Hand Painted Ceramic Vases for a One of a Kind Mother’s Day Gift

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These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique, one of a kind Mother’s Day gift she’ll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

My friend and roommate, Bambi, had several days off last week. Our weather was unseasonably hot for spring last week with highs in the 90s and a pollen count through the roof. So rather than spending time outdoors, we decided to tackle a craft project indoors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

I still had ceramic craft vases that I bought from the Handmade Modern Collection at Target last year that were still in storage. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we decided to dig these vases out of storage and paint them with ceramic paints. These hand painted ceramic vases make great succulent planters. However, they are also perfect for storing extra craft supplies on your desk.

Decorate this ceramic geometric hanging succulent wall vase with ceramic paints for custom, one of a kind modern home decor and wall accent. These also make great DIY gift ideas! Simply decorate your ceramic geo planter as desired, then gift with a potted or faux succulent.

I’m also pretty crazy about this ceramic geometric hanging succulent wall vase that can be painted as well.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

DIY Hand Painted Ceramic Vases

We painted our vases using Liquitex Glossies, a ceramic paint that bake onto the ceramic, which Bambi still had in craft stash. Unfortunately, this particular paint was discontinued in 2016. A suitable substitute for this type of paint would be the Porcelaine 150 Ceramic Paints.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Getting started is easy. Once you have your ceramic vase and decide on a design, all you need are the paints and brushes to get started! We used paper plates for paint palettes as I misplaced mine somewhere during the last move. Pint glasses were also filled with water for rinsing off our brushes between colors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

How you design your hand painted ceramic vases is really up to you. There’s no right or wrong way. I painted my vase with layered blocks of overlapping colors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!


Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

While Bambi chose to paint lined shapes and large blocks of color for her hand painted ceramic vases. (She painted two vases!) Once we completed the designs on our hand painted ceramic vases, we set the vases aside to cure for 24 hours.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

We then baked our hand painted ceramic vases according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions. Once cool, we removed the ceramic vases from the oven.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

I chose to use a gold calligraphy paint pen to add gold accents to my vase.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

And there you have it! It’s really that easy to craft your own hand painted ceramic vases! Whether you give your vases as handmade Mother’s Day gifts or decide to keep them for yourself, you now have a unique and functional vessel that’s perfect for your home!

More to Make and Gift for Mother’s Day

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

If you enjoyed this creative Mother’s Day craft project, then you may also enjoy making these easy DIY needle felted wine bags for Mom this Mother’s Day. Or try one of these other beautiful DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

Gift this Rifle Paper Co. Fabric Zipper Pouch in black botanical cotton linen fabric from Apple White Handmade for Mother's Day. This handmade Vanilla Escape Organic Skin Care Set from Dab & Dabble makes a lovely gift for Mother's Day! This spring facial care gift set is filled with organic skin care sure to pamper and revive all skin types!

Can’t squeeze in the time to make your own handmade Mother’s Day gift? Shop from this collection of lovely handmade Mother’s Day gifts on Etsy instead. I’m particularly partial to this floral zipper pouch from Apple White Handmade as well as this Vanilla Escape Organic Skin Care Set from Dab & Dabble. (Both pictured above.)

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DIY Cloud Clay Jewelry Dish Craft Project

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DIY Cloud Ring Dish Craft Project

I was inspired by several potty cloud dishes on Etsy and decided I’d buy some air dry clay and make my own. I gave my cloud shaped jewelry dish low “walls” which proved to be slightly more difficult than I thought it would be. This was my first attempt but I’m thinking I’ll try my hand at a few more before it’s all said and done since I still have plenty of leftover clay.

DIY Cloud Shaped Clay Jewelry Dish Craft Project

To make your own DIY Cloud Clay Jewelry Dish you will need the following:

Activa Plus Natural Self Hardening Clay, 2.2-Pound, White
8-Piece Pottery Tool
Krylon KSCS039 Short Cuts Aerosol Spray Paint in Bonnet Blue
Washi Tape, optional
Bowl with water
Rolling pin
Flat surface

Let’s get started!

How to Make a Clay Jewelry Dish That's Shaped Like a Cloud

To make your dish take a chunk of the clay and roll it into a ball. Then, using a rolling pin, roll out the clay on flat, porous surface until flat. It should be about 1/4″ thick. Using the needle point clay tool, cut out a cloud shape in desired size. This will serve as the bottom base of your cloud shaped clay dish.

How to Make a Cloud Shaped Clay Jewelry or Trinket Dish Using Air Dry Clay

Now you’ll need to create the sides for your dish. Take another chunk of clay and roll it out into a long snake like shape. Make sure it is long enough to go all the way around the border of the clay cloud you just made. Using the rolling pin, roll out the cylinder of clay until flat and the same thickness as your cloud. Use the needle point clay tool to cut the flattened strip to desired height and so it is even on both the top and bottom.

DIY Cloud Dish Craft Project

Place the clay strip around the edges of the cloud all the way around. Smooth the wall of the cloud onto the cloud base with your fingers on the inside and outside. Smooth using the wet sponge or your fingers dipped in the bowl of water. Use the damp sponge or damp fingers to smooth out the rest of the dish.

If you are in a particularly dry area you may want to loosely place a plastic bag around your dish for a day or two so it dries slower and therefore more evenly. This will help to prevent it from cracking as well as allow for minor touch ups throughout the drying process.

Working with Clay - DIY Cloud Jewelry or Trinket Dish Craft Tutorial

Once your clay dish has dried completely, sand lightly with fine grain sandpaper if desired to further smooth out the dish.

How to Make a DIY Cloud Shaped Clay Jewelry Dish

Next, evenly spray your cloud jewelry dish with the spray paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely, then apply a second coat. Once your second coat has dried, your dish is ready to rock and roll! Use immediately or give your dish a bit more oomph by running a colored strip of washi tape all around the edge of the dish.

DIY Decorative Clay Cloud Jewelry or Trinket Dish

You can also dress up the walls of your cloud dish using permanent markers, paint pens or even removable Bistro Chalk Markers which allow you to remove and change your designs again and again. You can also use this dish as a wall hanging by using Gorilla Glue to attach picture hanging hardware to the back.

Looking for more inspiration for your clay cloud project? Here are a few of my favorite cloud shaped clay pottery pieces from Etsy.

Handmade Clay Pottery Dishes

Clockwise from top left: Cat in the Clouds Ceramic Wall Hanging by Pearson Maron; Cute Cloud Magnets by Sal + Sol; Little Cloud of Happiness by Joy Elizabeth Ceramics; Clouds Cup and Saucer Set by Jenni Oh Crafts

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