Paintbrush Vase

Here’s a quick trick for making a one-of-a-kind vase using rubber bands and paintbrushes.

An ordinary jar that once held olives is wrapped in old paintbrushes to form a different kind of vase.


You'll need a lot of paintbrushes, a jar and some rubber bands. If you don't happen to have enough paintbrushes on hand – try your local dollar store – mine sells packages of 12 for under $2.00, or you can check online. Get a bag of rubber bands at Office Depot.

Stretch 3 or more rubber bands over jar and tuck paintbrushes in all the way around.


  1. Neel  May 7, 2010

    wow! What an amazing idea. I loved it. Thanx for sharing!

  2. Smart Furniture  July 13, 2010

    Have you considered used brushes with paint stains?

    • camilla  July 13, 2010

      Yes – believe it or not – the brushes I used for this are used – mostly with water color paints – so they’re not showing their wear. But, I agree – a bunch of big brushes with oil paint remains would look fantastic. Thanks!

  3. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  July 19, 2010

    Very pretty, and great idea for recycling the glass jar!

  4. Mike  May 5, 2012

    I love this! Great job, Camilla