crafty · el cheapo

cheap ‘n’ easy… pretty too!

I love using glass vases. They make whatever they’re holding look so classy. Unfortunately, sometimes glass is just too… transparent. Sometimes you don’t want to see all the little bits and pieces at the bottom. Right? Of course right!

So I took my square glass vase (leftover from my brother’s wedding) and turned it into this:

I think I’m in love. You can’t see what’s inside, but you can still see the form and thickness of the glass.

It’s super easy to do. Here are the steps:

1. Clean the vase and dry with a lint-free cloth.

2. wrap the outside in paper or plastic and tape carefully around the top edge. Anything not covered by tape, paper or plastic will get painted.

3. Spray paint the inside of the vase. Do it in many thin layers so that the paint doesn’t pool and run. You’ll have to spray a bit, wait for it to (mostly) dry, spray again, wait, spray, wait, etc. About five coats should get you the kind of coverage you see above, but feel free to keep on going if the vase will be sitting in front of a light source and you want completely even coverage.

4. Optional – if you plan to use the vase for flowers or anything that can scratch the paint, spray the inside with several coats of a clear topcoat.

5. Before the last coat is completely dry, carefully peel off the tape and outside wrapping.

Behold! A beautiful back-painted glass vase! If you have some spray paint lying around, this craft is pretty much free. Even if you have to hit the hardware store for spray paint and the dollar store for a vase, it should still come in under $10.

Happy crafting!

(oh, and if you’ve been bitten by the crafting bug, get inspired over at Craft Schooling Sunday hosted by Creative Jewish Mom.)

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