DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase

Metallic Gold make room for the new hot metal - Copper! Are you loving this trend, but not sure if you want to be shopping the plumbing section of the hardware store?  Plus cutting metal pipe can require specific tools and a lot more elbow grease.  Well, I've got a much simpler way to achieve this trendy look. I made this DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase with simple wooden dowels and my favorite brand of spray paint (Design Master). 

Let's get started, here's what you'll need:

Begin by measuring lengths on the dowels.  For mine I cut 7 that were 5" and 6" each and then 3 that were 7". 

If you have a drop saw, knock yourself out.  But, I just used a hack saw and had all of them cut in about 10 minutes.  Plus, I got a little exercise while doing it. :)

The ends will be a little rough and splintery.  Using a sanding block, I smooth out the ends and made sure they were flat.

With the can on it's bottom, begin glueing on the dowel pieces.  Make sure the dowel in flush with the bottom of the can, so that the finished product will sit flat on a surface. I wanted mine to look random and no order, but I pattern could be nice as well.  Continue glueing the remaining dowels.  17 dowels will fit almost exactly around a can.  Because it's not an exact fit, when you glue each dowel leave just a hair of breathing space between them and by the time you get all the way around, they should be evenly spaces.  I think this looks better then just having a 1/4" gap in one spot.

Now's the fun part, take your vase outside to paint it.  Place the vase on top of a small object so that it is up off the ground (I often use the spray paint cap for this).  

Design Master paint goes on evenly and is perfect for layering.  So, for this project I wanted a nice even, solid coat, so I applied 2 coats.  The cool thing is that you only need 5 minutes drying time between coats, that's fast!

And then, the fun part - fill it with flowers or plant your favorite fern or succulent in it. I enjoyed putting together a simple Fall arrangement.  I got all of these flowers from my local florist, I just picked lots of textures and variety, and it came together really well. You know, if you take the time to go into a flower shop and just buy individual stems, it can be a lot less expensive then even buying a pre-made bouquet at the grocery store. And this way, you get what you really want (not a whole bunch of babies breath). This vase is perfect for arrangements, with the varied heights of dowels, there are little nooks and spaces for flowers to sit in and peek through.  

I buy my Design Master paints and my local Michaels and Joann Fabrics. Design Master paints can paint the most delicate of surfaces, such as silk and fresh flowers, fabric, ribbon, tulle, lace, paper, foam board and Stryrofoam TO the sturdy hard surfaces such as wood, metal, masonry, terra cotta, ceramics and plaster. Design Master is a great resource for products and ideas.  Be sure to check out all the craft and project ideas on their blog.  

This post is sponsored by Design Master. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

And the winner of the Sven Clog giveaway is........
Maggie Terryn (@mterryn) for reposting on Instagram.  Yay!!!!  Thank you everyone for participating in this fun giveaway.  Hopefully we can do it again SOON.  


  1. Im so in love with this I can't stop looking at it! You never stop amazing me!

    1. Ah, you are a good friend. Thanks Rachel for your encouraging words. I do love these flowers and anything copper is calling my name lately.


  3. So perfect and so much you can do with metallic paint!

  4. Ive never used that spray paint before but it does create a pretty finish...I loved copper before copper was cool :) Might have to copy this for Thanksgiving!

  5. I am in love with this! I would have never guessed in a million years you just painted those wooden rods. So great, pinning for sure!


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