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Changeable “Frosted” Glass Vases

on February 16, 2013

This is one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in a while. Not only is it versatile, it’s inexpensive and easy: “Frosted” Glass Vases. By painting on this special mixture (below), you can achieve a lovely “frosted glass” effect – that you can change as needed. You are always ready for any occasion – and it’ll always match! 

pv1You’ll need:

  • A clear, glass Vase (or as many as you want to paint) – the cheaper the better and thrift store finds are great for this!
  • A Paint Brush – I used one that was appx. 1/2″ across. I think this was a good size.
  • Water-based Glue – I used the white school glue.
  • Acrylic Paints – the idea I originally saw used food coloring but I didn’t have any so used what I had on hand.
  • Small Container(s) – one per color.

1. Clean and dry the vase(s).

2. Mix about 1 tsp. of glue with paint — the amount of paint you use will be up to you. If you want it more “opaque” (see-through), use less paint (the glue will dry clear). If you want more of a solid color, use more paint (you probably won’t  need more than 1/2 tsp. per vase).


3. Dip your brush in the glue/paint mixture and, using long strokes, top to bottom, apply the mixture. You may need to go over some of the areas more than once but let each coat dry in between.


4. Let dry completely and that’s it. When you’re ready to change your color, simply wash it off with hot water and dish soap!



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