Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Make your own {Milk Glass}

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Milk Glass is so pretty!

Stephanie featured a DIY milk glass project a while ago, and I tucked it away in my files as a possible future project.


BEFORE

...plain glass vase from clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.  Great shape, but boring!


AFTER

...all it took was a little acrylic paint and some water.....



Milk Glass How To:

I found that mixing a little acrylic paint in a cup with a tiiiiny bit of water to thin it out was a good way to go.



Pour that paint/water combo right into your glass vase
(I found that straight acrylic paint was too thick, and too forEVER to cover)



Gently roll the paint around your vase, covering all sides




After you have thoroughly "painted" the inside of your vase, turn it upside for about 30 minutes.



When you lift up your glass vase, you will get a flood of paint; that's ok!  Just wipe off the rim of your glass, and turn it upright to dry overnight.


Now, you're ready to put in pretty flowers, or just leave it plain and painted!
(I can't wait to try this technique with some fun colors.....)


Love the "inside painted" look:



This is how my vases look now:



41 comments:

  1. Very cool...I've been wanting to do some of these but with colored paint...like turquoise or avocado green :)

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  2. I love it! It seems so easy too. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. I am definitely goign to try this even though I am beyond not talented at crafty things. I really have to do something with my top shelf in the den and I think these would look great. Now to find some cheap, pretty vases. . .

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  4. What a great idea! I'm going to have to go dig for some old vases and try this out.

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  5. wow! i've got to try this, how cool is that?! thanks for sharing this at my party!!!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Goodwill glass/vase aisle, here I come.

    ~Melissa

    http://mrandmrsfrugalface.blogspot.com/

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  7. SUPER cute idea! Cannot wait to try it.. the possibilities have my mind racing!

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  8. this has been on my list to do for a long time. thanks for reminding me!

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  9. Awesome! I usually just end up filling my vases with colored rocks. This would be a nice change of pace :)

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  10. I love this! I can't wait to try it out. Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Aweesome ! Thanks for posting this! Right up my alley!

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  12. Those look so neat and fresh...love it! Thanks for sharing your project and tips!

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  13. LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing at It's Stinkin Cute Craft Thursday!

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  14. These are beautiful. I just posted Milk Glass vases made out of Starbucks Glass Frap bottles. So simple but makes such a great statement.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  15. These look great! Amazing what a little paint will do!

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  16. This is really cool, thanks for the idea! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  17. That looks AWESOME! Such an easy fix but such a big impact!

    Megan
    www.CutTheCraft.com

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  18. AHHh! I would have never known to do that. I am totally looking at all my clear glass items in a new light now. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. What a clever idea! It looks kinda simple to do. Might give it a try :)

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  20. Adore! Watering the paint down a little seems like a great way to go! Thanks for sharing!

    -MJ from MD School Mrs

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  21. NICE....I love it. Great job.
    http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

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  22. Thank you for linking this up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!
    I LOVE this! Never have done it...So going to!

    Hope to see you next Wednesday:)

    xoxokara

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  23. I love the color idea. I wonder if a light would show up inside like x-mas lights. I'm envisioning this ridiculously hugh wreath anchored to the ceiling of the shop with a dozen cheap colored vases hanging at various heights. I need some ideas for an outrageous ceiling-scape and this is good inspiration food!
    -Bethanie

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  24. I love this! so simple and easy to do - yet it creates a totally new look! absolutely lovely :)

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  25. I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH link party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  26. I really like white glass of any kind - will have to try this method.

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  27. These look great! I just love white vases. I've tried to paint the inside of vases with craft paint and did not have much luck (paint did not stick). But I have made a few milk glass containers w/ spray paint on the inside. Your method is a lot easier.

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  28. Hi! Saw your project on HOH and had to come check out the fabulous milk glass! I am going to have to try this when I get home this evening. :) Don't you love Hobby Lobby for inexpensive home decor stuff to alter? My home is full of 80% off Hobby Lobby goodies that started out horribly ugly, but after a little spray paint are now fabulous! Thank you for sharing this tut!

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  29. Great Tute, I've got some bottles olive oil bottles with this project written all over them. I really like how the hole-y bottle turned out.


    *noticed a typo (too thick, and too forEVER to cover...)

    Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition Fridays if you like.

    ~ Christy

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  30. This is awesome. I have some pretty ugly vases that Ive been tempted to throw away quite a few times. I think this might just save them!
    Thanks for posting this- Ill be busy tomorrow!

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  31. I definitely love the milk glass look better than the plain glass. Cute vasese!~

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  32. I kinda feel dumb for asking but do you have to worry about the paint if you use as a vase... like after the project is done can you fill with water and flowers and not have the water effect the paint or the flowers drink the color...

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  33. My question is can you put real flowers in these after they are painted or no? I am not a huge fan of fake flowers so I am curious what else you could put in these if you can't use real flowers.

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  34. Steph and Anon,
    That is a GREAT question.....I'm not totally sure of the answer. Alot of the pictures of similar projects I have seen done show real flowers. I'm going to put some water in my vases, and see what happens. I wonder if the paint would make the flowers drink the color....I'll let you know if I figure it out!!

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  35. This is great! I just did this with leftover wall paint and it worked great! I did not water it down, but it still covered really well and looks wonderful!

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  36. whats the difference if you try painting the outside instead?

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  37. super great idea, love it

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