Learn how to paint a glass vase from the dollar store with what kind of paint to use and tips for painting floral patterns.
Do you ever see something in the store and think, “I can make that!” I do every time I see a painted glass vase or dish. And every now and then, I actually recreate a look for much less than its store-bought price.
How to Paint a Glass Vase
I decided to paint a floral vase for Fall and picked up an orange glass vase and warm paint colors like pink, yellow, and berry for an autumn-inspired DIY without being too “theme”. Inspiration also came from my friend Ariel’s painted faux floral wall art.
Today I’m sharing how to paint a glass vase from the Dollar Tree so that it looks like something you could have picked up from Anthropologie (but for much, much less…)!
How to Paint the Outside of a Glass Vase
What kind of paint can you use on glass?
- Acrylic craft paint is perfect for something like this. You can use a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.
- I’ve also painted a vase with nail polish and it has lasted forever!
- Enamel paint is long lasting but you would want to use it in a ventilated area and it can take a few days to completely cure.
What you need for this project:
- Repurpose a vase you already have or pick up one from your local Dollar Tree or store.
- Acrylic craft paint in pink, berry red, yellow, and green.
- Small paintbrushes, paper towels, water, and a scrap piece of paper.
- Velvet trim (optional)
How to paint a glass vase with acrylic paint.
- Start by creating a template on a scrap piece of paper. Paint a rose shape by using small curved strokes in light pink paint and fill in the gaps with berry red paint.
- Use one paint color at a time so you don’t have to keep washing your brush. Start with the light pink and paint your rose outlines all over the vase spacing them out as evenly as you can. But don’t overthink it!
- Fill them in with the berry red. If your paint is too thin make sure your brush is fairly dry. Use a little water on your brush and dab on a paper towel then dip into paint that’s too thick!
- Add leaves with green by using the flat part of the brush tip to create a leaf shape. Fill in some of the empty space around with yellow dots in groupings of three or just a single dot. This can help even out the rose pattern.
- Spray a coat of polyurethane or use a brush and craft bottle of polyurethane after the paint dries if you want extra protection.
- Tie a piece of velvet trim at the top of the vase. Try a little bow or just a tie.
- Dollar store vase
- Acrylic paint in pink, red, yellow, and green
- Velvet ribbon 12 inches long
- Paint brushes
- Paper towel
- Paper or plastic plate
- Use a template or draw a template for simple roses with pink and red paint.
- Start with pink and paint the rose outline all over the vase.
- Use the darker red paint to fill in the roses.
- Add two leaves to each rosette with green paint. Fill in the gaps with a single yellow dot or groupings of three.
- Spray a coat of polyurethane after the paint dries.
- Tie a piece of velvet ribbon at the top of the vase.
Create a grouping of painted small glass vases for a larger centerpiece.
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We have lots of herbs growing in our garden so I clipped some stems to put in the orange vase and it smells heavenly.
I’m thinking about doing something similar for all four seasons. Wouldn’t painted small glass vases be a nice little collection? The dollar store vases are so cheap you can easily to a grouping for a bigger centerpiece.
I love how this little glass vase looks in my daughter’s boho vintage bedroom. Isn’t it fabulous with the peachy wall?
And that makes the first Fall decor DIY in the books!! I hope you enjoyed this super-easy way to turn a Dollar Tree vase into a designer store inspired seasonal decor. Find 50+ other ideas for Fall seasonal and holiday decor on this page.
Talk to you soon,
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