How to Paint a Vase With Baking Soda and Paint Technique

5 Materials
30 Minutes

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Ready to turn that old vase into chic decor? By adding baking soda to paint, you can transform an old vase into boho-style pottery with a few easy steps. This baking soda and paint technique transforms any glass container into a ceramic boho masterpiece!

Here’s the one that I found at Goodwill for a couple buckets. The design was outdated, but the shape was perfect for what I needed on our picture ledge shelves.

How to Paint a Vase with Baking Soda and Paint

Step 1: Clean the vase.

Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the vase using rubbing alcohol. Be sure to remove any price stickers, too.

Step 2: Mix the paint.

I didn’t have the perfect terra cotta color on hand, so I simply mixed some different colors together until I was happy. To get the terra cotta look, mix orange and beige paints in a cup.

Then, add about a teaspoon (or so) of baking soda to the paint and mix well.

Step 3: Paint the vase.

Using a paint brush, apply the paint to the outside of the vase in a single motion.

With this fancy baking soda and paint trick, you can breathe new life into just about any item, including jars, wine bottles, and plant pots!

What will you paint next?

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Suggested materials:

  • Old vase
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Baking soda
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Chelsea @ Making Manzanita
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  • EmeryLou EmeryLou on Oct 07, 2021

    What does adding baking soda to the paint do?

  • Donna G Donna G on Oct 07, 2021

    Why use the baking soda? Add texture?

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Oct 07, 2021

    will it hold up outdoors for plastic window boxes ????????


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  • Jeri Covington Jeri Covington on Oct 09, 2021

    I love adding textures to my paints. I also love adding school glue to my acrylic paints, especially when painting on fabrics. I’ve also added things like corn meal for a more dramatic effect. The face you did looks lovely! Great job!

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Oct 09, 2021