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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.

Paula J

Saturday 16th of June 2012

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 :)

amy and jesse hudson

Friday 27th of April 2012

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).

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home

Thursday 26th of April 2012

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


Thursday 26th of April 2012

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

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family

Tuesday 24th of April 2012

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

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