Spring 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

Dollar Store Spring Ombre Vases--super cute & thrifty DiY project (less than 30 minutes and less than $10 to make all 3!) #dollarstorecraft #diy

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

Dollar Store Spring Ombre Vases--super cute & thrifty DiY project (less than 30 minutes and less than 10 dollars to make all 3!) #dollarstorecraft #diy

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.


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

Dollar Store Spring Ombre Vases--super cute & thrifty DiY project (less than 30 minutes and less than 10 dollars to make all 3!) #dollarstorecraft #diy

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.

Dollar Store Spring Ombre Vases--super cute & thrifty DiY project (less than 30 minutes and less than 10 dollars to make all 3!) #dollarstorecraft #diy

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

Spring dollar store ombre vases

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  • Amanda April 1,

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

  • Michelle April 1,

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

  • Darcy April 1,

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

    • Kim @ Two Ten Designs April 2,

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

  • M April 1,

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

  • Vanessa@cashcowcouple.com April 2,

    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!

  • Kim @ Two Ten Designs April 2,

    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!!

  • Ruth April 3,

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

  • KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family April 4,

    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,

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts April 4,

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

  • Jennifer Day April 8,

    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

  • Aimee April 9,

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

  • Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise April 9,

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

  • Beth @ The First Year Blog April 10,

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

  • Mylene April 10,

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

  • Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life April 10,

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

  • Ellora @ CreativelySouthern April 15,

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

  • Kathleen April 15,

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

  • serioussarah May 3,

    those are fabulous! i love the ombre effect!



  • Sue April 8,

    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,

      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.

  • Anonymous July 6,

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

  • tiff February 26,

    do you know if tempera paint would work as well?


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