There’s no better way to turn a house into a home than by making your own decorations. Functional and decorative, vases offer virtually endless potential for creative and personal artworks to be proud of.
3D printing is no less an artist’s tool than a paint brush or a chisel. While sculpting and pottery are some of the oldest art forms around, that doesn’t mean newer technologies don’t fit into the creative process.
And so, 3D printed vases are a popular choice for homemade décor because you can make whimsical shapes and awesome designs that would take substantial skill to accomplish with traditional methods.
3D Printing a Vase: Before You Begin
While ceramic resin may be the best way to get that old-school vibe with your newly printed 3D vase, the evolution of art does mean vases no longer need to look like they were made on a pottery wheel. In fact, you can use just about anything to create a variety of styles to suit your home.
The easiest way to 3D print a vase is with an FDM printer. Read our buyer’s guide here
Ceramic printing is more difficult, but you can read our guide to ceramic 3D printing here
Modern looks, minimalism, and just about any aesthetic style will suit any home. For plants and flowers, or just as a decorative item, we’re going to look at some of the coolest designs for 3D vases we could find.
Just note that some of these designs are bottomless. If you’re 3D printing vases for storage or plants, you’ll need to make sure you modify these vase templates to be suitable. Due to their simple shapes, scaling these templates is super simple. Just drag the file into your slicer, and manipulate it as you need! Just be sure the dimensions suit your needs before you go ahead and print.
Every one of the designs featured here are free, so get out there and give them a go!
3D Printed Spiral Vases – Give ‘em a Whirl!
Beginning with my personal favorite, 3D printed spiral vases are some of the coolest looking 3D vase types you can make.
Available in a variety of styles from simple to downright trippy, spiral vases are popular not only for their unique looks, but also as flower pots as they can be made to resemble natural forms of many plants. While most of these look their best when printed or painted with more than one color, monochromatic 3D printed spiral vases still fit in well with a more minimalist décor.
For a simple spiral vase to 3D print, you can see that this design uses a simple, twirling structure perfect for fitting a single flower like a rose. If you’re a little more adventurous, then you can combine it with this 3D printed LED base for a light-up 3D vase that acts as both fun decoration and some nice dim lightening for those quiet movie nights.
Keep in mind that there are separate files for the flow vase depending on your materials and hardware, so be sure to make it easy on yourself and your 3D printer by reading the instructions included in the link above.
If you want more of an artificial flower look, there’s also this torpedo vase that looks just like a tulip in pre-bloom, or this unfolding flower vase that you can also light up to bring the feeling of a fresh spring to your home all year round.
My absolute favorite, however, is this Facet Spiral Vase because of its top-heavy design making it look like it’s growing right out of the mantle. This design comes from free designer Clockspring, who has some other 3D printed vase designs included in the link above.
3D Printed Greek Vase – The New Old
Modern technology isn’t limited to making modern designs. This 3D printed Greek vase looks like something right out of a museum.
Using matte PLAs in black and gold, this experimental design is a lot less complicated than it seems. Though it’s not quite as simple as letting your printer get to work. In order to get that chic look, you will need to pause the printing process to change the filaments to get the right colors in the right places.
If you want, you can also paint this vase in any way you like once it’s completed. Just keep in mind that you will need to scale up the dimensions of the vase’s STL files to get the right size you want, as the default may prove smaller than you’d think.
While the Greek vase above is my favorite of Eleni’s designs, the first rendition, found here, is a more minimalist and easier to print model. While the size is what’s important, you will need rainbow filament to mimic the impressive yet subtle colors right out of the printer.
While simpler, the sunset look of the Greek vase pictured below is too pretty to pass up.
Wilko V’s 3D Printed Vase Collections – An Even 20
Creativity is always the name of the game when it comes to 3D prints for art and decoration, and 3D designer Wilko V knocked it out of the park with some impressive vase 3D prints.
With over 20 3D vase templates to choose from, many of which are in some whimsical and eye-catching shapes, as well as some planters for those of you who want to add function to these forms.
Speaking of, Wilko does suggest using any of their designs as pencil holders, flower pots, or just about anything else you like. Though they are attractive and very cool centerpieces, mantle decorations, or desk ornaments.
Heck, you can even turn one of these beauties into a uniquely styled wastebasket if you so choose.
The selection ranges from cylinders, donuts, cubes, and many other shapes to go along with whatever theme or décor you’re going for. Each one of them is well worth a look and they’re all completely free of charge to download, print, and display today.
3D Printed Tendril Vase – Tentacles for Days
Who said vases can’t be Lovecraftian? No one, I assume. Still, this tendril vase is a 3D printable piece of Eldritch memorabilia to go right in your living room.
Another design by Clockspring, the tendril vase is perfect for keeping long plants like cacti, but also works well for storing DND dice or other game pieces.
Open to customization, this 3D printed vase can be painted creatively to resemble a plant or a horror from the deep, depending on your tastes and purposes.
If tendrils aren’t your thing, then you can also check out this gothic goblet 3D printed vase, its mesh design is perfect for either decoration or storage, and its shape is easily noticeable and is sure to stand out amongst your other decorations. Just don’t try to drink from it.
The Apex 3D Vase – Elegance Made Simple
Designed as part of a competition, the apex 3D vase is something of a callback to spiral vases with a shallow bend. Representative of rolling hills, this simple design somehow manages to be both minimalist and outstanding at the same time.
The twisting shape fits well into any modern décor setting. Scaling this vase template before printing will allow you to make different sizes, and printing more than one in these sizes makes for a perfect nesting doll look that I personally love, especially as mantlepiece decorations.
With enough attention to detail, you can paint this 3D vase however you like. The patterns on the side might make precise painting more difficult, but a deft hand could turn this simple structure into a real masterpiece.
Or, if you prefer just one or two colors, you can print this 3D vase in whichever color you like and then airbrush the rest.
Faceted Decorative Vase – Sleek and Slender
While one of the simplest on the list, the elegance of this 3D printed vase comes from its surface, which uses a repeating kite earring shape for a chic-looking vase that should get your attention without distracting the eye too much.
I prefer this design when printed in darker colors, though the light-ish blue pictured here does add a shine to the surface that is pleasing to the eye. The standard shape within the files is fairly small, so you may want to alter the size before printing depending on your plan.
Just keep in mind that this faceted design is decorative only, as it isn’t watertight. While this makes it perfect for fake plants, you won’t be able to keep anything living in there.
While it can go anywhere, I find that the faceted 3D vase is perfect if your nightstand is looking a little bare, or if your bookshelf needs a little more of a personal touch.