DIY Painted Glass Vase

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DIY Painted Glass Vase | CreativeCainCabin.comI was on the search for some new vases…..actually vases in general, I don’t have many and I was wanting some to coordinate with my homes decor. After searching the internet and finding they run about $70 each for what I wanted I decided to come up with a way to make them myself. With one trip to the Dollar Store I had my plan of action and went home to get started. 

DIY Painted Glass Vases | Use Dollar Store Vases to Get the Look | CreativeCainCabin.comI rummaged through my paint stash to find the colors I needed. The only new color I picked up while shopping was the coral, it’s something new I’m incorporating into my color scheme. 

DIY Painted Glass Vases | Use Dollar Store Vases to Get the Look | CreativeCainCabin.comNow here’s how easy it is to create custom colored vases….just spray, let dry, and use.  I sprayed the paint on the outside of the vase, I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up if I did the inside once water was in the vase. I knew I could be gentle and wash them by hand if the paint was on the outside. Each vase took about 3 coats of paint to cover completely and get the look I was going for. 

DIY Painted Glass Vases | Use Dollar Store Vases to Get the Look |

FIY:  I used high gloss paint so the vases reflected light, and I also learned I like the Krylon brand over any of the others. I’ll have to remember that for future projects. I tend to grab the colors I like not always in the same brand.

DIY Painted Glass Vases | Use Dollar Store Vases to Get the Look | CreativeCainCabin.comBy the way if you decided to make some of your own they don’t have to be used for flowers. I think they’d look great in an office filled with colorful pencils and pens, or in a studio used for art brushes and watercolor pencils. I do recommend if you like them grouped together make sure you get several different sizes and shapes, they look better next to each other when they’re not all the same. 

DIY Painted Glass Vases | Use Dollar Store Vases to Get the Look | CreativeCainCabin.comI lucked out and got all the roses at our local grocery store for $4. Now where can you get 36 roses for $4? Just another reason to love small town living.

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  1. says

    These turned out amazing and how fun to have something new! I need to use spray paint more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Ann, for the price they turned out great and I’ve used them in several different ways.

  2. says

    You know I am all about the spray paint Dawn! I absolutely LOVE these vases and the colors are gorgeous. Great steal on the roses too!

    • says

      Debbie, I know the roses were an amazing price I couldn’t pass them up.

  3. says

    They turned out so well, they don’t actually look painted but look ceramic – AND THE ROSES, gorgeous and what a price!!!

    • says

      Barbara, thank you “) I think the high gloss paint is the trick. I tried with with a satin finish and it didn’t look good at all.

    • says

      Annette, I popped over and checked yours out. How does the paint hold up being on the inside if you fill it with water?

      • says

        Haven’t tried putting water in the vases I think I would have to put a protective coat inside. I only place artificial plants and flowers in them currently.

    • says

      Thanks Judy ๐Ÿ™‚ they look spring like now.

  4. Rondell says

    I have so many of those vases laying around I do have to try this, yours look wonderful and so do the roses!

    • says

      Thanks Rondell, it’s so easy and inexpensive to do and gives them a whole new look.

  5. says

    I am now giving myself a head slap for all of the glass vases I have taken to Goodwill. Guess I will be looking for some more. xo Laura

    • says

      Laura, that would be a great place to pick them up at again. Just think you could buy them back ๐Ÿ™

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says

    So pretty Dawn..I can get nice glass vases at thrift shops here for .25 – .50…

    • says

      Nancy that’s an even better price. Next time I will check there.

  7. says

    Hi Dawn,
    These are really cute and so pretty. Love the colors so spring like. So right these would be so cute on a desk with pencils etc.
    Great re love of these dollar store vases.

    • says

      Kris, I never shop at the Dollar Store but decided to give them a try, and so glad I did.

    • says

      Jane, I bet you can find several things to paint, you could make painted vases for your garden table.

  8. Kathleen G says

    Pretty colored vases and thank you for the advice of using Krylon spray paint in high gloss. I’ve used that brand and like the results too. Kathleen in Az

    • says

      Kathleen, I tried several brands and by far Krylon is the best coverage and gives it that high gloss shine I was looking for.

      • Lindsay says


        These look great, but I’m struggling to find Krylon spray paint in the UK – did you have a second best recommendation?

        Many thanks,

        • says

          Lindsay that is my favorite. I think you can use any brand it just may need more coats.

  9. says

    I love the happy colors you used. These vases had quite the upcycle! I have a couple of pitchers (decoration only) that I should give a little spritz of paint to. Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Yvonne, you should give them a coat of paint, it is amazing how different they look.

  10. says

    I love the colors and love how they shine so beautifully….Wow..cannot believe you bought all those roses for $4.00 !! Such a wonderful statement when you group those gorgeous colors together!

    • says

      Shirley, thanks for stopping in, and yes the flowers were quite a bargain. Im sure they were leftover from Valentines day but so far they are holding up beautifully and I couldn’t pass up that price.

  11. Beckie Lawrence says

    Can you tell us exactly what color each of those paints pictured is?

    • says

      Beckie, the colors are in order that you see the paint cans: Coral Isle, Apple Red, Blossom White, Warm Yellow, Blue Ocean Breeze ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Cheryl Major says

    What a nice and inexpensive way to add a pop of colour to any room. Thanks !!

    • says

      Cheryl, it also makes for a good way to recycle those ugly vases and regift them filled with flowers.

  13. says

    It’s a nice gift idea! I will make someone very happy with this!

  14. Tara Coppola says

    Love these! Your new coral color is stunning. One question: Whenever I spraypaint anything curvy, the spray paint seems to glop and drip. And tips for avoiding this??

    • says

      Tara stay 12 inches away and do several light coats. Don’t try and get coverage with the first application.

  15. Fmeier says

    I just tried this and the paint left all sorts of drips. I thought I applied it according to the instructions on the can. What can I do to avoid drippy runny marks?

    • says

      Make sure you stand at least 12-16 inches from the object and spray in very light coats. If you apply it to heavy you will get drips. Just take your time.

  16. Tara Anne says

    Hi Dawn! These are so beautiful and so well put together. One question, though. Every time I try to spray paint something round or tubular, like a garbage can or lamp, I get so many drips! I know you’re supposed to push the spray paint button lightly and numerous times. But any tips on when it starts dripping?? Thanks!

    • says

      Tara just stand back about 18 inches and spray in strokes from side to side and use a good quality spray paint.

  17. Tara Anne says

    Thanks so much, Dawn, I so look forward to trying this!

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