Tuesday, March 25, 2014

56 DIY Sea Glass Vases

Well friends!  Spring is officially here and I am soooooo ready!  Although our weather still doesn't reflect spring on the outside, I am doing what I can bring it inside!


I recently spotted some gorgeous hurricane vases and votives at West Elm:


The sea glass was a gorgeous touch that offered colors that fit right with my color scheme.  They felt fresh and springlike and I couldn't wait to put them onto our dining table.  Although I really loved the effect, but I wasn't a fan of the price.  So I used these beauties as inspiration for my own vases.

I started out with clear vases found at a craft store ranging in price from $1-$4.


Along with frosted glass spray paint.



I gathered a few frosted glass craft paints in some very springlike hues, including light tealy blues and beautiful purples.


Once the frosted glass was dry, I squirted the frosted glass paint directly on the side of the vase/votive.


To achieve the subtle textured effect on the glass, I used a foam roller to spread the paint by rocking the roller around the entire perimeter of the vase.



Once all of the vases received their coat of frosted color, I placed them into the oven to cure {bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes}.


Once the paint was cured, I used some leftover gold tape to add a little extra pizazz to the top edges.


To finish off the super simple project, I filled the vases with some fresh hydrangeas {thank you Trader Joe's} and the votives with some tealight candles.




Now our table has beautiful pops of color, including some pretty "color of the year" purples.


How are you bringing purple into your decor?  Check out these other darling ideas as part of this purple color challenge!  And check out past color challenges; Pink here and  Gold here.

56 comments:

  1. Love this idea! Cute colors for spring -- a must-try DIY!
    Nicole @ http://www.uniquelywomen.net

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  2. How clever! These are so beautiful. I am from Maine and have a special spot in my heart for sea glass.

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  3. So beautiful!! And I love that it's pretty simple too. Your table looks gorgeous, Miss Jen! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

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  4. I absolutely adore these. So pretty.

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  5. Beautiful! Can't wait to make these! I too have been crushing on the overly expensive west elm vases. What color paints did you use? The colors are perfect!

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    1. Thank you! The names of the colors I selected are:
      Beach Glass, Sea Lavender, Pacific Iris, Sweet Pea and Blue Calico.

      xo!

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  6. These are so pretty! And, I think even me, non-crafter, can handle them! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  7. Is there anything you can't do?! Amazing! Seems so easy and I never would've thought sea glass vases being a DYI :) thanks for sharing!!

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  8. wow, they look so good! Love the detail of the gold tape too! Trader Joe's is my favorite place for flowers. I can never seem to walk out of there without grabbing some :)

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  9. Oh my gosh, those turned out great!! I definitely have to try this! I'm so happy purple is so on trend right now-I've always been a purple girl ;) Can't wait to see how I can mix it into my decor!
    -Emily

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for coming up with a simple tutorial.

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  11. I am so thankful you posted this! I was thinking about buying these the other day, and now it will cost me so much less. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  12. So pretty! It seems that every time you write a post, I want to do whatever you've done! I'm hoping you take this as a compliment and don't get creeped out, haha. I'm definitely gonna have to try this

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  13. Such a dope idea!!! I love your table setting as well.

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  14. Those are beautiful! Thank you for the simple and inexpensive idea. I may have to do a few for my Spring kitchen table. XOXO

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  15. You surely never run out of awesome ideas, Jen! Thumbs up!

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  16. Those are so pretty! They look like they would make great gifts, too. Thanks!

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  17. As always you come up with some super ideas! Love the tablescape too.

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  18. Those vases turned out so good! I would have never thought those were DYI, nicely done! I love it - I am going to have to give that a try at home.

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  19. These turned out really gorgeous! I love that you added the gold tape at the top!

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  20. CUTE!! L.O.V.E that table runner and those dishes!!! Was the table runner a DIY?

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    1. Sure was! Just used some simple hem tape on the edges of my fabric. Easy peasy!

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  21. Great idea! I have some frosted spray paint from a previous project and some vases I'm not using. I've gotta try this.

