We made this arabesque cardboard roll vase after having a lot of cardboard rolls left over from our Ramadan wreath. It’s a great way to recycle all that cardboard into a fun kid’s craft.
When we were making the wreath, my daughter was playing around with other designs and came up with some fun shapes. She made a comment that the design looked a little like the designs she saw in Morocco last year. I was so happy she recognized the arabesque shape and brought out the rolls again for her this weekend to play with them again.
She came up with this vase cover to liven up our glass flower vase we use in the kitchen. She used paints I received as my role as Plaid Ambassador that shift colors in the light.
I’m looking forward to giving her more cardboard rolls in the future to see what else she creates. This a great way to recycle all that cardboard and save it from a landfill. I enjoy allowing her free time to be creative while getting her problem solving skills (how high is the vase? how will the sides stay while the glue sticks?) juices flowing.
My daughter cut the cardboard rolls into stripes that were about half an inch wide. She painted them inside and out and left them outside to dry.
After the little pieces were dried, she glued four of them together in matching colors.
She then took the new shapes and glued them to other shapes.
She added more shapes until the design was the same height as the kitchen vase. She then started to glue the four sides to each other.
Pro tip: she said it was easier to glue two sides together first and to use washi tape or another type of tape that will not damage the paint. But only is a few spots as it’s hard to remove after it dries.
Once the sides had dried she slipped the glass vase inside the cardboard roll vase.
The great part is that I can set it out as decor, but when the flower need to be changed or the vase needs to be washed, I can just lift it right out. She said she can make more to match different holiday themes or room decor colors.
I am looking forward to walking into my kitchen tomorrow and seeing this beautiful decor on my table, handmade by my daughter to brighten up our home. If you also enjoy seeing more children’s creative around you, visit
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