Stained Glass Vase

I know you’ve all seen these BORING plain glass vases at thrift stores.  I found this one for .80 at a thrift store near my house…. what a great deal…. right?!  

Well, I decided it needed a little color.  With Spring here I’m feeling like everything in my house is just drab… so I’m working on finding inventive ways to add pops of color.  This way is just sooooooo super easy and ridiculously CHEAP!

So I know you’re wondering what the heck I just poured in that vase?!
Simple, I poured a whole bunch of Modge Podge (or white glue mixed with a little water…. yep- that’s what Modge Podge is made of!) and several drops of food coloring.

WHAT!  Food coloring?  Yep, good old fashioned food coloring!  But, it has to be the liquid food coloring not this new gel stuff.  I chose blue and added about 7-8 drops.  The more drops you add the deeper your color gets.

Then add a couple of droplets of water so you can easily swirl around the mixture and evenly coat the whole vase on the inside.  Just shake shake shake!

Now, let you’re vase dry for several hours.  I revisited it every hour or so and just shaked things up again to keep recoating the inside.  Like the rim of the vase? I just let the mixture run up to the rim but I didn’t worry about making it coat all of the glass which gave it a nice decorative touch.

Then, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some white vinyl and attached it to the outside of the vase.
I decided to do our last name and large initial.  The key to this look is to make the initial 5 times the size of the last name and to use 2 distinctly different fonts.

Yes, you see that correctly- my last name is LLADO.  The double L’s make a J sound in Spanish.

As you can see the paint starts out opaque but then turns transparent once it dries.  So, just add some flowers cut from the garden and….

Update: to keep the paint from fading when you add water just add some polyurethane inside the vase and swirl around- this will seal in the paint.


  1. sara @ applestone drive says:

    That is so cool!

  2. This us really cool Melissa. I’d love for you to come share at my link party!

  3. I think that is so creative! I love it!

  4. I love this so much, awsome job

  5. 4you-withlove says:

    What a beautiful vase!

  6. I really like the way this works, and I have seen it several places. What I am wondering is how a water based mod podge stands up to having water in the vase????? Can you help me with that?

  7. Whaaaaaat! I didn’t know you could stain your own vase. LOVE it, pinning it. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hi, I’m back. I like the vase a lot. Nice to visit again. I got the email. Best wishes, Linda

  9. very pretty! I love the way this turned out :) I love the transparent color look

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  10. D @ The Shady Porch says:

    Neat project! The vase looks great and I like the added touch with your name!

  11. Very nice! Came here by way of Happy Family Times. Here is my offering this week:

  12. Christine says:

    This is wonderful Melissa!! I especially love the lettering!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! xoxo

  13. This is such a clever idea. I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: to share this awesome post with my readers.

    Mrs. Delightful

  14. I love this! I have several vases that are similar stored in the basement. Now I know just what to do with them. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

  15. Wow, what a transformation!

  16. Cool to redo it. Pretty and unique. Your name is beautiful.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Can you put water in the vase with the fresh flowers? email me at:

  18. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    This is so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    Take care,


  19. That vase is beautiful!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. That looks so pretty Melissa!
    Love the color you chose!
    Thanks for linking up this week – so happy to have you here!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  21. What a beautiful vase!

  22. Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family says:

    I love it! Simple and pretty! I love the addition of the vinyl. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  23. Thanks for linking up to Showcase Your Talent Thursday, you have been featured

  24. What a beautiful vase! Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

  25. Great job! So, where is your husband from? Yay for Spanish heritage! I love the Spanish language – (I was a high school Spanish teacher before becoming a SAHM).

  26. Hi Melissa! Your friend Danni from sent me the link to this post because I had tried this same procedure with mason jars, but with awful results. My conclusion is that it was just me lol. But every time I find a new tutorial I have renewed hope. I may give it one more shot as your vase turned out gorgeous!! I’m now following through GFC :)

    Have a great weekend :)

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