I’ve been slightly obsessed with face vases for the last year and have been searching Etsy for vintage ones forever. I let one slip through my fingers after debating the cost for too long – and have regretted it ever since. Jonathan Adler has his, and West Elm had a sweet little collection as well (although mostly sold out now)
Last week I decided to get my hands dirty and make my own with a few simple items that I had already in my house. I used this piece by Jonathan Adler as inspiration. Mine ended up turning out to look like the Monopoly man, but I kind of love it. The total project was under $15.00 to make.
STEPS ON HOW TO DO IT!
STEP 1 / Cover your glass vase with air dry clay – leaving the inside without. The beauty of covering a glass vase is that the glass means you can use it with water. You don’t have to worry about clay leaking anything. YAHOO!
You’re using the glass as a mold. This will take some time, and requires some patience and creativity. Have a photo beside you of inspiration should you need to – I found it helpful. Start to be creative with your face – I started with the eye brows and then added a nose. Have a bowl of water nearby and wet your hands occasionally, it will help you smooth out the lines, and attach pieces together, and get relatively seamless seams.
STEP 2 / LET IT AIR DRY
I let it dry over the weekend, and started to notice it was cracking as it shrunk around the glass. It looked so sad. But after some examination, the clay was still very much intact, it just had these lines. I debated what to do.
STEP 3 / DRYDEX + SANDING
I seriously love DryDex spackling because it is so soft to work with and goes on pink – and dries white. I use it throughout the house when I get bumps in walls. It has the same texture as the clay, so I figured it would be the best to use, so not to let the cracks stand out. I had nothing to lose – and and guess what?! IT WORKED! HALLELUJAH! Take a fine piece of sandpaper and sand the spots away. Once you do the next step of painting, sanding will be impossible, so spend some time with this step.
STEP 4 / SPRAY PAINT IT HIGH GLOSS WHITE
I used high gloss spray paint – The high gloss makes it have some extra durability. I did a number of coats outside (maybe 6) so it really had a good coating on it. And….
TA-DA!!!!!! My very own Face Vase inspired by mid century ones and, Jonathan Adler. I’m off to make some more now.
Ps., I tried A Beautiful Mess’s version, with the foam before this – as it did sound super easy. Unfortunately I wasn’t happy at all with how well the foam stuck to the glass, or, how the paint looked over foam. It felt pretty flat, and wasn’t really the look I was going for. Which led me to the clay. But do check this post out, because it is another way to achieve the look and was a big inspiration behind my own project!