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DIY Gold Vases: Three Versions

Gold is often the forgotten element in St. Patrick’s Day parties, but this glitzy color is so trendy now, making it the perfect time to bring it front and center to create a festive and modern party style.

I love repurposing old items and giving them a new look, and these vases are the simplest form of repurposing I’ve come across yet. Not only are they incredibly inexpensive, but also they are also simple and quick to make, so much so that you can go to your local thrift store to buy the vases in the morning, and have them dry and adorned with flowers by lunchtime.

The collection of vases shows you 3 different looks you can achieve by using one supply chest of gold paints, leaving you with a variety of styles and endless possibilities to put your own stamp on your next party.


  • Shamrock Stencil
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Gold Glass Paint
  • Gold Glitter Spray Paint
  • Gold Permanent Marker
  • Foam Brush
  • Tape
  • Vases in various shapes and sizes
  • Twine (optional, not used)

For a solid gold and clean glass vase (silhouette vase)



Step 1: Secure the tape (in this case I used painting tape) to create the pattern you would like to remain gold free onto the vase.



Step 2: Spray on your solid gold paint in an even spray across the area that is not covered in tape. In some cases you may need to apply a second coat.



Step 3: Once dry carefully remove the tape and fill with flowers.


For a part solid, part shimmery vase (see round vase)

Step 1: Secure the tape across the area that you want to have the lighter gold painted effect.

Step 2: Spray paint the expose glass with the gold spray paint and allow it to dry. Then, spray with the gold glitter paint to offer that subtle glitter effect.

Step 3: Once dry, remove the tape and then paint the glass-paint across the clean surface in as many brush strokes as needed to reach the depth of gold you are after.

Step 4: Once dry, fill with flowers.


For a part solid, part shimmery vase (see tall vase)

Step 1: Use the gold pen to paint the inside of the ridges of the vase.

Step 2: Spray paint the glass with the gold glitter spray paint and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Once dry, fill it with flowers.


Note: For more complicated projects you can fasten twine to the glass in a spiral and created a string effect on the glass. This vase is not shown.

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