5 of the easiest ways to elevate your Dollar Store vases

Hello and welcome! Today I am showing you five easy DIYs that will elevate the simple cylinder-shaped dollar store vases that seem to multiply in the cabinet. I’ve taken five vases and created five different looks that are incredibly easy to DIY.

Let’s get started!

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Scandinavian Style Vase

You will need:


  • Step 1- Cut your dowels to the length of your vase.
  • Step 2- Glue dowels around the vase. This is why I like a dual-control hot glue gun. I use the lower temp to prevent burning my fingerprints off.
  • Step 3- Remove any Hot Glue strings that may be hanging.
  • Step 4- Add flowers, and enjoy.
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Tip- keep your dowels as straight as possible, or they will slant, and the last piece won’t fit. Each of the DIY vases I am sharing today will need to be hand-washed; not a big deal for me; just letting you know.

Scandi Style Vase filled with Pink Tulips.
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Next Up:

Coastal/Nautical Vase:

You will need:


  • Step 1- Wrap the Vase with rope to determine how much you will need to cover the whole vase. Cut.
  • Step 2- Begin at the bottom of the vase, gluing your way around and up. As you go along, make sure the rope is snug without being tight. This will prevent the glass from showing through.
  • Step 3- Cover both ends of the rope with hot glue so they do not unravel. Just a tiny dot will do.
  • Step 4- Use scissors to trim off and tidy up any excess rope.
  • Step 5- Add flowers and stand back and enjoy!

Tip: The vases I am using are from the Dollar Store and cost $1.25 each. Dollar Tree also has cylindrical vases so you can check both places for the best price. The vases I am using are left over from my oldest daughter’s wedding that we hosted in our backyard. If you’d like, you can see that here.

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 On to vase number three.

Boho Style Vase

What you will need:


  • Step I- Wrap the cording around the vase. Center the ribbon where you want it.
  • Step 2- Tie two knots in the cording
  • Step 3- Glue in place!
Series of pics showing DIY Boho Vase
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Easy right?!? I love the rustic charm.

Tip: I played with the cording to get it right where I wanted it, and I glued the knots so they won’t come undone.

I told you these were easy! But even more importantly, they look high-end.

Boho vase with tassel ribbon filled with flowers on a design book.
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Now on to the easiest dollar store vase hack yet. I once did this for bridal shower centerpieces and then gave them as thank-you gifts for the guests, and they were a huge hit; plus, it was so simple!

Glam Chic Style Vase

What you’ll need:


  • Step 1- I just put the stickers on in a pattern. I was not careful to make the perfect. Talk about a glow-up for your dollar store vases, right?!
  • Step 2- Insert flowers, and admire!
Glass vase with Gold polka dots. DIY Dollar Store Vase.
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You could also spray paint the vases before adding your stickers.

Tip: The stickers I used are very sticky, so if you put one where you don’t want it, you may have to use glue gone to remove it.

Pink tulips in a glass vase with gold polka dots.
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And now for my personal favorite:

Nature Inspired Moss Vase

What you Need:

  • Bag of Moss
  • Glue gun
  • Dollar store Vase
  • Scissors


  • Step 1- Pull your moss out and separate it into thin strips. You will want the moss to be uniform in size.
  • Step 2- Start gluing the moss onto the vase. Be careful not to burn your fingers!
  • Step 3- Fill in any holes or spaces.
  • Step 4- To tidy up your vase, trim the moss.
DIY Moss Vase with a dollar store glass vase.
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Add your favorite fresh-cut flowers!

Tip: I rolled the vase to flatten it a bit when the glue was dry to flatten it out a bit.

I hope I’ve inspired you to do something with all those glass vases you have collected!

Until next time,


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  1. Anita Holland says:

    They are all gorgeous the dowel and the moss are my favourite.

  2. Meriah says:

    Super cute! I didn’t even think of using stickers … what a great idea! I’ll have to try some of these!

  3. Marieza says:

    These are all such creative ideas! I am definitely going to try a few of them. The moss especially…my word, who would have thought? Obviously you and not me! Ha ha!

  4. A Capone Connection says:

    Oh my goodness these are such great ideas. I have a number of glass vases from Yankee candles that I repurpose to hold items. These ideas are perfect for me to do with them! Thank you!

  5. Danielle says:

    This may very well be one of my most favorite posts ever! I love dollar store crafts, and I have a thing for re-doing these glass vases!!! You gave me so many new ideas! These all look so good!!!

  6. Carol says:

    These are really useful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing your great instructions and ideas.

  7. Sara says:

    I love these ideas; so simple, yet it really elevates these plain ‘ol vases!

  8. Robyn Jones says:

    These are all so beautiful that it is hard to choose a favorite! Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    Oh wow!! They all look so fantastic, thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Michelle says:

    LOL, I had a quiet chuckle to myself, Libbie. As you were sharing each makeover I kept on thinking "Well it can’t get better than this" and then it did. Absolutely love the moss one. So beautiful

  11. Under Flowery Sky says:

    This is so cute, love the ideas specially the green one..

  12. Michelle says:

    These are all so pretty! I think the Glam chic style is my favorite.

  13. Brooke says:

    These turned out beautiful. I just happen to have a few vases I can try this on. I never seem to be able to throw them away.

  14. Marie says:

    Love this! The polka dots are so fun. And the moss is perfect for spring!

  15. Melissa says:

    Love them! Great ideas!!!

  16. c says:

    My goodness, I love this post! I’ve thought of one of these creative ideas and that’s it! Thanks for posting and linking up at the Farmhouse Friday Link Party. We are featuring it on Friday and have pinned it. Hope you join us again.

  17. LydiaF says:

    I love all of these ideas and I couldn’t help but notice all the sweet side tables you have to display your vases. Thanks for linking up to Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  18. Richella Parham says:

    Such good ideas, and so doable! I love this post!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  19. Kerryanne says:

    All great ideas Libbie! Love them.
    Thank you for sharing these easy projects at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tonight’s party and pinning too.

  20. Rachel says:

    I love these ideas. I’d like to share on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures with a link back to your blog of course.
    Thanks so much.

  21. Jillian Renee says:

    Great ideas and easy to do! Thank you.

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