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  22. Can I tell you how excited I am by this tutorial?! I've been in love with the sea glass vases from WE since last spring but I could not afford the price either! I'm going to be zipping to the craft store today; I've got some beautiful sea glass vases to make.

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  23. I love the mint color in some of your photos <3

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  24. These are so pretty! x
    www.rawvogue.com

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  25. OMG you had me at Sea Glass. These are gorgeous Jen!!! You always come up with such great ideas. Pinning!!! I need to try this method because other DIY methods have not worked for me. Do you think it would work with Mason Jars?

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  26. Thank you for the fabulous idea! These sea glass vasses look PERFECT!

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  27. Tremedously cute idea! I am decorating for a Lenten dinner and need a purple accent. Hooray for stumbling upon an idea!

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  28. What a great way to use clear vases! I've got a ton of 'em, so will have to try this for sure!! :)

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  29. This is brilliant! You just lit the spark I needed to get crafting again :) Thank you!

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  30. This is brilliant! Thank you!

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  31. I'm loving your spring inspired post. I am right there with ya. Needddddd some spring weather! I recently went to homegoods and went crazy with teapots for a spring inspired themed tea party! I might need to make some sea glass votives for my tea party table scape :)

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  32. Very nicely done. You are so creative.

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  33. I fell in love with those vases and votives at West Elm, too. I wasn't aware of the frosted glass spray paint or colored paints. Thanks for all the info!!!

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  34. I adore these! Knockoffs are probably one of my favorite things! :D

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  35. That is so nice :D

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  36. I didn't know there was such a thing as frosted glass spray paint! Wow, I am totally going to use that on some plant pots I've been meaning to spruce up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. These are so beautiful! I'm so glad I found your amazing blog (via Maskcara) - I needed some of this organization in my life.

    http://www.wernerbeauty.com

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  38. Thank you for this! I bought this light used (http://www.potterybarn.com/products/veranda-round-chandelier/?pkey=cchandeliers&cm_src=chandeliers||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-) but the fosting is missing on every shade, I will have to remove the old frosting to add new...any ideas on where I can find ivory???

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I found the frosted paint at Michaels, it is part of the Martha Stewart paint line. I believe she had colors in every shade, my guess is that there was an ivory as well.

      Best of luck! That is too bad about your chandelier, hopefully you are able to fix it to your liking!

      Jen

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  39. Great simple project right now i just have various holders for my table settings, maybe i could use there for all the glass jars - i refuse to throw out

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  40. How did you get the gold tape on so evenly? I seem to have trouble every time I try to use pretty tape on round objects.

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    1. Hi Rhonda!

      My hubby helped me! :) I placed the tape on the lip of the jar and he held it while I pulled the tape tight. He then rolled the jar to keep the tape straight while I continued to pull it tight from the roll. It is hard to explain, but it really helped to speed up the process and kept my sanity in check, as I was having the same problem trying to do it myself.

      xoxo!

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    2. This is a great way to recycle those Bath and Body Works jars from their candles. Thanks!!!

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  41. Ah! What a lovely clean oven! I just know that gave you two happies today. LOL

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  42. I'm going to have to try this!
    http://www.roseylittleme.blogspot.com/

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  43. I attempted this project today, and think I must have done something wrong :S. how long did you wait between the frosted spray paint and Martha Stewart paint? As I was using my roller to apply the MS paint, the frosted paint started peeling off :(.

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    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear that! I did a few quick coats all at once and then let it cure for a few hours in a warm area. Definitely sounds like your spray paint wasn't dry enough yet. :(

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    2. Hmm, that must be it! I only waited an hour and it was sitting in my cold garage. I think I'll try again! Thanks! :)

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  44. I love the way the vases look! Thanks for sharing this with me. I've been looking around for a new way to decorate my home. http://www.hartshomedecor.com/listing.asp?dept_id=45350&nopopup=1

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  45. I couldn't wait to try this project...but I don't feel like mine turned out as good as yours! Did you use two coats of the martha stewart paints?

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    1. I only used one coat. Did you make sure to wait for your frosted glass spray paint to fully cure? Or try baking the vases to set the color?

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  46. I may have gotten a little impatient...I waited a few hours. I will bake them and go from there. Thank you!!!

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