Twisted Paper Ribbon Vase DIY & Bonus Idea

Here are two creative home decor ideas to do when decorating your home for fall. They can be done by using up craft supplies you may have leftover from a previous DIY crafts and projects.

As I mentioned in a recent post, I am keeping my fall decor simple and natural this year. Fall is my favorite season so I still want to enjoy all the fall colors and textures in my house, but in a less cluttered way without the need for seasonal items that have to be stored once the season is over.

Pink hydrangeas on a kitchen counter
My kitchen counter short glass vase – 8-1/2″ tall and wide.

When I was thinking about a way to add some fall color to my kitchen, I wanted to add fresh flowers and brought out this short glass vase. I only have 16 inches of clearance between the counter and bottom of the cabinets so I was thrilled to find it. All of my other Fall Flower Vases are taller.

I found it at Target a few years ago now. I checked to see if it was still available, but no longer is. If you like this style vase, I did find this glass vase that is similar and 1-inch smaller in height and diameter than mine.

I love the vase but really wanted something a bit more rustic for the kitchen. I headed back to my decor and craft stash to look for something else and that is when I saw the leftover paper cord that I used to make over a two-tiered white table after being inspired by one I saw at Serena & Lily.

I brought the cord to my studioffice/craft room to come up a way to add a more rustic look to my glass vase.

craft paper twist cord on a vase on a kitchen counter.

I had just enough leftover of the twisted paper cord to wrap the bottom half of the vase to add a bit of fall color and texture to the vase.

I usually keep the wicker candle pedestal I made in my bedroom, but moved it to the kitchen to add more textural elements to the counter.

What is Twisted Paper?

How many of you remember a paper cord called Creative Twist that you could buy at the craft store? If you don’t, it was a craft product that was popular back in the 1980’s and 90’s. It is what the handles of most shopping bags are made of. It comes in many colors.

When the paper cord is untwisted it has a crinkled texture that looks perfect for fall decorations.

Instant Decorating book I wrote opened to the Paper Cord Lamp Base project.

The paper cord can be used just as is, like I did on my vase. But the other way to use it is by untwisting the cord into ribbon to then use to make bows and other crafty items. In my decorating book, Instant Decorating, I used a few colors of the twisted paper cord to cover a lamp base.

White kitchen with fall decor on counter

The paper twist cord is strong and easy to work with while maintains its shape. Paper twist is usually sold either by the hank or roll.

See the end of the post to see how to untwist and make a bow with the cord.

Where to Find Paper Twist Cord

Paper twist cord is still sold and comes in a variety of colors. I used it in the color, kraft paper brown for fall. Here are few places I have linked below on where to find it:

  • EBAY – You will find the original Creative Twist paper leftover from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when it was a popular craft store item.
  • ETSY – On Etsy you will find hanks, skeins and rolls in many colors and widths of the twisted paper.
  • AMAZON – Doesn’t have a lot of the paper cord, but you can find a few colors.
  • Here is a link to the PAPER RUSH CORD that I used. It is the same thing as paper twist cord.

No Damage to the Glass Vase

You may be asking, but won’t I damage my vase if I glue the cord onto the glass? Nope! When adding hot glue to a glass surface, the glue will not damage it as the glue sits on top of the glass since the surface is not porous.

fall flowers in paper cord wrapped vase

When you want to remove the cord to return your vase to its original state, simply pull the top most cord off and unwind. Then soak the vase in water to remove any residual glue that may still be on the glass.

How to Wrap a Vase With Paper Twist

supplies needed:

  • Paper twist ribbon or paper rush cord in desired color
  • Hot glue and gluegun
  • Scissors
  • Craft/utility knife

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Wrap a Glass Vase Vase With Twisted Paper Cord

  1. Clean Glass

    Clean glass vase well and let dry. Lay vase on its side and apply a 1-inch line of hot glue on the bottom edge. Place end of paper cord over hot glue and press it into the glue with your finger.

    glass vase on its side with a a line of hot glue on the bottom edge

  2. Begin Wrapping Cord

    Once glue has cooled, start wrapping the cord along the bottom edge of the vase. As you wrap, place a short line of glue on the glass above the last wrapped layer and press the cord into it. Use your fingers to press the wrapped cord down along the side of the vase to lessen any gaps as you add new layers of cord.

    I placed a dab of glue to secure the cord about every 10-12 inches.

