How to Make an Easy Architectural Salvage Wall Vase
Looking for some pretty wall decor for spring? Check out how we made a beautiful wall vase using architectural salvage and vintage fabric!
You all know by now how much I LOVE architectural salvage. I think it is one of the best ways to add character and texture to any room! We often think of architectural salvage as big pieces, but I love the little pieces too. This architectural salvage wall vase is one of my favorite things to use in spring decor and so easy to make!
We made our first ones several years ago and I’ve loved using them. I got some “new” vintage fabric awhile back that I thought would be perfect for a wall vase, so we made a couple more for my early spring gallery wall.
You can take this idea and tweak it to a different kind of salvage or even a simple piece of new wood and paint or stain it to fit your decor style!
Let’s get started!
Materials for Your Wall Vase
Here’s what you need:
- Architectural salvage wood plinth (linking some online options HERE, HERE, and HERE)
- OR, use a piece of wood, approximately 11″ tall and 5 1/2″ wide; stain or paint to your preference!
- Fabric cut to approximately 5 1/2″ by 7″. Fabric with a little bit of stretch to it works the best. I used a piece of antique linen from a pillowcase that had ripped.
- Furniture nails
- Sawtooth hanger
- Utility knife (or scissors)
- Needle nose pliers
- My favorite faux tulips (I use these all over the house for spring and summer!)
Steps to Make DIY Wall Vase
Now that you have your materials, here are the 3 easy steps to create your DIY wall vase.
1. Prepare Your Fabric
Getting your fabric right is the first & most important step. While you could just cut the linen with scissors, we tearing the fabric gives a more natural look. Notch your starting point using a utility knife or scissors, and pull apart gently from there.
The end result fits the vintage wood piece perfectly!
2. Fasten the Pocket
Once the fabric is trimmed to size, use bronze furniture nails to attach it to the plinth.
We always start by nailing the corners, while pulling the fabric tight. This gives a nice template for filling in the remaining nails.
3. Attach Your Hanger
Once the pretty work is done, all that’s left is to add a hanger.
Tip: If you are doing multiple wall pockets, use a shim or scrap piece of wood as a template to keep your hanger at the same height.
Now, adding those little tiny nails in the hanger can be a challenge!
Tip: Use needle-nosed pliers to hold the nail in place. Saves time; saves your fingers!
That’s it! Now just add my favorite tulips (or whatever you prefer!) & hang on your wall. It’s small enough to fit anywhere, big enough for maximum impact and easy enough for anyone to do it!
This was such a fun DIY that we came up with several years ago. I love using mine and am glad we finally got the steps written up for you to make one too!
I love that you can change it seasonally, as well, by just switching out the flower or greenery stems. For a non-seasonal look, these real touch eucalyptus stems are my favorite!
I hope this inspires you to look around at what salvage pieces you can find or to have fun painting wood and put together your own wall vase to decorate with this spring! I used mine on my big gallery wall, but these are also the perfect size for a bathroom, hallway, or just a small wall somewhere that needs a little love!