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Easy-to-Make Vases

Ready to put your blossoming DIY skills to work? Use PVC boards to make these cool vases with a real-wood look.

PVC board vases

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter box and handsaw
  • Clamps
  • Crafts Knife
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Framing square
  • Drill with 1/16", 1/4", and 1 1/4" bits


  • 3/4" × 3-1/2" × 8' PVC smooth/textured trim board, #238343
  • 3 - .080" × 8" × 10" clear Lexan, #72055
  • Liquid Nails silicone adhesive, #239057
  • 5mm × 24mm metric shelf pins, #36755
  • Valspar spray paint: Hunter White (for optional back spray pattern), Golden Maize, Avocado

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Project Resources


Cut The Parts

Step 1

Cut the 3/4" × 3-1/2" PVC trim board for the tops, bottoms, and sides of the vases (Drawing 1, Project Diagram ). The PVC cuts with standard woodworking tools and blades.

Step 2

For the tops, drill a 1-1/4"-diameter hole in the tall vase top and two holes for the short vase top (Drawing 2, Project Diagram).

Step 3

Cut an 8" × 10" piece of Lexan into two 5" × 8" pieces for the front and back of the small vase.

Good to Know

A Lowe's associate can cut the Lexan for you, or it can be cut at home using a table saw. Also, be sure to use Lexan. Plexiglas (acrylic) can not be substituted in this project. The silicone adhesive will not bond to acrylic. Be sure you grab the Lexan for a watertight seal.

Assemble the Vases

Step 1

Attach the sides to the bottoms (Drawing 1, Project Diagram) using silicone adhesive and clamps; allow the adhesive to cure.

Step 2

Vases photo 1

Dry-clamp the front and back Lexan panels against the assembled vases and position the top. Drill 1/16" holes -- centered on each end of the top -- into the vase sides (Drawing 2, Project Diagram; Photo 1).

Step 3

Vases photo 2

Using the 1/16" holes as a guide, drill 1/4" holes 3/8" deep into the top ends of the sides and the bottom face of the tops for the shelf pins (Photo 2).

Step 4

Silicone the shelf pins into the holes in the top ends of the vase sides, centering them in the holes; then fill the 1/16" pilot holes in the tops with silicone.

Apply the Paint

Step 1

Vases photo 3

For the fronts of the vases, draw a 7/8"-wide border on one face of the protective coating on the Lexan fronts. Score this border with a crafts knife, and remove the coating (Photo 3). Remove one face of the backs to be painted. The remaining coating will protect the Lexan from overspray.

Step 2

Spray-paint the small and large vases, one face of the backs, and the border areas of the fronts. For the small vase, use Avocado; for the large vase, use Golden Maize.

Step 3

When the paint is dry, remove the remaining protective coating from faces of the Lexan. Secure the fronts and backs to the vases with silicone adhesive. For the back, the painted face goes on the outside of the vase so water does not touch the paint. For the front, the painted border goes against the silicone adhesive, facing in -- the painted border hides the adhesive from view.

Step 4

Rest the tops in position and fill the vases with water and your favorite blooms.

For an additional decorative effect, paint the chevron pattern shown on the back of the large vase.