    Helpful Tip:

    If your vase is large, after wrapping the cord around the vase, you may notice the cord may untwist a little bit. If it happens, simply twist the cord back to being tight and continue wrapping and adding a line of glue to the glass to secure the cord every few layers of cord.

    paper cord being wrapping and glued onto a glass vase on worktable

  3. How to End Wrapped Cord on Vase

    When you reach the height on the vase that you want to cover, bring the cord to the back of the vase and cut it on an angle with scissors. Place a dab of hot glue under this and press down with your fingers. Let glue cool.

    paper cord wrapped around glass vase

  4. Remove Any Excess Glue

    As you wrapped the cord, glue may have been exposed. Use the tip of a craft knife to score it against the edge of the cord and peel off to remove it.

    paper cord wrapped around glass vase glue getting cut off

  5. All Done

    fall flowers in paper cord wrapped vase

How to Use the Paper Cord to Make Ribbon Bows

You can use the paper cord to make a rustic paper bow to decorate a wreath, to tie onto gift baskets or to embellish wrapped gifts.

use a thumb to help untwist paper cord to turn it into ribbon
  1. Start by untwisting one end of the cord. Next place the tip of your thumb into the twist and move it forward while holding the other end taut in your other hand. Doing this will make the untwisting process go faster.
untwisted paper cord on table

2. Once it is untwisted, use your fingers to spread the cord out to flatten into paper ribbon.

paper ribbon bow

Then tie the length of the paper ribbon into a bow. If you don’t know how to make a ribbon bow, here are 3 Ways to Make a Ribbon Bow that will help.

If you are my age, then using the twisty paper to decorate your home will be a trip down memory lane. Sometimes the old stuff is fun to use again when decorating your home.

Who knows – younger DIY’ers may think it is really cool and new since they may have never seen paper twist cord used before. There is even a Pinterest page filled with ideas on how to use it. Have you ever used the the product before or any twisted paper ribbons when doing paper crafts or decorating?

More Crafty DIY Decorating Ideas:

Twisted paper ribbon wrapped glass vase filled with fall flowers on kitchen counter

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  1. I love the paper cord and had forgotten all about it. A friend gave me a basket made with it on a wooden frame back in the 70s. It was like a large tray. Had it for many years. I think the bows look like corn husks. Thanks for the memory.

  2. Dianne Whitehead says:

    Thank you for including the information on where we can buy the cording. It is so helpful! Love your site and all the lovely things you make.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you so much Dianne. :-)

  3. Hi Diane, I love paper twist! Thirty years ago when I dressed my little girl as a scarecrow for Halloween, I used paper twist to create “straw” accessories for her hat, shirt and pants. I also loved what you did with the table. Thanks for the inspirations!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Bettsi – How cute your daughter must have looked. :-) Best costume award winner I am sure! The paper twist is quite a versatile product.

  4. That turned out so nice. I never used paper twisty cord for anything. I like the texture it added to your vase. A custom fall look that will work thru Thanksgiving. I might have to order some of that!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Deanna – The paper twist can be used in so many different ways. I like using it in the fall as the crinkled texture just looks so right for the season.

  5. Love the flower arrangement, the colors compliment the Kraft paper so nicely sings sweetly Fall is in the air! Hello Fall💜💜💜💜!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you Sophie – I am trying to celebrate the first day of fall by sitting on my deck this morning enjoying the breeze while it lasts. Temps to go to 97 today. :-(. I hope you have a wonderful fall day!

  6. Mary Ann Howat says:

    Your vase could be done with jute string, winding it around. There are also corrugated cardboard d and raffia.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary Ann – Yes to to all those items that could be used to change the look of a vase, especially if you have them on hand. :-)

  7. I love this idea, Diane! Perfect for a natural fall look.

  8. Wow – that looks great! I really like that vase both ways. Can the roping be taken off later if/when you want to use the vase as just clear glass?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Elle – Yes the cord can be easily removed. Since glass is non porous and slick, the hot glue will come off easy with no damage to the glass. I mentioned it in the post along with how to remove it.

  9. Nice Fall touch and simple!! Think I’ll try it out ….thank you for the idea 🍂

  10. Really neat idea! I made a very similar vase ($1 at Dollar Tree) and some rope from the Dollar Tree. I have used it for flowers but usually add some small pebbles and sand and place a white pillar candle inside. I use white candles but a colored candle work too.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laura – Thanks for sharing your idea. Gotta love the Dollar Tree for all the great items you can find in the store on the cheap. Your vase sounds very pretty and versatile.