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How to Turn an Old Plate into a Vase

Recycle an old plate into a beautiful vase to display on your favorite table.


  • Step 1: Pick a plate and vase Pick a plate with colors that match your taste and a square shaped vase.
  • TIP: Use a plate that is mostly flat.
  • Step 2: Place the plate in plastic bag Place the plate into a strong plastic bag and seal the bag.
  • Step 3: Break plate In a safe work area, put on your safety goggles and hit the plate with the hammer until you have pieces small enough to work with.
  • TIP: Do the project outside or in the garage so you don't get stray, sharp pieces of plate inside your home.
  • Step 4: Layout pieces Put on gloves to keep from cutting yourself, and lay the plate pieces decorated side-up in front of you.
  • Step 5: Trace vase Trace each side of the vase on a piece of paper. Then lay your plate pieces on the paper until you have the design you want. Leave space between the pieces for grout.
  • Step 6: Glue pieces on vase Glue the pieces on each side of the vase with your glue, following the pattern you traced on the paper. Let the glue dry overnight.
  • Step 7: Apply grout Apply grout in all of the spaces between the pieces on the vase. Remove excess grout and let the vase sit for half an hour. Then use a wet rag to wipe the plate pieces clean.
  • Step 8: Let the vase dry Let the vase dry according to the grout directions. Then buff your vase with a dry rag.
  • Step 9: Put in flowers Put your flowers in the vase and display them!
  • FACT: Images found on ancient Greek vases have helped historians and archeologists piece together details of the Trojan War myth.

You Will Need

  • Old plate
  • Square vase
  • Strong
  • sealable plastic bag
  • Hammer
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Grout
  • Rag
  • Flowers

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