We Used PVC Pipe to Make This "Terra Cotta" Vase

This boho-inspired faux terracotta vase is a simple solution for any tabletop display in your home.
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There's nothing real about this minimalist faux terra cotta vase (including the greenery!), but there's no denying that it sure is real cute. Bring this California boho-inspired tabletop project to life using our couldn't-be-easier DIY tutorial below.

Bring this California boho-inspired project to life using just a few hardware and craft store supplies.
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Things You'll Need

Here's what you'll need to make your DIY Minimalist Faux Terracotta Vase.
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Step 1

Use a ruler and pencil or pen to measure your PVC pipe to roughly eight inches in length.

Measure and mark the PVC pipe.
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Step 2

Cut the pipe down to size where you measured and marked it using a saw and miter box. Sand down any rough cut marks with a sanding block.

Cut the pipe to size.
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Step 3

Glue and clamp three of the unfinished wood circles together to create a thicker, stouter foundation for your faux vase. Allow to dry clamped up for two to three hours.

Note that you can also press wood filler into the sides of the circles at this time to minimize any exposed seams. Allow the wood filler to set for the same two to three hour period as the glue. Sand the wood filler to a smooth finish once dry before moving on to the next step.

Glue three of the circles together to create a thicker circle.
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Step 4

Attach the cut PVC pipe to the top center of the circles you just glued together using a thin bead of silicone caulk (you can just eyeball it, like we did!). Allow to dry for two to three hours, then add another bead of caulk around the seam where the base of the pipe meets the circles. Smooth this bead out with a wet fingertip to minimize the exposed edge between the two materials. Allow to dry for another hour or two.

Attach the cut PVC pipe to the circles using silicone caulk.
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Use more silicone to hide the seam between the pipe and wood circles.
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Step 5

Spray the constructed vase shape first with the 'Stone' spray paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes, then spray the piece down with one to two thin and even coats of the 'Satin Cinnamon' spray paint. The stone paint will give the vase the texture needed to look like terra cotta, and the cinnamon-colored paint will give it the right terra cotta color.

Paint the constructed vase shape.
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Step 6

Allow the finished vase to dry overnight, then fill it with faux greenery to complete the decorative project!

Fill with greenery to finish.
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Fill with faux greenery to complete the decorative project!
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Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.