How to: Glitter Vases

I’m not really sure what’s wrong with me lately. But I bought a pink pleather jacket (you heard me), pink shoes with giant flowers online so they probably won’t fit me, and I want to glitter everything in sight. I mean everything. But today, we’ll just talk about glittering vases.

diy glitter vases

Here’s the finished product. Beautiful, right? You guys are real smart, so probably know how to do this already. But I didn’t. So I’m going to show you anyway. You’d better listen and act like I’ve changed your life with this knowledge.

diy glitter vases

Here’s what you start out with: Vases (pretend there was a picture of the vases not taped up already), spray adhesive, and of course, glitter of any color, brand, and coarseness you prefer. I chose Martha’s White Gold. All the silver I saw reflected all kinds of other colors, and I wanted these to reflect a pure silver.

diy glitter vases

Then I taped up the vase to the shape I wanted the glitter to be. I wanted one to be just a band of color, another one to be a wave-like pattern, and the third one to just have a band on the bottom portion of the base. The wave was made by cutting a wave pattern in the tape. There was a lot of trial and error on that one (thank you Tiff!) but I’m happy with how it turned out. I wanted to try thin stripes all the way down one, or vertical stripes. But two of the vases I got were bulbous, so it was hard to get the tape to lay straight how I wanted it. Next time!

Make sure you’re in the garage or outside, you know how glitter gets everywhere. Just like the sand on Tatooine. I put down some paper to protect the makeshift table I made. The spray adhesive gets everywhere, too! The last thing you want is the floor of your garage totally sticky. I managed to get it all over my hands, too. I never said I was good at this.  Also put a piece of normal paper down. That way you can easily salvage the glitter that falls by folding the paper and pouring it back into the container.

Hint: Don’t spray your adhesive over the piece of paper like I did. It just makes the glitter stick to it and you can’t salvage it. Duh.

Next step! Spray the adhesive evenly on the desired area of the vase. The container says to wait a few minutes before adhering it, but I’m real impatient and immediately shook the glitter on. It worked fine!

diy glitter vases

diy glitter vases

Oh that glitter makes me happy.

diy glitter vases

So then do the same to all of your vases, then carefully take the tape and paper off. Voila! You have amazing vases with perfectly placed glitter on them.

diy glitter vases

diy glitter vases

diy glitter vases

diy glitter vases

Gorgeous, right? I really don’t know how long they’re going to last, or what will happen if water gets on the glitter part. Afterward Matt said I should try to spray a sealer on it after the glitter but before taking the tape off. I’ll try a tester on that. I’m afraid it will ruin the look of the glitter, though.

Immediately after glittering these, my mom and I ran to Michael’s (okay fine, we drove) and I bought a cute little chubby bird and more glitter. Light pink glitter. You know, to match my pink pleather jacket.

What’s wrong with me?!


6 Responses to “How to: Glitter Vases”

  • Coryn Says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous! They look so Holiday-ish and festive. Way to go, mini Martha.

  • kristyn Says:

    Great tip! I totally would have sprayed the vases over the paper and then wasted all of the glitter that didn’t stick to the vase!
    I’m going to try this out for my wedding vases! :-)

  • Ang Says:

    Kristyn, they would be amazing for your wedding vases! Send me a picture when you do them, I’d love to see it!

  • M Says:

    Definitely doing this for a friend of mine who loves glitter. What a great (cheap!) holiday gift…a “homemade” vase with some pretty flowers <3 Thanks so much for the idea!

  • Ang Says:

    M, Glad you’re going to try it out! I’d love to see a picture of the finished product :)

  • jen Says:

    Beautiful. What suggestions of sealer do you think could be used to seal the glitter?