How To Decorate a Glass Vase


You may have an old glass vase lying around the house that is in need of a new look. Or perhaps you picked up an unusual shaped vase at a thrift shop or flea market that is too plain for your taste. A decorated glass vase is an inexpensive way to add personality to your home. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, there are many ways to decorate your glass vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Glass vase
  • Embellishments (colored beads, sequins, feathers, ribbons, gem stones, buttons, old costume jewelry, or dried pasta shells)
  • Modpodge
  • E-6000 Craft Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Postcards
  • Brochures
  • Tissue paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Mosaic adhesive
  • Brush
  • Grout
  • Putty knife
  • Sponge

Use Craft Items

  • Select a glass vase that you would like to decorate. The size, color and shape of the vase isn't important.

  • Clean and dry the vase. Protect your work space with old newspapers.

  • Decorate your vase with items found around the house. Use Modpodge to glue lighter items such as feathers, ribbons, sequins, and dried pasta shells to the vase. Use E-6000 craft adhesive to attach colored beads, buttons, old costume jewelry and gemstones to the vase.

Decoupage Vase

  • Cut out pictures from old magazines, postcards or brochures that you like. Small squares of tissue paper can also be used.

  • Determine the layout of the paper items that you want to use on the vase. Once you have determined the layout, use Modpodge to glue the cut-outs to the vase starting at the bottom and work your way towards the top. Smooth out any bumps in the paper by pressing lightly with a damp sponge and smoothing out any wrinkles with your finger.

  • Apply a second layer of decoupage medium to the decorated vase. Allow the second layer of decoupage medium to dry and apply another layer.

  • Allow the third layer of decoupage medium to dry.

  • Remove any surface blemishes on the vase by lightly sanding with 400-grit sandpaper.

Mosiac Tile Vase

  • Determine the tile arrangement that you would like to have on the vase. Create designs or a random pattern with the tiles.

  • Apply mosaic adhesive to the area of the vase you are working on and to the tile with a small brush. Press the tile into the mosaic adhesive on the vase. Allow at least ¼ inch of space between the tiles.

  • Add another tile and repeat this technique until you have applied the rest of the tiles. Allow the adhesive to dry according to the manufacture’s instructions.

  • Apply grout over the tiles using a putty knife making sure to press it into the crevices between the tiles.

  • Remove any excess grout on the vase with the edge of your putty knife. Allow the grout to dry and use a damp sponge to get rid of grout residue.

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