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DIY Easy to paint glass vases - Painted Glass Vases

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Handmade painted vases are easy to make and can made in a variety of colors to match any décor. The simple photo tutorial below (scroll down to the bottom of this page) will walk you through the step-by-step instructions on how to create these unique vases.

The materials you will need in order to make these unique vases are:

Glasses Vases – I purchased mine at the dollar store but you can also find inexpensive vases at garage sales and on eBay and in bulk on Amazon.

Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice.

Paint brush sponges, paint brushes, and a plastic syringe or plastic applicator to hold your paint or use a funnel.

Work area, paper towels, plastic or canvas tarp to prevent spills.

Clean and dry your vases thoroughly to prevent any dust or other materials from getting on the paint. Once they are dry be sure that all stickers are removed from the vase.

Prepare your work area for painting to prevent spills use a plastic table cloth or canvas cloth that can get paint on it. Set out the vases, paint, plastic applicators, and sponges or paint brushes.

Decide if you want to do a one color vase or use two colors on your vase before adding any paint colors. If you prefer to start out with an experimental vase before proceeding be sure to use a vase you don’t care about making mistakes on.

To paint a two color vase add the first color to the bottom using a plastic applicator or use a funnel and work the paint around in the vase around to make sure that the paint covers the entire inside bottom of the paint. Add the second color using a sponge paint brush or regular paint brush around the top half of the vase. The colors may run together when using two colors so it could the vase will be a surprise when it dries.

Tip for painting with acrylic paints – if the paint is not runny enough to move around inside the vase mix a little bit of water inside the vase with the paint but not too much just enough for the paint to move around.

Painting a one color vase is much easier, choose a color and add it to the bottom of the vase using an applicator or just pouring the paint in the vase. Next, swirl the paint around inside the vase until your vase is completely covered. Make sure there are not missing spots on the vase. Touch up the top with a brush or paint sponge.

Finishing up – turn your vase upside down on a safe area such as a bucket or a vinyl or cloth to remove the extra paint (make sure it doesn’t leak through to your workspace) this will allow your vase to dry properly. If you have created a two color vase the colors may run together as you allow them to dry so make sure to check on them as they dry out to prevent runs. Wipe any excess paint off the outside of your vase.

You can do this to as many vases as you like in a variety of colors.

Clean up your work area and display your new creations or give them as gifts for Mother’s Day, holidays, birthdays and more! Be sure to scroll down for the photo tutorial below……

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Glass Vases
Glass Vases Annette

Glass Vases

First find or purchase glass vases at the dollar store, at garage sales or online.  You can easily find inexpensive glass vases on eBay or Amazon in bulk and make a bunch of these crafts all at one time!

Wash your vase out with soapy water and dry carefully before using. After drying add a small amount of rubbing alcohol and swish it around inside the vase. Turn the vase upside down and let it dry completely.  This step assures that the paint will adhere to the vase. 

Supplies Needed
Supplies Needed Annette

Supplies Needed

Be sure to have a work area prepared for painting.  Materials needed are glass vase, paint brushes, sponge brush, plastic applicator or funnel and paper towels for cleaning up.  

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Paints and Supplies
Paints and Supplies Annette

Paints and Supplies

Choose the color of paints and decide what color you want to make your first vase in. If this is your first time you may want to choose to do a one color vase first before trying out a two color vase.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Add the Paint to Your Vase
Add the Paint to Your Vase Annette

Add the Paint to Your Vase

Begin by squeezing a substantial amount of paint inside of the bottom of the vase or use your plastic applicator or funnel to add the paint. Swirl it around or use your brush to spread it up the sides. If you are making a two color vase just spread the paint on the bottom area of the vase where you want the color and make sure the vase is completely covered and there are no bare spots. 

Sometimes a vase may require a second coat when it is dry.  Wait at least 24 hours before applying a second coat.

 

Made in the USA
Made in the USA Annette

Made in the USA

Just wanted to show my discovery at the dollar store - I actually purchased a vase made in the USA at the Dollar Tree store !!  Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Swirling the Paint
Swirling the Paint Annette

Swirling the Paint

You can paint multiple vases in a variety of colors.  This vase was painted with white paint on the bottom and using light green on the top to make a unique effect.  Sometimes you may need to mix a bit of water to the paint if you wish to swirl it on the inside of the glass instead of using a brush.

