  • Glue (Gorilla glue or hot glue gun) 
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler 

Step 1: Prepare the box by cutting it appropriately. Create the desired shape and cut it carefully with scissors. 

Step 2: Decorate the vase with graffiti art. Use the paintbrush to apply the acrylic paint onto the cardboard.  

Step 3: Seal the vase to protect the design once the paint is dry.  

Step 4: Add a flower foam or jar to create a way to hold flowers. 

Step 5: Your project is done and ready for use and display. 

Cardboard Box Vase

This is a simple DIY project that requires a few commodities. You likely have old cardboard, which will be enough to make a vase. Start by cutting the top flaps and then cut corners diagonally. Fold the remaining flaps inward and use glue to hold them in position, creating a triangular shape. Cover the entire surface with decorative paper or paint, and you will have a functional vase.   

Upcycled Cardboard Vase

 You will need the following items to make the upcycled cardboard vase: 

  • Sturdy cardboard box 
  • A large plate that you will use as a template 
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Newspaper 
  • Masking tape 
  • Texture paste  
  • PVA craft glue or mod podge 
  • Plastic bottle 
  • White craft paint 
  • Matt mod podge 
  • Cooled ash from a charcoal fire 

The first step is to cut the cardboard into strips. The strips should have a width of 3cm, but you can adjust them based on your vase size. Next, mix the charcoal or wash with water to create a paste/ Apply this mixture to the cardboard strips and allow it to dry.  

Use PVA glue to attach the strips to form a cylindrical shape. Ensure the edges of the strips are aligned and secure them while the glue dries.  

The next step is to paint the vase. Proceed to create the charcoal ash texture by dipping a paintbrush in the charcoal or ash mixture and tapping it lightly over the vase’s surface.  

Sandpaper sands the vase’s surface for a smooth and polished finish. This will help blend the charcoal ash texture with the white paint. Finally, display and start using the vase.  

Origami Vase

You can create an Origami vase for a more intricate detailed design. Below are the steps for creating this vase type: 

  • Cut out a square piece of the cardboard 
  • Follow an origami tutorial to fold the cardboard into a vase shape 
  • Reinforce the edges with glue once to have a stable structure once the cardboard is folded into the vase shape 
  • Decorate the vase as you desire 

Tiered Vase

If you want a complex challenge, the tiered vase is the way to go. The design involves creating multiple tiers or levels stacked on each other. Here’s how to make the vase: 

  • Cut out several circular pieces to act as bases for each tier 
  • Cut out long strips of cardboard wider than the diameter of circular bases 
  • Attach the strips of cardboard to the circular bases 
  • Stack the bases on top of each other 
  • Insert flowers in each tier to create a beautiful display 

Geometric Vase

A geometric vase is an excellent option for a modern and minimalist look. Cut several triangles and squares in various sizes. Create fold lines along the edges and fold each piece along the scored lines to create the desired shape, and then use the hot glue gun to attach each piece to create a beautiful geometric vas.  

Wrapping Up 

Making a cardboard DIY vase is an excellent way of creating an eco-friendly and unique piece of décor. You get to turn waste into something useful, utilize your spare time, and save money you’d use to buy a vase. Follow the simple steps highlighted and let your creativity run wild!