How to Paint a Thrifted Glass Flower Vase

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Are you ready to start decorating for fall yet, despite the heat? I’m going to show you how to paint a thrifted glass flower vase to makeover a boring, clear vase. I used fall paint colors so I could use the vase as part of my fall home decorations.

I have many different kinds of thrift store glass on hand, so I chose a clear glass flower vase to make a small flower arrangement for fall. It’s a very simple painted design ~ dots ~ I love me some polka dots! Follow along to see my painting steps.

HOW TO PAINT A THRIFTED GLASS FLOWER VASE

how to paint a thrifted glass flower vase complete with flowers

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • glass vase
  • craft paint
  • dot tool ~ I used the end of an artist brush
  • oven
  • flowers
  • paper towels
supplies needed for painting a thrifted glass flower vase

SUPPLIES YOU MAY NEED:

thrifted glass flower vase to be painted

My Goodwill vase was 50 cents. I’m a big spender!

I purchased my flowers from Walmart and they were very inexpensive. I chose a burnt orange rose stem, a cream chrysanthemum floral bush, and a dog tail stem.

flower supplies for filling the painted glass vase

HOW TO PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE VASE

I used Apple Barrel in Nutmeg Brown to paint the inside of the vase. Pour the paint inside and slowly turn the vase at all angles to let the paint swirl and flow to completely cover the glass.

If you are using a bud vase, like I did, don’t flood the vase with paint. You can add paint in stages so you don’t have an excess amount of paint left over. The picture below shows how the paint will look when you are done.

TIP: Carefully wipe any excess paint from the top of vase with a wet paper towel to create a crisp paint line.

painted first step for glass vase

HOW TO START PAINTING THE DOTS

My vase had beveled sections that I used to determine where I would paint my dots. I chose three fall colors of paint from Apple Barrel: Leaf Green, Harvest Orange, and Kings Gold.

Your style of vase may vary, so you’ll need to decide how to section off your vase and how many colors you want to use. Choose odd numbers, like I chose to use three colors.

partially painted dots on glass vase

The photo above shows the first section painted with dots. I used the end of an artist brush to make my dots. I leaned the vase slightly away from me to make my dots.

TIP: Occasionally, wipe the excess paint off the end of your dotter and start fresh. I find that this keeps my dots more uniform as I go along.

IMPORTANT STEP:

You must bake your glass vase to prevent your paint from peeling and scratching off of the glass.

  • Place your vase on the bottom shelf of a cool oven
  • Set the temperature to 325 degrees
  • Set the timer for 30 minutes
  • Leave the vase in the oven until the oven is cool

COMPLETED THRIFTED GLASS FLOWER VASE

how to paint a thrifted glass flower vase project completed

I hope you got some inspiration for painting your own thrifted vase. Have fun thrift shopping for the perfect glass to paint!

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18 thoughts on “How to Paint a Thrifted Glass Flower Vase”

  1. I tried taking a shortcut and not bake it, but after I lost two dots and scratched the inside inserting my flowers LOL, I had to repair and bake. Alas, baking remains an important step!

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