I’m getting close to finishing my home office makeover! I’m just working on some final decor pieces, and then I’ll be ready to reveal the finished product! But in the meantime, I’m going to share a quick DIY project for easy colorful vases.

I planned to purchase some aqua colored bottle vases I’d seen at At Home to display in my recently finished built-in bookcases. But when I went to purchase them, I realized they were too green and really didn’t work with my color scheme. So I started the hunt for some aqua bottle vases that would work with my color scheme, but unfortunately everything I found was really expensive.

I was searching Pinterest when I came across the idea to paint the inside of clear bottle vases, and I realized that would be an affordable solution. This is a project I’d never tried before, but there are lots of online tutorials for it and it seemed pretty easy.

the really easy process

I purchased a sample of latex wall paint in the aqua color I wanted (and it happened to be on sale for 99 cents!), and I bought six of these bottle vases at Michael’s on clearance for 60% off…


I used wire cutters to remove the black netting on the outside of the bottles, and then I washed them well and let them thoroughly dry.


Then I used a syringe (try an oral medication syringe, they can be purchased at drug stores… but we had one sitting around the house from the last time my kids had to take antibiotics) to pour some paint inside each vase. I slowly rotated each vase until the inside was completely coated with paint, and then turned the bottle upside down in a paint tray to let the excess paint drip out. After letting them sit like that for an hour, I turned each one over, wiped the paint off the rims and then let them cure overnight.




I think they turned out well, and I was right, this is an easy DIY project.

Note that these vases are not waterproof, which was fine for me because I will be displaying them without any flowers. But if you want to add flowers to them try using a floral water tube.

The total cost for all six vases was $27. Pretty good considering you can easily spend more than that on one vase these days! You can do this project even cheaper by finding free bottles in the recycling bin.

4 thoughts on “PAINTED GLASS VASES

  1. Avatar Brenda

    What was the name of the aqua color? What store did you get it from?
    Thank you.

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      I had to search through the very back of my paint closet to find this color, lol. It’s Sherwin Williams 6478 ‘Watery’ from Lowes.

  2. Avatar Christine Ponder

    Just an additional note that some folks might find helpful… I wanted my bottles to appear to be a vintage collection, no two alike… so I fiddled away some time at Goodwill, and came home with a great selection of shapes, styles, and sizes of clear glass bottles, jars, and bud vases for about 50 cents each. VERY economical, and crazy fun.

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Thanks for the tip, Christine! I agree a thrift store is a great place to find unique bottles for cheap!

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