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Dollar Store Ombre Vases

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Happy April!  Is it just me or does this spring seem to be flying by before our eyes?  Maybe it is just this getting older thing that makes time seem to speed up.  In any case, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

I am excited to share my little Easter Brunch birthday party, but since I’ve still got a few photos left to edit, today I thought I’d share this quick & easy  ombre vase project that I used as my table centerpiece.  Any project that costs less than $7 in supplies (for all 3 vases), takes less than 30 minutes to complete gets high marks in my book.  Frankly, I am in LOVE with how these turned out!

Most of the supplies you probably already have on hand, but for the paint I highly recommend the Martha Stewart brand high-gloss acrylic paint.  Unlike regular acrylic paint, this brand works on all surfaces, including glass.  It is found by the other acrylic paints and runs about $2 a bottle.

Here is what you need:

dollar store glass vase (or any vase you have on hand)
Martha Stewart brand high gloss acrylic paint in white and green (or any other color you prefer)
plate or mixing tray
paint mixer or popsicle stick
1/2-3/4″ flat, soft bristle paint brush

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Step One:  Blend your paints in variegated shades of green from light to dark as shown.

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Step Two: Start by painting the top rim and top 1″ of the vase with white paint.  Try to keep the line as straight as possible.

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Step Three: While paint is still wet, dip brush into second shade and create a new stripe, slightly overlapping with the first stripe.

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Step Four:  Continue making darker and darker stripes all the way to the bottom of the vase.  If you are doing more than one vase at a time, be sure to do each color stripe at the same time.  Let dry completely.

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See, I told you they were easy!  And fast!  And cheap!  And CUTE!  It’s DiY perfection right there. 🙂

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59 Comments

  1. Amanda
    April 1 at 08:10AM

    Those turned out really great! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. April 1 at 08:34AM

    I love this! Looks great, I will definitely be doing this soon.

  3. Darcy
    April 1 at 12:04PM

    These are really darling. What a great idea. Where did you get the Martha Stewart paint?

    • April 2 at 01:26PM

      Hi Darcy – I don’t know where she got hers, but I get mine from JoAnns & Michaels Crafts.
      -Kim

  4. April 1 at 11:30PM

    I love the thought of using different colors and making these for Christmas!

  5. April 2 at 10:25AM

    I think these are so pretty. I have seen this done, but the person painted them from the inside to make the outside look more glossy. However, then you couldn’t put the flowers inside with the paint for fear of the chemicals killing your flowers. This seems like a better way and a great project!

  6. April 2 at 01:25PM

    These are adorable! I love the greens you chose also. Definitiely pinned these for my spring project list!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Kim @ Two Ten
    PS – I also love martha’s craft paints!!

  7. April 3 at 09:22AM

    These vases are fabulous. I love the color. Perfect spring decor on a budget.
    Ruth

  8. What beautiful vases! I love the ombre look and that it looks like a fun afternoon project!
    I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-8.html
    Take care,
    KC

  9. April 4 at 10:44AM

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured yesterday!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  10. April 8 at 09:14PM

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have a fetish for vases but I never quite know what to do with them. I absolutely love this project and the fact that you can personalize the colors to match my decor. Thanks so much!

    Jen, http://jaredandjenday.blogspot.com

  11. April 9 at 01:24PM

    These are too cute, and I love the colors! I found this post on Today’s Creative Blog and am loving your blog.

  12. I LOVE these vases. Such a great use of cheap vases. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Beth @ The First Year Blog
    April 10 at 09:27AM

    Love this and pinning! Came over from Creations by Kara!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  14. April 10 at 11:12AM

    I love this idea! So fresh and spring-like!

  15. Very cute. I love the colors you chose. The transformation from a plain glass vase is fantastic. Pinned.

  16. April 15 at 11:01AM

    Love these!! So cute and simple to make. Pinning to make some for the house!

  17. April 15 at 12:19PM

    These are amazing. I have several of these vases. Pinned so I can go back and make them – in orange of course!

  18. May 3 at 01:09PM

    those are fabulous! i love the ombre effect!

    -s.

    serioussarahblog.blogspot.com

  19. Sue
    April 8 at 06:07AM

    Love the vases. Where did you get the tulips? The ones at our Dollar General and Family Dollar stores do not look like yours, life like, so I’m assuming you purchased yours somewhere else? Cost?

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 8 at 07:43AM

      Hi Sue,
      I’m so glad you like the Spring Ombre Vases! I bought the tulips at Joann Fabrics and used a store coupon.
      I hope this helps.

  20. Anonymous
    July 6 at 04:56PM

    My daughter and I just made these and they turned out great. Only suggestion is to apply two coats.

  21. tiff
    February 26 at 12:13PM

    do you know if tempera paint would work as well?

  22. March 31 at 07:02PM

    This is a cute idea. I was planning on giving a friend a keepsake floral bouquet as a gift along with a poem that I wrote for her. The flowers are going to be assorted colors. I was thinking of painting the vase with pastel shades of the rainbow. I think I will try it and see if it will work together!

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