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DIY: Gold Bottle Vases

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Last week Dan bought me a bunch of tulips – my favourite flower at this time of year. I was surprised when I couldn’t find a vase in my collection that was an appropriate size – everything was either too wide at the opening or too short. I spotted a glass pasta sauce bottle in the recycling bin near where I keep the vases – the perfect size for a bunch of tulips! The next morning I ran out to grab 2 more pasta sauce bottles (because 3 is always more fun than 1!) and I thought of a way that I could easily ‘glitz up’ the vases a bit. This is such a simple DIY!


What you’ll need:
– 3 pasta sauce bottles, or any bottles of a similar size
– Thin masking tape – I used 1/4″ thick, available at any craft store
– Gold marker pens – one with a thick tip and one with a thin tip. I suggest the Liquitex brand that I used as it worked very easily on the glass. Check to make sure that the paint you choose will work and stay on glass before you buy it.
– Newspaper to keep your surface clean


Using your masking tape, make the striped pattern on the bottle. I chose to leave a fair bit of the glass not painted and I also made my stripes a bit thinner and further apart as they got near the top of the bottle. I added in a few rows of dots just for fun and contrast. As always, there is no right or wrong way to plan your pattern, but once you put the paint on there is not an easy way to get it off!


These paint markers are super easy to use and dry quite quickly. I found that with the thinner stripes I needed to apply 2 coats of paint; the larger stripes were fine with just 1. Once the paint is dry you can remove the tape (I let it sit for about half an hour).

This trio is the perfect size for a bunch of tulips. The vase opening is big enough that a single vase can fit a bunch of 10 tulips but it also looks great with just 3 stems. I can’t wait until peony season – these vases will be blooming the whole month of June!


The paint does stay on when you wash the vases, but I have not tried putting this in the dishwasher. I suggest just rinsing the bottles by hand to keep them clean 🙂




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  1. Amy

    April 8th, 2015 at 11:06 am

    What a gorgeous and simple idea! Definitely one I’ll be trying!

    Amy x

  2. Emily H

    April 8th, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you Amy! I’m glad you like it, it was super easy to do! Thanks for stopping by and the comment! xo

  3. Hayley-Eszti

    April 8th, 2015 at 11:50 am

    These are fab! I want to give this tutorial a go, so simple but so effective!

  4. Emily H

    April 17th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Yay!! Thanks Hayley! It really was so simple! I hope you like them as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by and the comment 🙂

  5. Anissa

    April 17th, 2015 at 7:03 am

    That looks really gorgeous, it’s a really good idea!
    I really like your blog, need to add it to my blogroll immediately!

  6. Emily H

    April 17th, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Thanks so much!! I need to figure out this blogroll thing…thank you for bringing my attention to it! I’m going to look into adding one to my page 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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