Saturday, October 8

Day 8 - Colored Glass Vases

A nice bright, colorful vase can make a big statement in your home. Today we're going to save some money by making our own! And a bonus is that we can make them any color we want to match our houses!

First, you'll need to collect some glass vases to color. Or, if you're like me, you can go the even cheaper route and use any used glass bottles instead of buying actual vases. :) (for this project I'll only be using the clear glass bottles, but I might try it with the green later just to see how it looks)

Once I picked out my bottles, I started by removing the labels. I soaked them in water to remove the paper, then used a little GooGone to get rid of the sticky. Then I poured a little paint inside the bottle (I just used house paint left over from other projects, but you could probably use whatever you have around)

Then I tipped the bottle to spread the paint all around.

Once the whole bottle was coated, I dumped the extra back in the paint can and left the bottle to dry. Yeah, it's that easy.

 I experimented with a few different paint colors I had on hand and ended up with these beauties.

I really like the shiny finish that came from putting the paint inside. I kind of makes them look like porcelain or ceramic.

 I think my favorites are the fun yellow and crisp, clean white.

 Project Cost Breakdown:
$0 - vases (I used left over food bottles)
$0 - paint (left overs from house painting)
Total: $0

And that's how I made some fun accents totally for free! Here are a few other example I found on pinterest, just in case you need a little more inspiration:

Have you ever found potential in empty bottles or food container? Any other ideas for cheap DIY vases?

NOTE: After some testing I can say these are NOT water safe as I did them. The paint bubbles and peels off when exposed to water. Just so you know. :)


  1. They look great! We have enough leftover paint around here for lots of vases, so this is a must-try. (Just a question: Have you found they will actually hold water for a few days w/o compromising the paint, or are these vases better suited for dried/silk flowers?)

  2. That's a good question! I am planning to do some testing with water, but haven't been able to get around to it yet. Sorry! I'll put some water in one tomorrow and let you know in a few days how it's going. :)

  3. I love this idea, Georgia! I was just looking at my sad, bare little mantle today, thinking, "I wonder what I could put up there?" I now have my solution :).

  4. Glad I could help. :)

    Rhetta, I just remembered I never put water in one! Sorry! I really will do it, as soon as I find my head! :)