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How To Make Beautiful Hand Painted Glass Bud Vases

With this tutorial, I show you how to hand-colour glasses with paint. To create lovely painted glass bud vases in a display tray for a spring mantle.

It’s funny how things go around in fashion; I remember in the 90s when I moved into our first home, being given some hand-me-down coloured glasses by a relative. I smiled sweetly, said thank you and then put them away in the loft.

It shows how susceptible I am to the whims of fashion because now, after spotting coloured glasses in my favourite shop Anthropologie I want some.

I have no idea what happened to the coloured glasses in the loft, but I don’t think they were quite right for what I wanted. I wanted some chunky crystal-cut coloured glass bud vases.

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On a quick trip to my local junk shop, I found three cut glasses perfect for bud vases. They only cost me £1 for the 3. In fact, small-cut glasses are easy to find and pick up cheaply in charity/thrift stores.

It took me a while to work out how to colour the glasses. There are lots of blog tutorials on colouring glass with mod podge or specialist spray paints. These tutorials were not great for cutting glasses or giving the glass an opaque sea glass look which, even though lovely, was not quite what I was after. I found the best way to colour the glass bud vases was by using diluted glass paint.

I made 3 of these glass bud vases and a tray for them out of scrap wood so they could easily be displayed together. These pretty pink bud vases would make a lovely affordable mothers day present.

Hand painted coloured glass bud vases

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What You Need To Make Painted Glass Bud Vases

scrap wood and glasses

How To Make Painted Glass Bud Vases

1. Before painting the glasses make sure they are clean and dry. You can either wash them in hot soapy water or use some rubbing alcohol.

2. Next, mix the paint in a plastic pot. I mixed the paint in a ratio of 1:3 glass paint to thinner.

3. Then, using a foam brush apply the paint to the glass with even strokes. Make sure you get the paint in all the crevices and bumps. I placed the glass upside down on a plastic lid and painted the base too.

If you want a darker shade, you can always add a second coat of paint after about 1 hour.

Painting glass with paint

4. Finally, leave the painted glass bud vases for three days to cure. Don’t worry if you don’t have the time; you can speed up the curing process to 30 mins by placing the glasses in a 320f oven.

Raspberry painted glass

How To Make The Painted Glass Bud Vases Tray

1. Firstly, cut and sand two identical peices of wood. Make sure the wood is long and wide enough to fit all three glass bud vases.

2. Next, on one piece of wood, mark each bud vase’s position using a pencil.

Marking vase position.

3. Then using a drill and hole saw attachment cut 3 holes into the wood. The holes should be big enough for the bud vases to sit in.

Drilling a hole in the bud vase tray with hole saw

5. Next, sand the rough edges and then stain both pieces of wood. Apply wood glue the base of the cut board and then stick both boards together. Use gripper tape to hold the wood in position as it dries.

Glueing the wood base
Using gripper tape as glue dries.

Once the glue is dry all that is left to do is add the painted glass bud vases to the tray and flowers.

painted glasses in tray

I’m pleased with this paint technique. The colour is very even, and the painted glass bud vases have turned out just how I wanted them to.

Trio of hand painted pink glass bud vases

I’ve put fresh roses into my trio of glass bud vases. When they have died I will make some more upcycled map roses for them. Or some crepe paper flowers like the ones I made for this pineapple paper flower wall decoration.

There is another tutorial on the blog for mini Marimekko bud vases. Also, check out these wine bottle crafts many of them are bud vase ideas.

How to make simple but gorgeous map roses.

Another affordable way to make bud vases is to make paper vase Mason jar sleeves.

These glasses are upcycled and featured under G in the alphabet of upcycling resources.

If you liked this post, you might want to check out these other glass painting posts and these upcycled vase ideas.

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Happy Hour Upcycled Window

For more recycled craft ideas visit Favcrafts.

Deirdre Henry

Sunday 5th of April 2020

These are beautiful. I do have glass paints but no thinner or foam brushes. When the pandemic is over I shall buy the necessary items and have a go. Thank you so much for posting and sharing your talents. Deirre

Claire Armstrong

Monday 6th of April 2020

Thank you so much they are very easy to do. Hopefully, the pandemic will be over before long. Keep safe.


Wednesday 13th of March 2019

These jars are just beautiful! Thank you for the how-to!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 13th of March 2019

Thank you, you're welcome.

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