Test Tube Vase: Unusual-looking Piece of Home Decor and It Can Make a Nice Handmade Gift

A test tube vase is exactly what it sounds like: a vase that uses a test tube to contain a flower or a plant. It is also one of those DIY projects that can be beautifully simple or marvelously complex, depending on your maker skill level. There are so many, many different ways you can make one of these!

Today, I’ll walk you through the steps of how I made my first test tube vase. It is a DIY project that you can realistically complete over a weekend if you have all the tools and materials at your disposal on a Friday evening. It is a modern, unusual-looking piece of home decor and it can make a nice handmade gift.

Here’s a list of things you’ll need to make one like mine:

Solid wood: I used a panel of 20mm basswood, also known as tilia or linden, but you can use pretty much any kind of solid wood. If you choose to copy my design, I’d suggest picking something that has a pretty end grain pattern.

A test tube: Duh. I found mine at home and I don’t know where it came from. It was 25mm wide and 180mm tall. You can get test tubes of various sizes on eBay, Amazon, or AliExpress. You can also check a local WalMart, ask at a pharmacy, or get an IKEA RIMFORSA set. In any case, be sure to pick a tube wide enough to fit the kind of flowers you intend on putting in it.

Something to give weight to the base: I used large metal nuts, but you can use anything that is heavy and smaller than the base of your vase. This will make sense later.

Tools and misc. materials:

  • A table saw or a hand saw. Having a bandsaw is nice but not necessary
  • A router or a Dremel-like rotary tool. A good chisel may also work
  • Drill and a bit of the width of your test tube. I used a 25mm spade bit
  • Clamps
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray lacquer or any other wood finish you like
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