Painting the Inside of the Vase
Painting the Inside of the Vase Annette

Painting the Inside of the Vase

Touch up the vase top with a paint brush or sponge and create the color effect you desire.  Be sure to wipe any access paint off of the outside of the vase when completing your project.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Paint Colors
Paint Colors Annette

Paint Colors

There are a variety of paint colors to choose from in the stores.  I also used one of our interior paint samples that we had lying around in our house to paint an inside of a vase.  If you have any small paint samples lying around these paints work well for crafts also.

Pouring Paint
Pouring Paint Annette

Pouring Paint

Some paints can be thicker than others if the paint is thick you either have to spread it on with a brush or add some water to mix with the paint if you want to swirl it around in the vase. 

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Swirling the Paint
Swirling the Paint Annette

Swirling the Paint

Make sure to cover the entire inside of the vase. You don't want to see clear spots on the inside of your vase once it dries.  If this happens you may need to go back and do a second coat after it dries.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

A Second Color
A Second Color Annette

A Second Color

Adding a second color to your vase can give it a unique effect although it may mix it with the first color so be sure to use colors that compliment one another such as white with another color.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Painted Vase 2 colors
Painted Vase 2 colors Annette

Painted Vase 2 colors

Once completed the vase will need to dry.  This can be done by letting it dry upside down on a paper towel on a safe surface.  The picture shows the completed 2 color vase that was painted.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Touch Up
Touch Up Annette

Touch Up

You vase may require some touch up before it dries or once completed. Make sure to wipe off any additional paint on the outside rim or any drips or fingerprints.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Colorful Painted Vase
Colorful Painted Vase Annette

Colorful Painted Vase

Your finished project can be used to decorate your home.  Add some silk flowers or give it as a gift.  These are also great ideas for decorating a bridal shower or baby shower theme.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

One Color Painted Vase
One Color Painted Vase Annette

One Color Painted Vase

The purple vase was created by using one color and some leftover paint samples that were not used when selecting home interior colors for paint.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Pouring the Paint
Pouring the Paint Annette

Pouring the Paint

Begin by pouring enough paint into your vase so that is can spread around. You can always dump the addition paint into a plastic cup or old bucket.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Step to paint the inside of the vase
Step to paint the inside of the vase Annette

Step to paint the inside of the vase

Roll or swirl the paint around the inside of your vase.  Use a paint brush or sponge for additional coverage.  Make sure that all areas are completely covered and no spots are showing through.  

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Painting a Vase
Painting a Vase Annette

Painting a Vase

The paint used in this photo was thin enough to swirl around the vase to cover it completely.  The top of the vase was completed using a brush or sponge.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Touch up on Painted Vase
Touch up on Painted Vase Annette

Touch up on Painted Vase

Touch up or finish painting your glass vase using a paint brush or paint sponge.  I found that the paint sponge made better coverage on my vase and was easy to use.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Turn Vase Upside Down
Turn Vase Upside Down Annette

Turn Vase Upside Down

Turn your vase upside down on a paper towel to remove excess paint.  Be sure to move the vase off the towel after 15 minutes so it does not stick to the towel.  Be sure that you are using a surface that the paint will not run on to in case there is a lot of excess paint inside your vase.

Completed Vase
Completed Vase Annette

Completed Vase

Once you vase is completed display it proudly or give it as a gift to someone.  Be sure to make sure you do not require a second coat and there are no runs or drips on the vase.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Drying Glass Vases
Drying Glass Vases Annette

Drying Glass Vases

The last step is to turn the glass vases upside down on a paper towel or safe surface (a bucket works also) in order to drain out the excess paint.  Allow to dry at least 24 hours before touch ups or adding a second coat.  Be sure to clean off any access paint off of the outside of the vase and move the vases once in a while to make sure they do not stick to anything.  

If using two colors of paint the paint may run together when it is tipped upside down for drying.

 

Steps to Vase Painting
Steps to Vase Painting Annette

Steps to Vase Painting

Painting a glass vase is fun and easy to do and you can get some great results. This makes a great project if you are trying to match a color in your home or need vases for a party or gift idea.

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Vases
Vases Annette

Vases

Another photo of the completed painted vases.  This is an inexpensive craft idea and does not require a lot of time although it can get a little messy if you are not careful with the paint!

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

Photo Tutorial Painted Vases
Photo Tutorial Painted Vases Annette

Photo Tutorial Painted Vases

A few of the steps taken as I was painted the vases for this article. The colors turned out well and remind me of spring and summer. These vases were a great craft project and make wonderful gifts for moms!

Glass Vases make a beautiful gift idea for moms, grandmas and birthdays!

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