I originally saw this idea on Pinterest but I don’t from which blog! If you were the one who first thought of it, please let me know. This craft idea is so simple and so cheap, I think I’m addicted.
You see, this wonderful new house of ours has a ton of built-ins, which I love. But when you move from a very small house and you had to live clutter and knick knack free for 8 years, you don’t have a lot of stuff to fill all those built in bookshelves. What I do have right now is a ton of paint samples, all of the same shade of blue. I still haven’t found the right shade that I’m looking for but these were great to use up all the paint shades that I had nixed.
This craft is so simple all you need is glass vases and paint. I used several old vases that I had on hand and then scored a few more for half off at goodwill. The immediate cost, not counting what I had on hand, for this project was $2.33. If you don’t have a lot of paint samples on hand then you could always buy a cheap can of oops paint from one of your blue box stores and then mix with different shades of cheap craft paint to get a large volumn of paint for little. I would not just use craft paint for this project.
All you need to do is pour the paint in the vase and then swirl it around and slowly lean it down until the paint pours out the top of the vase. We held the vase back over the paint can if we were using a single color.
One two vases we got a little creative and swirled the paint before pouring it in the vase.
If you choose to swirl the colors than you need to barely mix them before pouring them in the vase. The black looks harsh now but it will soak into the surrounding color as it dries, it also pulls down into streaks thanks to the gravity but I really like it.
This is the same vase right after I swirled the colors and again the next morning when the paint had settled. I also tried swirling with white but but it was very hard to see, just gave it a delicate little detail.
After all the extra paint has poured out the top of the jars, set them upright to dry. I found that it helps to wipe all the paint off the rim of the vase so that you still have a clear edge.
So now I have one shelf filled and I think I’m going to get more vases from Goodwill and keep going across to the other side since the lantern full of twine isn’t really pulling it’s weight.
Now I just to get the other shelf filled and the picture of the nice anonymous couple that came with the frame replaced and this place might actually start to look acceptable.
Let me know if you make painted vases, I would love to see how they turn out! This would be a great project for those people overseas, let’s say… Belize…because you could paint pickle jars, hide the top ridges with twine and have some great easy decorations. Let’s get crazy with paint people!