Transform any clear glass vase into a custom piece of home decor with some paint and a little imagination. Different painting techniques will provide you with different results for your finished glass vase.
Glass vases are readily available at big box stores and are very inexpensive. This is also a way to dress up the free glass vases that come with many floral arrangements.
Things You Will Need
- Glass paint (Folk Art Enamel or Martha Stewart Glass Paint)
- Paper towels
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paintbrushes or paint dabbers
- Paper plate
- Painter's tape (optional)
Prepare the Vase
Before you can paint the vase, it is important to take the time to prepare it to receive paint. Start by washing the vase, both inside and out, with hot soapy water.
Dry the vase thoroughly with paper towels. Next, use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the glass that is going to receive paint.
This rubbing alcohol step is important because it helps the glass paint adhere to the surface properly. Allow the vase to dry thoroughly before painting.
Painting the Inside
If you want your vase to be a single, solid color, paint the inside of the vase. The color will show through and you will get the shine of the outside of the [painted glass vase](http://wwwdesignimprovisedcom/2012/08/diy-night-painted-glass-vaseshtml).
- Pour some glass paint directly into the vase. Swirl the paint around the inside of the vase to start coating it. You may also use a paintbrush or your fingers to draw the paint up the sides of the vase. Continue this process until the entire inside of the vase is painted.
- If there is extra paint inside the vase, turn the vase over on a paper plate and allow the paint to drip out for a few minutes.
- If a second coat is required, allow the paint to dry completely before applying it.
Painting the Outside
- Decide upon a design. If you are opting for stripes, use painter's tape to mask off the areas you want left unpainted. If you are painting a design directly onto the glass, draw it first on a piece of paper and then tape the paper to the inside of the vase. You will be able to see the design through the glass and follow along.
- Use paint brushes or paint dabbers to complete your design. You may need to allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat for thicker coverage. Allow the paint to dry.
Paint dabbers make great polka dots. Dabbers are available in various sizes and are typically used for stenciling.
Allow Paint to Cure
When baking a vase, make sure to place the vase in a cold oven. Preheat the oven with the vase inside so the it warms up gradually. Allow the oven to fully cool down after turning it off before removing the vase. A quick, drastic change in temperature can cause glass to crack.