Ombre Vase DIY

After I moved into a new house in October last year, I realized something about myself: I'm a glass bottle hoarder. I've saved every interesting shaped wine bottle, canning jar, candle holder and Valentine's Day bouquet vase since college. I haven't done much with them other than just storing them in my limited kitchen cabinet space, but I recently stumbled across an interesting DIY that elevates the standard glass container to a beautiful showpiece.

The best thing is that this is the easiest DIY project I've ever done. Once you have the materials, the execution of the project only takes about 5 minutes.I'll never buy another expensive designer vase again!  

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>> Vase, jar or bottle
>> Spray paint in the color of your choice (I like to use Rust-Oleum)
>> If using a bottle with a label on it then you want to use warm water and rubbing alcohol to remove it


1. If your bottle still has the label on, then soak the container in warm water for about 20 minutes or until the label starts to detach from the surface. Peel the label off and touch up any residue by rubbing the area with rubbing alcohol. If the residue is particular difficult to get off, then you can apply some Goo-Gone.

2.Once the bottle is prepared, move to a well-ventilated area. Flip you container so the bottom is facing up. Grab your spray paint and spray the bottom of the vase, moving in a circular pattern at a fairly close distance so the paint doesn't get on the sides of the vase yet.

3. After the bottom is complete covered with the paint, start moving your hand in a circular motion spiraling up so your hand gets farther from the vase. This motion will naturally cause speckling on the sides of the vase creating the ombre effect.

4. Wait about 20-30 minutes until the vase is dry.

5. Style with flowers or a candle and enjoy!

You can even try to upcylce an old planter, table lamp base, candle stick holder or bowl using this method. The possibilities are endless!