trendy vase

A pool noodle becomes a trendy vase! Make pretty vases with 4 inexpensive upcycles

DIY your own trendy vase!

We’ve all seen the fluted vases that have exploded on the décor scene as of late. They are modern and beautiful, but also usually come with a high price tag.

Michelle Bauer says to save your pennies and pull out your pool noodles! Michelle has been hard at work creating classy containers from upcycled items. The result is an impactful accessory that fills your space.


Pool Noodle Fluted Vase


  • Pool noodles
  • Spray paint primer
  • Craft paint
  • Baking soda
  • Paintbrush


  1. Spray Dollar Tree pool noodles with primer- Michelle uses Sherwin Williams Bonding Primer.
  2. Mix latex/craft paint 1:1 with baking soda.  Stir.  The baking soda will give the texture of ceramic pottery.
  3. Paint the pool noodles with any type of paintbrush.
  4. Insert faux greenery or flower stems.
  5. Display alone or stack them on top of each other for additional height.


Thrift Store Glass Vase DIY Candle Holder


  • Glass vase
  • Wooden dowels
  • Double sided tape
  • Candle


  1. Find a glass thrift store vase, any size.  Michelle suggests a vase that has a slightly narrower top.
  2. Cut wooden dowels into 3 different lengths.  The length of the dowels is personal preference.   But, the longest length should not exceed the curvature of the glass. Michelle used 5/16” dowels.
  3. Apply double sided tape around the bottom section of the glass.
  4. Apply your dowels vertically around the vase.  Be sure to stagger the different lengths.
  5. Insert baby’s breath or any small floral stem behind the dowels.
  6. Insert a candle into the vase.
  7. This would make a beautiful centerpiece, table accent piece, Mother’s Day gift, etc.


Thrift Store Glass Jar with Pressed Flowers


  • Glass jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Pressed flowers


  1. Pick up any size, shape, style glass jar from the thrift store or use what you have on hand.
  2. Apply mod podge to the glass with a foam brush.
  3. Apply your pressed flowers/stems/leaves to the Mod Podge.  Michelle purchased pressed flowers on Amazon.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Brush another heavy coat of Mod Podge on top of the flowers that have been applied to the vase.


Thrift Store Glass Vases Upcycled



  • Pick up any type, size or style of glass jar from your local thrift store or use what you have on hand. Using a variety of sizes and shapes, by painting them all the same color, will automatically give a more cohesive feel.
  • Clean jars & allow to dry.
  • Spray the jars with Krylon Stained Glass spray paint.  Michelle used the color Tangerine Orange.
  • Each piece of glass will need 3 + very light coats of paint.  The more coats of paint, the more intense the color will be.
  • The finished product would be so fun displayed as a cluster on a mantle, shelf or coffee table, with a battery operated candle inserted, or placed inside a lantern with a candle, etc.

Michelle Bauer is a DIYer and home décor enthusiast.  Find her on Instagram at @_thepinklemon, and on Etsy.

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