Beautiful vases created after visiting op-shop

Warren Lynam

A BEAUTIFUL vase doesn't need to cost a fortune.

You can transform tired old glass jars into elegant vases with not much more than some paint and a little patience.

This is such an fun project and the stunning end results require minimal effort.

First collect up some glass jars. It doesn't matter what shape or size, but it does make it easier if they have wide tops.

I went to the Neighbours Aid Community Store in Maroochydore and picked up some cheapie glass bottles. You could also raid the kitchen pantry for mason jars.

Thanks to the half-price sale at the op-shop it cost $5 for five pieces. Make sure you wash and properly dry the glass jars. Any leftover water or sediment will cause imperfections in the sheen. Use warm soapy water.

You can buy small pots of Dulux sample paint from Bunnings Warehouse for less then $7 each. There are hundreds of colours to choose from. You can elect for bright tropical hues or romantic pastels.

I opted for Mykonos blue, Baby Tone pink and Tapioca aqua. White paint also works well as it reflects the greens of the glass jars.

Pour about 5cm of paint into plastic cups, which are available from almost any supermarket for less than $2. Pour paint into the glass jar and swirl in a circle.

Make sure to cover the entire inside surface. Once this is complete, pour out the excess paint. If the glass jars have small openings, use the syringe to pump in the paint.

The glass jars need a few days to dry. Place them upside in the plastic cups. It is a good idea to periodically wipe excess enamel from the rim with a damp cloth during the first hour. Otherwise a quick rub with turpentine will do the trick.

These bottles are not safe for water or food storage, in case the coating started chipping. But they do look fantastic with flowers or as utensil holders.

Total cost $28



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