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How to paint glass vases

So, I am still cruising the good ole internet looking for cool wedding ideas that I can make.  As I was looking at building a fake mantel, I kept seeing all of this pretty colored glass.  So, I set off to see if I could make some of my own!

I just went under my sink and grabbed some of the vases I’ve received with flowers in them.  I also store them away and until didn’t really do much with them.

There are some beautiful blue ones here.  And a whole bunch more at paperclipsandplaypens.com.

So, I had my inspiration and decided to test some theories out.  I pulled out glass paints, craft paints, acrylics and house paint.

One: glass paints (at least mine) don’t run as easily–which in this case is a bad thing!  You have to paint them on.

Two: whether you use a foam brush or a regular craft paint brush–it leaves streaks.

Three: Just putting in the paint and rolling it around until all the bare spots are covered gives the prettiest finish.

Four: If you want to just let the paint run & cover the insides of the vase–it is going to take a LOT (and I mean a lot) more paint than you think.  When they say add the paint a little at a time–don’t be really literal with that.  It’s gonna take some paint!

Five: cheap craft paints seem to work the best.  And it took about 1 small bottle (or more!) for each vase.

Pink Craft paint and silver glass paint.

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2 or more colors randomly squirted into the vase and then rolled around to cover.  Kinda cool.

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Blues and greens

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All purple, all the time.

DSC00408And all of them together.  Pretty sure the pink & silver is my favorite right now–and also the last 2 I made so I got better as I went.

I plan on doing more of these! 🙂

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