Pottery Barn Inspired Faux Textured Clay Vase DIY

Faux textured clay vase diy filled with ferns and styled on a table

Have you seen those chic yet very pricey pieces of pottery in the home decor catalogs? Let me show you how to create your own clay vase diy project for a fraction of the price using thrift store glassware and this easy paint technique!

It’s time again for the monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop, hosted by my friend Andrea from Design Morsels. If you’re coming over from a visit with Liberty from B4 and Afters, welcome! I loved her vintage hutch makeover. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the participant’s projects. You won’t be disappointed!

How to Make a Faux Textured DIY Clay Vase

large clear glass vase

First, you want to choose a glass vase with an attractive shape. You may already have some in your home. If not, these are a dime a dozen at thrift stores and tag sales.

large glass vase, slick stick, chalk paint, baking soda, clear spray sealer and two paintbrushes needed to make a clay vase diy

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • glass vase
  • Dixie Belle Slick Stick
  • latex, acrylic or chalk paint in your desired color
  • baking soda
  • foam paint brush
  • regular paintbrush
  • clear spray paint sealer
Jar of Dixie Belle Slick Stick primer

It’s very important to prime the vase with Slick Stick prior to applying paint. If not, the paint won’t properly adhere to the glass.

painting slick stick primer onto a clear glass vase

Apply one coat of Slick Stick with a foam brush and let it dry for at least two hours. If you have time, you can apply a second coat for even better results.

spooning baking soda into a bowl with chalk paint

Mix together about a teaspoon of baking soda into approximately a quarter cup of paint.

mixing baking soda and chalk paint

The baking soda will thicken up the paint and give it some texture.

painting a large vase with a mixture of chalk paint and baking soda

Paint the vase with the baking soda mixture. You will need at least two coats.

painting a large vase with a mixture of chalk paint and baking soda

I love this rich, creamy neutral color. When the paint is fully dry, spray with sealer and you’re done!

Faux textured clay vase diy filled with ferns and styled on a table

I styled my vase with a bunch of faux ferns from Walmart. I just love how it came out!

neutral faux textured clay vase diy with ferns

Look at that nice texture! I’ve seen some other faux clay vase diy projects that involved creating a lot of texture for a rustic, aged look. While my texture is more subtle, I think it really looks like pottery!

neutral faux textured clay vase diy with ferns on a table with books and artwork

Thanks for stopping by today! I’m the last stop on the hop, but if you’re just joining in now, start at the top with our hostess, Andrea of Design Morsels. She’s got a neat abstract art project to share with you!

And if you enjoyed this project, check out these other crafts that I made for the Creative Craft Hop:

Until next time!


DIY Abstract Art

Needle Felted Duck

Creating a Customized Pillow Cover With the Cricut

Creations Flowering Tea Cup Centerpiece

Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting

Wood Art Gift Cards For Mother’s Day

Upcycled Spring Door Basket

Repurposed Old Table

DIY Mother’s Day Plaque

DIY Bee Happy Wreath

Making a Tissue Paper Garland with Tassels

Painting a Vintage Hutch

Pottery Barn Inspired Faux Textured Clay Vase DIY

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  1. I always love a Pottery Barn inspired DIY and this did not disappoint. The finished project is amazing.

  2. Rebecca, I love this transformation! So easy and the result is stunning. Who knew to use baking soda! I love reusing old glass vases. This project is Pinned. Thanks for the idea.

  3. This is such a great DIY, Rebecca! I love the texture you gave it and the neutral color you chose! Pinned!

  4. Wow, I would never have thought looking at your vase that it began with a clear glass vase. This is an amazing transformation. I can’t believe how smooth you got the finish. Your vase looks like an expensive one, no doubt! Great job!

  5. What a neat idea! It’s amazing all the different creative things people come up with. Again– it’s something anyone can do. All pinned.

  6. What a transformation and wow you did such a great job with that Pottery Barn knock off! I’d rather do the cheap version too. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. That’s a great look alike! I’m thinking of so many things I could paint now. Thank you for the slick stick tip. Glad you participated in the hop. I love it with the ferns.

  8. Rebecca, I agree with Mary–it really does look like pottery! Love the added texture! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. Rebecca, this is great!!!
    I’ve been seeing those expensive vases everywhere, but just can’t bring myself to purchase one.
    Your vase and tutorial means I can make my own – thank you!

  10. Wow Rebecca, this is incredible! The Slick Stick looks like handy stuff, and the baking soda trick is amazing! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  11. I much prefer your version over anything else I’ve seen; well done Rebecca! Definitely pinning so I can try this one day šŸ™‚

  12. Rebecca, Your painted vase does look like pottery! I would never have guessed baking soda could add that texture to paint. What a fun project using those recycled glass florist vases or some purchased from the dollar store. Iā€™m happy to learn about Slick Stick too! Happy to be hopping with you again. ā™„

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