I recently spotted a great project idea on Sugar and Charm for DIY Painted Glass Vases. It looked fairly simple, but more importantly inexpensive! So I decided to give it a try, and make a few vases for the table in our hallway.
I purchased four vases of various sizes and shapes from the dollar store, as recommended on Sugar and Charm. This was such a great deal (I never think to scout the dollar store for craft supplies)!
The original blog post suggested that you use enamel paint to paint the vases. I had a hard time finding enamels. I did a bit more research and found that others had used all-surface acrylics. So I went to Michaels and picked up a few Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paints, in a variety of colors to match my decor.
For this project I chose: Wedding Cake (White), Beetle Black, Pacific Iris (Bright Purple) and Hydrangea Purple (Lilac).
It is important to wash your vases first, with soap and water. Let them dry all the way before you begin painting.
I tried a few different methods for applying paint to the inside of the vases. The method I found to work best is to squeeze some paint into the bottom of the vase. If you are going to mix your colors, do this first in another container, then pour into the vase.
Use a paint brush to spread the paint from the bottom of the vase, up the sides. Continue until the inside of the vase is completely covered.
I noticed that some of the paints are more opaque than others. One vase required only one coat, while another required three. Wipe the rim of the vase once you are done painting, and allow it to dry for at least an hour before applying another coat. The bottle says to cure the glass for 21 days. These vases are for show only, so make sure you don’t put liquid in them and DEFINITELY don’t use them for food or beverages.
And there you have it. This project literally took a total of two hours and $12. For four beautiful vases.