DIY Flower head vase

I’ve been eyeing Oh Joy’s ceramic head vases with envy for a few years now. I have a thing for things with faces on it. You know, completely normal. When I was at the craft store a few months ago I spotted these styrofoam mannequin heads and I thought: boom! Let’s DIY it! It turned out to be super simple and only $8! Wouldn’t this be fun to make as a gift for the holidays? Cheap and fun! 

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Styling and crafting by Brittany Jepsen

 See below for full instructions

Materials: styrofoam head (get one here), x-acto, small sharp knife, glass cup, newspaper (optional), white high gloss spray paint, acrylic paint, paintbrushes

Step 1: I chose to paper mache my head because I didn’t want to see the styrofoam texture. I used newspaper to paper mache it and used a flour mixture for the paste. I used this recipe (and boiled it so it would be smoother)
Step 2: If you don’t want to paper mache, that’s completely fine. Use your white spray paint to coat it a few times. Let it dry completely.
Step 3: Trace around a glass cup to create the right size hole for your vase.
Step 4: Use your x-acto or knife to cut the circle. I found a smaller knife was easier than a large knife. It’s like cutting the top of a pumpkin.
Step 5: Take out the excess of the top of the head. Place the cup in the hole. This will be where you place your flowers or plants so it doesn’t make contact with the styrofoam and mold.
Step 6: Paint on a face with acrylic paint. I used this template for the faces.
Step 6: Arrange your flowers or plants. (I used my paper tulip tutorial for my paper flowers)

Now, gift your vase to a flower loving friend!

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    I have thought about this so many time, wondering if it would work. Now I know! Thanks so much for sharing your idea.
    One question – do you think it would be possible to cover the entire head with paper clay? I’d like mine to look like a clay pot.
    Any advise would be most appreciated.

    Stay safe/stay home creating!🥰

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