Painting Glass Jars and Vases

April 4, 2011

If you are like me and have an endless supply of half used paint containers, some glass jars, and are looking to make something unique to add to your home decor, try out this simple and inexpensive idea. Painted vase upright.


What you will need:


  1. You can either use glass containers you have (Snapple bottles, vases) or hit the Dollar Store or Goodwill to find jars/vases to your liking.
  2. Clear vase before painting.

  3. Pour a little bit of paint into the glass jar, bottle, or vase and slowly twist and turn the bottle so that the paint will start to swirl from the bottom of the container to the top of the container, painting the inside of the jar. Painted vase on its side.

  4. You don't need much paint, it all depends on the size of your glass container. Don't worry if you use too much paint. If you end up with excess, just pour the extra paint back into the paint container. You can either put flowers in the container or just use it for decoration. Either way, it's an interesting transformation with unlimited possibilities.
  5. The total cost of my project could be as little as -0-, but in my case was 49 cents (thanks to Goodwill).

    By Mom2Gracie from Wheaton, IL

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You don't have to be an artist to create beautiful hand-painted candle holders from inexpensive glass containers.

Painted votive candle holder.

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September 18, 2007

I need glass vase painting tips and templates.

Tami from Yakima, Wa



By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
September 19, 20070 found this helpful

First, use glass paint from craft store. Michael's always has 40% coupons & I evenutally got the colors I needed. This works on glass that needs to be washed. It cleans up like acrylics, doen't ruin your brushes.

It's been a few years since I made stencils, but I think I got the "transparent" soft plastic sticky backed sheeting from Michael's. It's made by Kittrich and I think it's called "Magic Cover". If you have a photo of what you want to paint, you put this plastic over it & draw your design to be cut out with a craft knife. I made 3 sizes of lady bugs that were from small stickers & I went to Office Depot & had them enlarged from 1/2 inch to 4 inches. Put the plastic over, drew, cut & then stuck this sticky backed stencil to glass pots, did same with hearts on wine glasses. Best stuff for a curved surface.


Hope this wasn't too confusing. Good luck. EK

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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for the feedback. I have a problem with the paint running and peeling off when I remove the sticky stencil. Any ideas on this one?

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By Melanie from Wilkesboro, NC (Guest Post)
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

If you have pictures from magazines or from the internet that are not very complicated, you can tape them to the inside of the vase instead of using stencils or templates. You can even draw the outline of flowers and vines on paper and tape that to the inside of the vase, use a fine paint brush to paint the outline then fill in and shade as desired.

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By Brenda S (Guest Post)
December 6, 20070 found this helpful

I am wanting to paint glass ornaments and need to know where to start? What kind of paint is best to use? Do I need to put some type of finish to seal the paint?


I will take any suggestions or guidance. Is there a web site I can visit?

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By Verokimbo (Guest Post)
February 5, 20090 found this helpful

Help,I have to paint a 100 glasses with the peace sign on wine glovets, I tried putting the design inside the glass, drawing it over the glass,and tried to make sticky stencils, I´m getting frustrated the client wants them perfect even, on colors that does not come out in the dishwasher or microwave, the bad part is I can´t get them even, because with the stencil I made. It can´t get perfectly attached to the glass ,too round and the paper is too plain, then the painting gets inside the lines,and it´s a mess. Please help!

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February 27, 20160 found this helpful

I've done a lot of painting on glass and one the best places for a beginner is Donna Dewberry. She is a self taught artist who is credited for her techniques on double loading you brush to combine colors on all types of surfaces. There are a ton of her glass painting. Videos o line. She can tea h you to make the most beautiful glass painting possible. It's amazing how easy it is learning how to create amazing artwork that would seem impossible to even some of the best artists much less a beginner lol.


She carries her own line of paints brushes everything you need to get started. I've used alot of great paints that make beautiful art on glass wood canvas and yes even walls lol. Check out her vidson YouTube and on her website. I promise you won't be disappointed and you will learn so much in short order! Most of all jump in with both feet and have A blast!!!! Happy painting y'all!
God Bless, Rhonda

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November 15, 2009

I apply mosaic pieces to the outside of glass vases. I would like suggestions as to how to paint the interiors, so they are opaque and you don't see the glue.

By sybil sage from NYC


November 15, 20090 found this helpful

They do sell glass paint at the craft store that comes in both transparent & opaque finishes.

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November 15, 20090 found this helpful

Put some paint inside the glass & shake it till it's painted, good luck.

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November 15, 20090 found this helpful

You can also etch the outside of the vase before you apply the glue and mosaics. it will turn the vase opaque without having to use paint that might lech into the water if you use them for flowers, as well as give the glue a better hold on the glass so the mosaics don't slip. also, you can use the etchings just where you want the mosaics to go, so if you want to leave some of the vase clear, you can.


You can find etching cream in almost any art/craft store, not walmart though, I tried, for around twenty dollars, and I've made several decorated mirrors, and I've used only half of the bottle. send us some pics of your vases though, they sound really pretty.

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November 9, 2012

Where can I find template designs for flowers for glass painting?

By Janet C.


November 11, 20120 found this helpful

I'm not sure, but you might find them on She has glass paint out now. You can probably find the paint at Michael's. This is a project that is on my list to try. It looks like a lot of fun. Good luck with your project.

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July 15, 2019

Turn a plain glass vase into a unique piece of art. This page explains how to make rubber band art painted vases.

Rubber Band Art Painted Vase - white vase with flowers

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