Inexpensive Glass Vases Turned Into Beautiful Terra Cotta Look Vases

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Paint plus an item from your kitchen can turn inexpensive glass vases into gorgeous terra cotta look vases. I plan to use these vases after Christmas when I like to turn my dining room and front porch into a winter wonderland that chase away those after Christmas blahs. You could also use other colors for other special occasions or neutrals for year round. (I actually have another set of vases and some neutrals chosen for just that purpose!)

Choose some inexpensive glass vases in pretty shapes. I chose 2 cylinders and one with a more flared shape.

Gather your supplies. You will only need satin acrylic craft paint, baking powder, toothpicks to stir, and a paint brush. Since I am planning to use mine as part of my winter decor, I choose white and sky - a very icy blue.

Pour out some of your paint onto a paper plate, and sprinkle in baking powder until you get a lumpy consistency like shown above. I only added a pinch or two at a time, but if you get it too thick, simply add more paint.

You will need at least 3 coats of paint to completely cover the glass thick enough that you cannot see through the vase at any point. I painted my first coat vertically, my second horizontally, and my third vertically again. I think this gives it the most texture and the most realistic look.

Make sure the paint is completely dry between coats so that you get the texture of terra cotta and not a lumpy wet-paint texture.

Also paint the inside of the vase. You don’t need to paint the entire inside, just enough that you can’t see the shine from the glass when your vases are displayed.

The most time-consuming part of this project, is waiting on the paint to dry.

Also, this paint splatters a bit more than I expected, so cover your work surface. I didn’t cover enough and had the privilege of picking white and light blue specks of paint off my walnut colored breakfast table.

There are so many fun ways to display your vases. I have several others pictured, as well as the simple steps for making a two toned vase on my blog. You can find it here.

You can also check out one of my Christmas decor DIY’s here.

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  • Ter49079434 Ter49079434 on Oct 25, 2021

    Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder?

  • Ava Ava on Oct 30, 2021

    Photo and text shows baking powder, but you said you used baking soda in answer to Ter49079434 question.

    Are they interchangeable?

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  • Tonya Tonya on Apr 02, 2021

    I love this idea too,looks great!

    I plan to do it soon,hopefully mine will look as nice as yours😉😉

    • Sondra Sondra on Apr 02, 2021

      Thanks so much. You can do it! Yours will turn out great. I’d love to see a picture of your finished pieces. I have 2 solid white ones filled with pink tulips on my Easter tablescape.

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Oct 25, 2021

    Will be doing this so I obviously think it's beautiful and I love it , love rustic farmhouse. Thank you