Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ETCETERAS: Homemade Glass Paint

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comOne of my favorite quick-change d├ęcor projects is to paint jars and vases in whatever color is currently inspiring me.

COY2014Last week, I posted about the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid and I since then, I’ve had purple on my mind.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comYou can buy glass paint at craft stores that is permanent – you can air cure it which takes 2-3 weeks or bake it to cure it. Once cured, glass paint is permanent and often times even dishwasher safe.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comFor my project, I made my own “glass paint” that isn’t permanent. But since I like to change things up so often, the temporary paint works fine for me. To make your own glass paint, you’ll need Gloss Mod Podge and craft paint. I wanted a translucent pearlized finish, so the craft paint I used was Martha Stewart Pearl finish in Purple Martin.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comMix the Gloss Mod Podge and the craft paint in a container. My best guess for my ratio was about a 1/4 cup of Mod Podge and 2 teaspoons of paint.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comWith a very soft paint brush, paint your glass evenly in one direction. I started vertically with my paint strokes. Try to apply the paint evenly and don’t go over any brush strokes. Let your glass dry for 30 minutes. Apply a second coat in the opposite direction. Use a very light touch with your paint brush. Because the Mod Podge is water soluble, you can simply wash off the paint if you make a mistake or want to start over. I started over twice before I got the brush strokes fairly even.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comOnce the second coat is dry, you can embellish your jars. I covered the tops of the jars with gold floral wire to give them a little pizzazz and hide the jar tops.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comThe pearl finish shimmers in the light but the jars are still translucent.

Homemade Glass Paint via homework | carolynshomework.comSome delicate Baby’s Breath and Eucalyptus are just enough to add a fresh feel to the vases and since the paint is on the outside of the jars, you can put water in them for your flowers. Once you’re tired of the color, soak the jars in warm soapy water and the paint will peel right off. For now I’m going to enjoy the inspiration of Radiant Orchid.

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  1. That is really pretty. I really like mod podge to mix with paint
    It always turns out great I think

  2. Carolyn, these are beautiful. I love the new purple. I love this technique, so simple and turns out so nice. I love that you can use any color you like and change it out with your mood... which is often for me... Cathy

  3. Beautiful! Love the gold accent you added. It is good to know that changing the color is so easy!


  5. You did a great job, Carolyn. I am inspired by the purple and the wire wrapped around the neck of the vase. You are so creative. Pinned.

  6. Wow that is really lovely Carolyn! It's a "radiant" idea and you did it so well.

  7. These are beautiful! I think the purple is perfect for adding a splash of color to any room.

    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday (


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