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DIY Painted Glass Vase

DIY Painted Glass Vase

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Spoiler Alert: This is another awesome super fun nail polish craft!  My DIY Enameled Spoons tutorial was so popular, I decided to share this with you as well! This DIY painted glass vase is so easy to do, and such fun. I kind of like the slightly uneven lines, and decided not to measure the dots exactly to add to the hand-painted feel that is so charming.

DIY Painted Glass VaseYou MUST do this in a well ventilated area. You are covering relatively large areas with nail polish and the fumes can be overwhelming.

What you need: 

  • A cheap, simple glass vase – the simpler the better. I used a second hand vase I had lying around.
  • Painters or masking tape

DIY Painted Glass Vase

  • Nail polish of course! I usually try to use up polishes I don’t use on these projects. For example- the old and sticky ones, the cheap brands, or the colors I don’t really wear…

DIY Painted Glass Vase

  • Nail Polish remover and cotton swabs for cleaning up mistakes and edges..

DIY Painted Glass Vase

What to do: 

  • Apply tape so that it outlines the pattern you would like around the base. I chose a scalloped pattern to cover up all the previous things I tried to do with this vase. (Someday I will have to post bloopers…)

DIY Painted Glass Vase

  • Paint on nail polish. Again, MAKE SURE YOUR ROOM IS WELL VENTILATED! I didn’t. And I got a huge headache… Paint up to 3 layers, allow to dry completely, and remove tape.

DIY Painted Glass Vase


  • You can see below that my edge was not very pretty, despite the tape. The tape did ensure that the overlap was much thinner than the design, though. That made it real easy to clean up using a cotton swab and some nail polish remover.

DIY Painted Glass Vase

  • I painted three layers of dots in imperfect shapes and graduated sizes. I chose bright colors to contrast with the deep shine of the burgundy bottom.

DIY Painted Glass Vase

  • Because of the shape of my vase, I decided it would look best if I painted the top as well. You decide what will look best on yours. Block off the area again with painters tape and paint on up to 3 layers.

DIY Painted Glass Vase

What you end up with: 

The final result is a beautiful hand painted vase, with a slightly ethnic feel. Yours will depend on how you choose to decorate. If you want you can finish off with a clear top coat for durability.

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This makes a perfect hostess, housewarming or holiday gift. Give it with pride, or display it with even greater pride!

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Jennifer Rote

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

This is very pretty. Never thought of painting the vase. Might have my son decorate one for me soon.

Natalie Kane

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

This is too cute!!! I have a few nail polish colors that I bought and wound up not really liking on my nails (I seldom paint them, anyway), so this is a great use of them! Thanks for being your creative, crafty, beautiful self!


Monday 8th of September 2014

Wow this looks so fun! My roommate and I were just talking about having a craft day, AND we were talking about bringing more plants into the house. This is such a perfect project for both of those things-- and it's great that we actually have everything we need lying around. Thank you for posting these crafts! :)

Michael Knouse

Sunday 7th of September 2014

What a great idea and what a great site you have! I'm always amazed and inspired by the simple projects that turn out looking so great. This tutorial is off the charts helpful and I'm passing along your site to the people I know in the DIY community. Well done and keep up the great work.

Toiia L. Rukuni

Friday 5th of September 2014

I love this two things that I adore nail polish and vases!