How To Make Beautiful Hand Painted Glass Bud Vases

Making Beautiful Upcycled Coloured 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 round in fashion, I remember in the 90’s when I moved into our first home being given some hand me down coloured glasses from a relative. I smiled sweetly, said thank you and then put them away in the loft.

It just 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.

A quick trip to my local junk shop I found 3 cut glasses perfect for bud vases. They only cost me £1 for the 3. Infact, small cut glasses are really 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 cut glasses or gave 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 that 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 a 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 3 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 the wood mark the position of each bud vase 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 really pleased with this paint technique. The colour is very even and the painted glass bud vases have turned out just how I wanted them too.

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.

How to make simple but gorgeous map roses.

If you liked this post you might want to check out these other glass painting posts.

Upcycled Window Herb Planter

Happy Hour Upcycled Window

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42 Responses

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

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  4. Ann

    These are beautiful and are being featured on my blog tonight for Party In Your PJs!

  5. These are gorgeous! You were my favorite pick for Waste Not WEdnesday this week.

  6. Thank you so much for coming up with a better way to colour thrifted glass. I spent two full days trying to colour glass with modpodge and it was to be it mildly awful. I can’t wait to pin this.

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  8. This, my friend, is genius!
    I tried to get this effect a couple of years ago and ended up with a jam jar covered with a hot mess of sticky paint, glue mix which never dried and ended up all over my hands, my clothes and my table!
    Not my finest crafting hour! Hot soapy water sorted it all out in the end but I’ve not plucked up the courage to try again, until now!!

    • Thank you, Julie. The thinned glass paint worked really well and was quite simple. If you want a deeper colour just add more layers of paint. It’s supposed to be dishwasher proof too but I haven’t tried.

  9. These are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend! You were one of my features!

  10. I would never have thought of doing this! They are so pretty and a perfect accessory for Spring. Loving the pink colour choice too. xx

    • Thank you so much, I love the colour too it’s called Raspberry.

  11. Amy

    This is amazing. I never would have guessed that you painted those glasses. I totally assumed you bought them that way. Love it! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    • Thank you, I couldn’t believe how easy they were to colour in the end. They are supposed to be dishwasher proof too but I haven’t tested it yet.

  12. Claire – I LOVE this! It’s so beautiful and spring. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. They are so lovely. I like the maps roses too.

  14. I’m in love with how they turned out Claire. That beautiful translucent look is so perfect for the cut glasses. You can see all the facets from every angle. Stunning, stunning, stunning

    • Thank you, Michelle. That is why I used the glass paint as I wanted the translucent look.

  15. These are gorgeous, Claire! You have inspired me to beautify and display the assorted glass in my over-stuffed china cabinet. Love the rustic charm of the wood base you made too! Pinned 🙂

  16. These are STUNNING, Claire! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing with us! Absolutely lovely! xoxo

  17. Gorgeous Claire! Not much thrifting in my neck of the woods, but I’ll keep this in mind as you never know as I do seem to get a bunch of odds and ends from one neighbor around spring cleaning time, and Now I’ll rejoice at the chance to try this, which would be lovely for little crystal plates as well, which are every where here for about a dollar each……hmm, maybe that is how I’ll make my dessert plates interesting! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    • Thank you. I’m very lucky in that I have a junk shop and 2 charity shops at the end of my road so plenty of thrifting to be had. In fact with Pat in the junk shop I often exchange things I don’t want for things in his store rather than spend money which works well. The plate idea sounds lovely.

  18. Oh these turned out soooo pretty! Love the pretty color with the wood base. Those roses are gorgeous!

    • Thank you, yes they are lovely roses and they are lasting well which is good.

  19. Gorgeous!!

  20. Claire… my browser doesn’t seem to be showing what type of paint you used. Is it listed? I love how these look and want to try it myself! 😉

    • Hi Julie Thanks I don’t know what happened but some of my post had disappeared! Fixed it now the paint is their it was Marabu glas paint in Raspberry

  21. I think we are on the same page this week! Your flower vases are beautiful… red was my next color to try! Love your project xo

  22. I am swooning over the color of the glass. I shared on my twitter and pinned to my upcycle board and Funtastic Friday at Coastal Bohemian . Thx for sharing each week at Funtastic Friday

  23. Wow, those are so beautiful! I had no idea you could even do something like that. I love this look. Pinning for later. 🙂

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