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Paint Swirling DIY Vase

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My readers know that I’m a paint lover… I’ll paint anything.  So for this month’s Thrift Store Decor I did some painting.  I found a beautiful, unique vase recently at a thrift store.  I decided to do some paint swirling with some beautiful beachy colors – blue and green and create a fun DIY vase.

Update a basic vase with paintHere’s the vase before I started to play with it.

Thrift Store VaseSupplies used:

Start by cleaning your vase well.  I put mine in the dishwasher.  Then I used some rubbing alcohol and wiped down the inside to make sure it was really clean and ready for paint.

In 2 different cups I mixed my paints with the clear medium.  I used about 2 parts medium to 1 part paint.  You are using the medium to help thin the glass paint so you can do some paint swirling… plus it won’t dry as fast.

Putting the paint in the bottom of the vase before you swirl it

Once mixed I spooned the paint into the bottom of the vase… putting green on one side and blue on the other.  Then start swirling. I put a piece of wax paper underneath just in case… but the paint is pretty thick.  Spin while it’s turned mostly upside down until you get the look you want.

Twirling the vase to get the paint to swirl

Follow the directions on your glass paint to see how long you need to let it dry or if you have the option of speeding up that process in the oven.

Swirling Painting on a vase

And you’ll end up with a fun vase with swirl painting… love it!

Use Glass Paint to create a modern swirl vase

Super fun thrift store makeover!  Now make sure to check out these other fabulous ladies and their thrift store decor makeover.



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  1. Love this technique! I wouldn’t have thought of adding the paint to the inside of the vase but it looks so awesome. Perfect for spring!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Hope to see you again next Thursday. The party begins at 6:00am EST.

    Hope you had an awesome weekend!
    ~ Ashley

  2. Maryann, this is so pretty! I have an old vase that needs a little sprucing up and this is the perfect idea for those spring blooms that are on their way! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! You’re going to be my feature this week and I’ll be sharing on my social media tomorrow night so I’d love it if you’d follow me. Hope to see you again at tomorrow’s party!

  3. I love how your painted vase turned out. It looks so unique and adds an interest at the bottom of the bouquet. I have a question about how well it holds up. Does the glass paint stay on well after being soaked with the water for the flowers? I’ve always wondered about painting on the inside of a vase. Thanks!

  4. Your vase turned out beautifully! And I love this idea for dressing up plain glass vases – I seem to accumulate a lot of those 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Merry Monday this week!

  5. that Bliss… she stole my line!

    I love your swirly vase Maryann! It’s sooo pretty. And vases are a dime a dozen at thrift stores.

    I’m so happy to have been invited to this elite group of ladies that love doing what I do!


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