Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DIY enamel vases

As promised, here is one of the DIY projects from Betty Carroll's birthday bash! I wanted to add some color but was on a tight budget. I was so excited when I came across this idea on Pinterest. It is so easy and really added that pop of color I was looking for. I put the kids to work and it was our family project one Sunday afternoon. Glass vases and bottles are so common at second hand shops. I bought all of mine at our local Savers and Deseret Industries. They were less expensive at Deseret Industries. I paid anywhere from .25 - $2.00 depending on the size and style. I bought my enamel paint at Michaels craft store. There were lots of colors available and I ended up buying 3 different colors and mixing them to get the hue I was after.

Start by making sure you wash and dry all of your vases so theres no dust or leftover grime from sitting on the shelf. Then get the enamel paint you purchased. Make sure its enamel paint because this is made for glass surfaces. If you use acrylic paint, it will flake and make a mess! The paint I purchased was really thick so I actually mixed a few drops of water in first. You will then want to squirt or pour the paint into the vase and roll the vase around until all of the interior surfaces are covered with the paint. Make sure and pour out any excess paint into the next vase you will be working on. Set this one aside and move to the next vase. Continue in this pattern until all of your vases have been painted. Once this is done, you will want to dump out any excess paint once again because you don't want it puddled in the bottom. You then need to let the vases dry for about 48 hours to make sure they are completely dry.

I did put water in mine for the flowers, however the paint did start to bubble by the end of the night. I dumped the water out and let them dry again and they seem to be fine. I don't think water in general is a good idea though unless for a short period. Good luck on this project and enjoy!

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