How-To: Make Your Own Mini Vase in Under 30 Seconds

created at: 04/10/2011

Quick!  Can you guess what this tiny bud vase is made from?  I'll give you one clue: with the right moves, it can be turned into an animal*.  Now you're really curious, aren't you?  Read on!    

created at: 04/10/2011

This modern, ceramic-looking vase can be made in well under 30 seconds and only requires two materials: a 2" glass votive holder and a BALLOON.  Crazy, right??  I love that you can make it in just about any color, not to mention the fact that it has the appearance of matte glazed porcelain (my fave).

created at: 04/10/2011

Camilla Fabbri from Family Chic created these clever little vases by snipping off the mouth of a balloon, leaving about an inch of the neck, and then slipping the balloon over the votive holder.  Of course, whether your vase has an innie or an outie is up to you.

[via Family Chic]

*Well, not a living, breathing animal.  One of those abstract balloon animals... like a weiner dog, maybe?  Or how about a giraffe?

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Molly on Apr 10, 2014:

LOVE this because I routinely share flowers from my garden in food jars... this is a great idea for me to hide the tacky.  THANKS!

Anonymous on Feb 24, 2014:

Directions: Cut the tip off the balloon, start at the bottom of the cup/jar and pull the open end of the balloon over the bottom of the jar, so the jar ends up inside the balloon with the open end of the balloon on top.

Dizzy on Feb 23, 2014:

For anyone who can't see/doesn't understand how this is done, the balloon is put into the jar/votive with the open end UP, the picture of the white one on the right shows the open end of the balloon sticking up (the long bit you blow into where you have cut the edge off), all you do is push this sticky up bit down so it  goes down into the balloon/vase/votive. The picture isn't exactly self explanatory unless you zoom right in on it??

SusanM on Jan 04, 2014:

I have two baby food jars from the last visit from my granddaughter.  I can't wait to try this and give a nice little desktop vase to my favorite co-workers.  Terrific Idea!

Kennedy on Nov 25, 2013:

I don't get how to do this its to complicated i would like it if there was directions im stilll trying to get thio to work but it wont please someone comment or something how to do this project thank you very much!!

Anonymous on Nov 22, 2013:

The cut off end of the balloon goes on top and then gets tucked in. I got it!

gus on Aug 19, 2013:

So you took a votive candle jar and stuck it inside a balloon to make a flower vase.  I can do you one better.......take a votive candle jar and use it as a flower vase....taDaaaaaa.  no rubber balloon needed.

Deb on Aug 18, 2013:

Wonderful idea. I tried it with A 10 inch balloon an an olive jar approximately 8 to 10 oz . Worked great. I guess it depends on how large of a vase you want to make as to how big your balloon should be. Awsome idea thanks for sharing

Jess on Aug 18, 2013:

I still don't get it... Maybe some actual directions???

Deb on Aug 10, 2013:

After I figured it out, it turned out pretty cool. Thanks for the pin

Helena on Jun 08, 2013:

Parabéns muito criativo

Anonymous on May 07, 2013:

It's difficult to stretch the balloon over, I think it might be easier to blow it up first & leave it awhile. Cut off top and then try!

crafty grandma on Apr 29, 2013:

The grandkids came over with balloons (they had come from a b'day party) for a sleepover.  The next morning, the balloon had deflated and were on the ground (they had been filled with helium).  Not having a votive holder, I used an empty spice jar and fit it into the now deflated balloon.  The gr-kids were amazed.  Later we picked some flowers and put them in the holder for their mom.  Very very cool idea...even a small juice glass and a bigger balloon would work well.

Belkys on Apr 18, 2013:

Some said to put talc aroumd the glass so it xan be easier to slip the ballon on.
Its a comment that was said hear. (read above)
I will try this with my 8yr old daughter. She's going to love it!

Fernanda on Feb 28, 2013:

Pessoal sou brasileira e adorei a idéia mas não entendi como faz, podem me explicar o passo a passo? Obrigada

Personal'm Brazilian and I loved the idea but did not like it, can you explain step by step? Thank you

Anonymous on Feb 14, 2013:

What size balloon?  7, 9, or 12 inch?

Anonymous on Feb 08, 2013:

Flower is a snowdrop.

Anonymous on Feb 02, 2013:

Love this idea! Do you know the name of the flower in your vase? I have them all over my yard.

Nicki on Jan 31, 2013:

Super cute!!

Christine on Nov 16, 2012:

Exceptionally clever and fantastically simple

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