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Upcycle Thrifted Vases: Chic Style (With Napkins) (Magnolia Market Inspired)

Do you like checking out the latest seasonal product catalogs and home decor boutiques for inspiration? If so, you’ll love this tutorial for upcycling thrift store vases. With this easy napkin DIY, you can easily refresh your home decor with a chic Magnolia Market Vase style. Upcycling thrifted vases is a budget-friendly way to add a touch of the latest trending style to your home.

As soon as I saw the Spring Magnolia Market distressed vase collection, I began searching for napkins with a similar design. Next, I added a screenshot of the vases and made a mental note to look for cheap vases at the thrift stores. I found the napkins and a bottle that reminded me of one of the vases’ designs.

I used the napkins on another project and promptly forgot about the vases.

Then, this week, I found a couple more thrift store vases that I thought would look good with these napkins and decided to make a trio of vases that look like the Magnolia vases If you’d like to learn how to transform cheap vases into chic design trends, grab some supplies, and let’s get started.

Thrift store vases for napkin decoupage transformation.

Inspiration from Magnolia Market Distressed Vase Collection

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Upcycle Thrift Store Finds

Adding a napkin decoupage is one of the least expensive ways to upcycle thrift store finds. There are so many great design choices in paper napkins. When I saw the green flowers on the Magnolia vases, I began looking on Amazon for a similar design and found these napkins for only $4.00.

Paint with Chalk Paint

To upcycle thrift store vases, you will need to begin with a coat of white chalk paint. This will provide a pleasing background color for the white napkin. If your vase is already white, you can skip this step.

With the clear glass, you may need to add two coats of paint to get an even coverage. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the napkin decoupage step.

Thrift Store Vase Transformation

Gather your supplies and let the transformation begin.


Here are all the supplies used to upcycle thrift store finds.

Supplies for thrift store vase update.

Napkin Decoupage Vase Transformation

Now you are ready to upcycle thrift store find vases into magnolia vases. Begin by separating the napkin. You only need the top decorative layer. You will want to cut the napkin into smaller pieces for small vases.

Begin by brushing Mod Podge onto the vase in small sections and press the napkin pieces onto the glue.

Then, brush over the napkin pieces with more Mod Podge to smooth and seal. Be gentle with this step to avoid damaging the napkin.

Brush Mod Podge over the top of the napkin

For large vases, you can cut the napkin into larger pieces. This vase is wrapped in one piece of napkin. I left the top exposed because I liked the green glaze. With the texture of this vase, you will need to press the napkin into the grooves with the brush. Then, cover the napkin with another light coat of Mod Podge.

Add napkin to thrift store vases.

Insider Tip

It’s okay with most napkin designs to overlap the pieces of the napkin. This napkin design is perfect for working on smaller vases. You can hardly tell the areas that overlap.

You may also have areas where the napkin folds over. In most cases, you will not be able to detect those areas after the top coat of Mod Podge is applied. If not, you can remove those areas and cut smaller pieces to avoid the folds.

If your napkin has a distinctive pattern, you may need to be more cautious when cutting the design to avoid any overlap. Use small pieces to fill any gaps.

Add Distressing With Rub N Buff

This next step is optional. However, if you’d like to create a distressed look around the edges like the magnolia vases, here’s how I did it.

After the Mod Podge is dry, use rub-n-buff in Antique Gold to add a distressed look. First, add a small amount to a paper towel and press it evenly over the towel to distribute. Then, rub gently around the edges of the vase. You can add more or less, depending on your preference. Buff off any excess with a clean towel.

In addition, the bottle topper was originally gold so I used the antique gold to touch it up.

Insider Tip

If you don’t want to use antique gold for distressing, you can use brown or dark green paint. Add a small amount of water to dilute the paint and rub on quickly. Remove excess with a dry paper towel.

Another option is to use a dark wax on the areas you want to distress. Dark wax can grab quickly so you may want to mix with a clear wax so that you can build up to the amount of distressing you desire.

How To Decorate With Thrift Store Vases

You can use your look-alike Magnolia vases in groups or alone. Because I used smaller vases, I decided to group them together for maximum impact. However, they would look great individually on a shelf or bookcase.

Magnolia Vase knock-off vignette on mantel with vintage candlestick and old green books

I removed the thrifted bottle and added a thrift store find leaf dish to create another vignette on the mantel.

Magnolia Vase knock-off vignette on mantel with vintage candlestick, thrifted leaf bowl and old green books

These magnolia vases would also look great used on the bathroom vanity.

add Magnolia Market Vases to brass tray on bathroom countertop with makeup brushes.
Thrift store lambs with napkin decoupage. in basket with grapevine topiary.



Video Thrift Store Vase Makeover

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Magnolia Market Inspired Thrift Store Vases Transformation with Napkins


Saturday 1st of June 2024

Congratulations, Rachel, I will feature your post at SSPS 313. See you Monday:


Saturday 1st of June 2024

Esme, Thank you!


Tuesday 28th of May 2024

What an awesome way to give thrifted vases new life, Rachel! I love, love, love how these came together and I can't wait to try this soon too. Every project you've created from this to the lambs to the lamps have been amazing. Big hugs and will share on Thursday, CoCo


Wednesday 29th of May 2024

CoCo, Thank you! Those napkins were a great find.


Monday 27th of May 2024

Oh wow, I am amazed at how awesome you have updated these plain vases. WOW WOW WOW I visited you via Sundays on Silverado. My entries are numbered #33+34. Please join and share this and other posts with us


Monday 27th of May 2024

Esme, Oh thank you for stopping by. I just added this and one other to your party.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 26th of May 2024

I'm loving what you've done here Rachel! I love green, and the pattern you chose is beautiful!


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Kim, I'm so glad you like them. Thank you.


Saturday 25th of May 2024

They are amazing!! Really beautiful


Saturday 25th of May 2024

Lee I'm so glad you like this idea. Thank you for your encouragement.