I’ve said this a lot of times, but sometimes I have an idea and just want to execute it — whether it seems like a good one or not.  I had an idea to throw some paint in a jar, let it drop and see if it would be a fun vase… so here it is!

PS – I already had all these items on hand, so this cost $0. Always a win.

Paint Dripped Vase

What you’ll need:

  • Jar
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper towels
  • Oven

After we finish pasta sauce, I’ll soak them in water to pull the labels off, wash them, and keep them for crafts — so I believe this jar used to hold alfredo sauce.  Pull your jar out, and make sure it’s clean.  Then choose a color of paint you want to drip down it.  I went with blue — shocker.

Squeeze some of the blue paint into the bottom of the jar. You’ll need enough to make it drip down the sides, but not too much where everything is coated, so it’s a balance.

Turn the jar upside down and tilt it, so the paint starts going down the sides.  You can turn it to control where the paint drips some, but ultimately it’ll do what it (and gravity) wants.

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Once most of the paint is dripping down how you like it, fold a paper towel and put the jar on top of it – still upside down – to dry.  If you don’t like how the paint drip looks, you can wash it out and start over.

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I wanted the paint to be somewhat permanent and not wash away when water is put in it, so I followed the same directions when painting wine glasses to bake it:

Let the paint sit and dry for 4 days on your paper towel.  Bake the jar for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.  Pull it out of the oven and let it cool.

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If you want to have multiple colors or layers of paint in there, then you would just repeat the process for each color (if you did all the colors at once, they’d blend together).

I ended up getting a similar, but different shade of blue and repeating the process on top of the first layer. Once the jar is cool for the last time, it’s ready to become a vase.  Fill with water, and some flowers, and you’ve got a funky vase!

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Since you can choose any colors to do this with, you can get really creative and make custom ones for whatever room or event you want!  What colors would you use in a paint dripped vase?

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