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How to Paint a Floral Pattern on Glass Vase with Acrylic Paint


Learn how to paint a floral pattern on a dollar tree glass vase with acrylic paint to create seasonal or everyday decor on a budget!

Do you ever see something in the store and think, “I can make that!”? I love seeing painted floral patterns and designs on glass vases in stores and often want to try something similar at home.

You might wonder “Can you paint glass vases?” or “What kind of paint do you use for glass?”

Painting glass with acrylic paint is something you can do and it’s a great way to repurpose an outdated vase or spruce up a dollar-store vase!

Painting a Glass Vase with Acrylic Paint

I decided to paint a floral vase for Fall and picked up a small round orange glass vase from the dollar tree and selected warm paint colors like pink, yellow, and berry for an autumn-inspired DIY without being too “themey”. Inspiration also came from my friend Ariel’s painted faux floral wall art.

Hand painted roses on orange glass dollar store vase with herbs and a fern with painting supplies.
How to Paint a Glass Vase

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years.

I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges!

Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

An orange round glass dollar tree vase is on a white table with paint and brushes.  Little pink roses are painted on the glass vase.
DIY Floral Painted Dollar Store Vase

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.
A small glass  orange vase, acrylic paint, and ribbon are on a white table.
Warm Paint Colors for Fall

What you need for painting glass with acrylic paint:

  1. Repurpose a vase you already have or pick up one from your local Dollar Tree or Dollar store
  2. Acrylic craft paint in pink, berry red, yellow, and green
  3. Small paintbrushes, paper towels, water, and a scrap piece of paper
  4. Velvet trim (optional)
Is acrylic paint washable? Yes, acrylic paint is washable. Since it is water-based, it is particularly easy to remove, especially while the paint is still wet. For cleaning, simply use warm water with soap. In cases where the paint has dried or is old, rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, wet wipes, or, as a last resort, very fine grit sandpaper can effectively remove it.

How to paint a glass vase in 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.
A beautiful Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store glass orange Vase with acrylic paint.  A few pieces of sage are in the small vase with velvet ribbon tied around the top.  A fern in a light pink planter is behind it.
How to Paint a Glass Vase with Acrylic Paint
Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store Vase 8

How to Paint a Glass Vase for Fall

Yield: A Floral Vase
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Find out how to paint a floral pattern on a dollar tree glass vase with acrylic paint to create a designer-inspired decor on a budget!


  • Dollar store vase
  • Acrylic paint in pink, red, yellow, and green
  • Velvet ribbon 12 inches long


  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Paper or plastic plate
  • Water


  1. Use a template or draw a template for simple roses with pink and red paint.Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store Vase 3
  2. Start with pink and paint the rose outline all over the vase.Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store Vase 2
  3. Use the darker red paint to fill in the roses.Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store Vase 5
  4. Add two leaves to each rosette with green paint. Fill in the gaps with a single yellow dot or groupings of three. how to paint glass vase with roses
  5. Spray a coat of polyurethane after the paint dries.Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store glass Vase 7
  6. Tie a piece of velvet ribbon at the top of the vase. Hand Painted Floral Dollar Store Vase 10


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.

A cute acrylic painted floral dollar store vase idea is on a white shelf with glass cacti, art, and bird wallpaper and pink paint on the wall.
DIY Floral Painted Glass Vase

I’m thinking about doing something similar for all four seasons. Wouldn’t a group of painted small glass vases be a nice little collection? The dollar store vases are so cheap you can easily arrange them together for a bigger centerpiece.

A peach wall with mint green bird wallpaper is behind a white shelf with a diy dollar store glass vase painted with roses and glass cacti decorations nearby in a girl's bedroom.
Peach and Green Girl’s Room

I love how this little glass vase looks in my daughter’s boho vintage bedroom. Isn’t it fabulous with the peachy wall?

A cute vignette in a girls room showing a DIY floral painted small orange dollar tree vase with two glass cacti in front of bird wallpaper.
Floral Vase and Glass Cacti

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,

How to paint a glass vase with roses for a Fall decor piece.

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