Ribbon Box Events Blog

August 12, 2011

DIY: Paper Wrapped Vases

I love how simple this project is- but the result is big and eye catching!

To add to little interest to any centerpiece, try swapping out those glass vases for something with a little more POP. Use simple, inexpensive flowers in single shades to soften the look, and let the vases take the attention. Recently, I designed a bachelorette weekend with a travel theme, I used maps to wrap cylinder vases.  Depending on your theme or color scheme, you can use just about any type of durable wrapping paper or scrapbook paper- though I would caution you to be careful with newspaper as the ink tends to bleed when in contact with water.  I chose the map wrapping paper from Paper-Source ($3.95 per sheet, which includes one map of the world) because I loved the old world look, and the size was perfect, I could use it to wrap more than one vase.


  • Wrapping paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glass cylinder vases (you can use any shape- but be careful with curvy containers, paper will not lay smooth. Square and rectangle vases may require a little extra cutting and adhering).
  • Paper cutter (or scissors)

Getting Started

1.  Begin with a clean, dry, and flat surface. Lay out the vase on the paper and measure how much you’ll need to cover the vase. I like to leave a little room at the top to prevent frayed eges- and I know that the flowers I pop in will hang over a bit and cover any exposed glass. Leave some overlap to ensure you completely cover the vase

2.  Using a pencil, mark your cuts. Using a paper cutter, cut your paper to size.

3.  Apply spray adhesive on the wrapping paper.

4. Carefully place your cylinder on the paper, and slowly roll it up.

5. Press the paper edges firmly to ensure a secure closure.

Let stand for 1 hour before moving or assembling florals. Add to table display, and enjoy!



  1. I was a little hesitant when I read “paper” (because it sounds boring) but this looks great with the maps!

    Comment by cjot — August 12, 2011 @ 12:02 pm |Reply

    • Thanks, so glad you liked it! Next week I’ll recap all the fun little details of this travel-themed bridal weekend!

      Comment by Ribbon Box Events, LLC — August 13, 2011 @ 9:04 am |Reply

  2. […] and cheeses paired with our featured wines. Map-wrapped vases held simple floral centerpieces (get the how-to here!), a pint size suitcase from Paper-Source was the perfect platform for giving a bit of height. The […]

    Pingback by Travel Themed Bachelorette « Ribbon Box Events Blog — August 26, 2011 @ 10:03 am |Reply

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