Have you seen the beautiful vases that are circulating around Pinterest? I know I loved what I saw, but when I clicked the link, there were no instructions for how to make them! So I attempted to make my own, and loved the results.
What you need:
- Glass Vases
- Spray paint in a turquoise color, or another light shade
- Liquid gold leaf, like this kind from Amazon. –This stuff is not safe to be used with contact with food.
- Sandpaper (120 grit is fine)
- Rubber gloves
- Spray paint topcoat (matte)
Here’s what I did:
- Buy some glass vases from your local thrift store. The more intricate the crystal pattern, the prettier the result.
- Clean the vases off so you have a clear surface to paint on.
- PUT ON GLOVES
- Pour a few drops of the liquid leaf into the bottom of the vase. Have the vase on a surface that can get paint on it, and turn the vase upside down so the liquid in the bottom run down the sides of the vase. Swirl the vase if needed to get as much as possible of the inside covered.
- Paint a thin layer of liquid leaf on the outside of the vase. This is an optional step, but will help the gold shine through better.
- Let the liquid leaf dry.
- Spray paint the outside of the vase in the color of your choice. It is a good idea to wear gloves in case any rogue spray paint shoots out. Make sure to get the bottom of the vase, and sometimes this is missed when spraying the outside.
- Let the spray paint dry.
- Sand off spray paint on any of the glass ridges, and to the desired amount you would like. The more the sandpaper, the more aged it will look.
- Spray paint the final layer of clear matte topcoat.