DIY Painted Vases

Once upon a time I wanted my house to be one of those impossibly stylish affairs where all the palette and textures are earthy and calming and meticulously thought out. One of those places that makes your inner monologue fire up and say;

‘Wow – this person must have it together. You should get it together. I really should have worn shoes today?’

But then I realised I will never be one of those impossibly stylish people, I am a bit grubby and (most importantly)… I LOVE COLOUR! It makes me really happy. This made me look at 3 very drab thrifted vases that I found in an op-shop and decide to get all up in their grill with some colour. The best thing was at only $2 each this was a really cheap and simple project.


  • Thrifted Vases
  • Acrylic or Ceramic paint – white is essential and then any other colours you want
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • (If you want to paint lyrics on then you will need a thin brush. Otherwise you could use a paint pen – I have heard they are great!)
  • Masking tape – if you like the stripey vase


Plain Vase

  • Paint your vases white. I only needed 2 light coats.
  • Choose what colour you want your vase and paint.
  • Uh yeah… that’s it! :)
  • I then filled my vase with some sustainable DIY flowers that I made from old magazines.

If however you don’t want it to be a block colour I experimented a bit. Read on…

Lyric Vase

  • I chose a song lyric that made me really happy; “Morning Sun” by The Beautiful Girls. So pretty.
  • I then wrote these lyrics on in pencil. I wrote mine in different sizes and in a scriptive style but I think it would also like great with a simple print.
  • I then painted the lyrics in white. Apparently Paint Pens are really great to use and are available at most craft stores.
  • I highlighted particular lyrics I loved in a complimentary colour.

Dr Seuss Vase

  1. Sad to say this one was a bit of a fail. I like colour but I don’t like to be punched in the face with it. But oh well – it reminds me of Dr Seuss whom I adore and every time my partner and I look at it we laugh… so was it really a fail? I also think that in the right colours it could look really cute.
  2. Wrap masking tape around the vase. Be careful to get it straight. I thought the ‘rough look’ could be alright but in a clarity that is reserved specifically for retrospective thoughts a straight line is the only way to go.
  3. Paint your first coat and leave to dry.

  1. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you wish.

And there they are. As you can see you can be as creative as you want. Some may turn out brilliantly… others may make you laugh every time you look at them (Stripey… I’m looking at you mate!) but either way it is great fun, cheap and can give an instant colour lift to a boring old shelf. Enjoy.

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