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In this instructable I show you, how to make a simple but beautiful vase (or basically any kind of vessel) by recycling an old vase and some branches from a tree in your garden.
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Step 1: What you need

Some wood branches (between 0.5cm and 3cm in diameter)
Saw (bandsaw ).
Sander (Random orbital sander)
Some vessel to glue the mosaic onto (I used a cheap tall narrow ceramic vase)
wood glue.
wood finish (I used danish oil).

Step 2: Choosing a vessel

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I've done several vessels like this. In this instructable I show you the first I made.

I chose a tall and narrow ceramic vase. It' quite easy and straight forward to glue the discs onto this one.

Don’t take anything with a concave shape, it’s a pain to sand at the end (the second I did was concave)!

I've also alread used a small pot and a drinking glass. My next one will be a really large vase (1m tall and 25cm in diameter).

you see, it basically doesn't matter what you use, or what material it is made of.

Step 3: Cutting the wood discs

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Get some wood branches. I used some from my own garden, after cutting back a cherry and some other tree.
you have to cut thin discs off the branches. I figured out, that about 0.5cm of thickness works quite well.
To cut the discs I used a bandsaw. be careful while cutting! The small discs can shoot away straight in your direction. For security purposes i positioned myself at the side of the bandsaw, and not in front of it. This might work better on a circular table saw... but I don’t have one.
Depending on the size of your vessel, you might need quite a lot of those discs.

The diameters you need depend heavily on the size of the vessel. For large vessels with a big radius you can use quite large discs. For smaller radiuses you should use smaller discs.

The bigger the discs, the less to glue, the more to sand. Basically the time you need for a vase stays pretty constant!
jennybotha2 years ago
Really, Really LOVE this----- don't have a band saw-- only a jig saw. So don't know if it would be possible to do.!!! but it's a great idea.
derwassi (author)  jennybotha2 years ago
Thanks:-) It should also work with a jigsaw, probably even better... With the bandsaw I had quite a lot of discs shooting through the room;-)
Thanks for reply. Thinking--- wouldn't I have to hold the twig securely somehow. Can only think of a clamp--just have the kind that clamps onto a table. Bench clamps would cost the earth and on my pension, would be a real wast of money. Hmmmn!!not too good with thinking these things out.
agis682 years ago
very nice!!!!!!!!
shazni2 years ago
Hey...this is just like mine...only i wanted the uneven look...
good job. looks very nice :-D
derwassi (author)  shazni2 years ago
Very nice!
I missed it when you posted it two months ago, unfortunately.
I like the rustic look!
Katusha2 years ago
This is beautiful. You have my vote! :)
derwassi (author)  Katusha2 years ago