How to Make a Bud Vase from a PVC Pipe

Three Methods:PreparationAdding the PhotosAssembling the Vase

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one that not only shows your creativity, but also is functional and serves as a memento? By making a lovely bud vase from a PVC pipe that carries precious photos, this nifty gadget can be used for a variety of occasions from Mother’s Day to Valentine’s.

Method 1
Preparation

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    Cut the PVC pipe(s) to size. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can create two or three bud vases to sit inside the wooden block or you can have a single vase.
    • Determine the size (height) before you cut.
    • Consider having the hardware store employee cut the PVC pipe to size (if possible). Otherwise, you will need to cut it yourself using a hand saw.
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    Select enough photos to cover the PVC pipes you’ve chosen.
    • Print the photos onto laser photo paper. You may want to make several copies, or generate them in several sizes in order to obtain the right fit.
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    Add the caps to the PVC pipes using PVC glue. Set side the pipes with glued caps to dry fully.

Method 2
Adding the Photos

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    Cut and size the printed photos to fit the pipes.
    • It's recommended that you test the positioning of the photos first by placing a small piece of tape on the photos and sticking them to the pipes. Perfect the arrangement before adding the photos permanently.
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    Dip the laser printed photos in water. The images should not be saturated; dip just enough to wet them.
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    Coat the outside of one PVC pipe with Mod Podge. Make sure every inch is covered and coated.
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    Remove excess water from photos by running your finger down the paper. Then apply each dipped photo to the pipe.
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    Smooth your hand over the photos to remove any air bubbles. This will also help to stick image firmly.
    • Add more Mod Podge if you feel it is necessary. More Mod Podge can also add an extra layer of coating.
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    Trim away any excess Mod Podge once the vase has dried. Drying time will vary but can last up to a day depending on how it is stored (cool, dry conditions are best).

Method 3
Assembling the Vase

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    Drill holes in the wooden base using the electric drill and Forster drill bit.
    • This will create the stand for the PVC pipes to sit.
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    If you don't have drill you can do this part manually.
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    Shape the vase circle with care.
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    Glue the PVC pipes to the base using E-6000 glue.
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    Hold the pipe in place until you are sure it has adhered to the wood. Allow to dry up to 24 hours.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Make sure your photos are laser printed. If you don’t have a laser printer, take the images to a print shop and have them create the laser images for you. Otherwise, the resolution will be poor and the Mod Podge will soak right through the paper.
  • Consider adding a layer of sealant over the pipes and the base. Since you may be adding water inside the pipes (that could spill over to the base), you’ll want to protect your creation.
  • Paint or stick braid around the tops of the PVC pipes for a more finished look.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipes - various widths
  • PVC caps (that fit the same pipes)
  • PVC cement
  • Electric drill with a Forstner bit

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  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden Base
  • Foam Brush

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  • Glue (such as E-6000)
  • Photos

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