Upcycle Old Glass Flower Vases


Makeover your stash of clear glass vases with this easy gold leaf and confetti paint project!
It was a rainy afternoon and I needed some color so I started painting a bag of flower vases that were destined for a thrift store.
A little paint and easy-to-apply gold foil and you have something colorful for your home.
Watch how I made them here.
This could be done with several shades of just one color......Also, the Thermoweb Deco Foil (gold leaf) comes in tons of different metallic shades.
I used Americana Gloss Enamels for glass. I didn't bake these (which you can do to make the paint dishwasher safe) but I did add a coat of varnish to them when they were done.
Here's another old glass flower vase (and wine bottle) upcycle for you!

Suggested materials:

  • Americana Gloss Enamels  (Amazon)
  • Thermoweb Deco Foil  (Amazon)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Cheri Linnig
    on Jun 4, 2017

    I would like to do this project with my three granddaughters. Is the paint washable?
    • Irene
      on Jul 7, 2017

      I have Plaid Indoor/Outdoor Gloss Enamels and they are water based with soap and water clean up. The Americana paints are also water based.
  • Kenna Marie Kender Reeser
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Can you pick up the vase from the handle you made or it's really just for looks. Just curious on how strong the hold. These are beautiful.
  • Shirley Barton
    on Dec 4, 2018

    I would ?like to add some good glitter and a bit of gold fool to some candles. Got any ideas?

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  • Shirley Barton
    on Dec 4, 2018

    UES! I have tons of vases. Can't wait to get started👍😄

  • Rosana Halprine
    on Jul 31, 2019

    Since I don't want to go and purchase enamel paints, I am wondering if this could work if I spray paint my glass vases with Rustoleum white paint as a base and then use acrylic paint for my design. Just a thought.

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