DIY Glitter Vases

Jul 31

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Inspired by many reader requests for a DIY tutorial to recreate the glittery mason jar vases from this New Year’s Eve party, today we’re playing with glitter. A whole lot of glitter! I whipped up two different versions of these glitter vasses, both of which are quick and easy. They’re perfect for parties, weddings or just to add a touch of sparkle to your dining room table. I seriously love how they turned out!

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Supplies –

  • Glass containers (preferably with smooth, straight sides)
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in Wintermint and Bronze from Michaels)
  • Foam brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • ModPodge

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest OccasionDIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

For the first vase I used a small cylindrical vase and using the foam brush, applied a thin and even coat of ModPodge on the interior walls of the vase. Next up, I dumped in a generous amount of glitter and rolling the vase in my hands, tapped the sides to get the glitter to evenly coat the ModPodge.

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Then I just let the vase dry. It takes a few hours, depending on how thick you apply the ModPodge. Any excess glitter can just be scooped up and put back in the original container for reuse. If you miss any spots on the vase, simply apply a second coat using the same technique using a thin layer of ModPodge, then applying glitter and swirling to coat.

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest OccasionDIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

For the second version, I used a mason jar and went for a glitter-dipped look. First up, mark off your jar with a piece of painter’s tape. How much of the surface you want to be covered in glitter will determine where to put the tape. I went about 2/3 of the way up. Then cover the area below the tape with ModPodge using a foam brush.

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest OccasionDIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Next up, I used a copper glitter and coated the outside of the vase. You’ll get a big mess with this one so make sure you have kraft paper or something similar covering your workspace. Then simply fold the paper up like a funnel and sift the excess glitter back into the jar when you’re done. Once the glitter/glue combination is dry, apply an additional thin coat of ModPodge on the outside of the glass (or spray with a spray sealant being sure to protect the area not coated with glitter from getting sprayed) to lock the glitter in place!

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Once everything was nice and dry, I had two of the prettiest vases going! These would also look adorable holding makeup brushes on a vanity or keeping pens and pencils neat and tidy on your desk. Glitter! Seriously, who doesn’t just love glitter?

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest OccasionDIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

DIY glitter vases from The Sweetest Occasion

Many thanks to my lovely friend Alice G. Patterson who is going to be rockin’ out all kinds of awesome DIY shoots with me in the coming months. Stayed tuned for lots more!

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}

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110 thoughts on “DIY Glitter Vases”

  1. so, dumb question.. if there’s glitter inside the vase, does that mean water can or can not go into it. I’m not familiar with modpodge.

    1. So glad you guys like this project – I loved making it!

      @Andie, ModPodge is a glue and a sealant so putting water in the vase is just fine. Over time if you see any of the glitter coming off, you can just do another application, but so far mine is holding up great!

  2. What is the name of the blue glitter? I have to have it for a pair of shoes. I’ve been looking through Martha Stewart’s glitters but their are so many different ones.

  3. I just finished making this. It literally took me 5 minutes. I love projects like that because I have an infant who needs me all the time. 5 minutes is all I have these days. I used purple glitter so I have a fun pen holder for my purple craft room. Can’t wait to fill it with pens once it dries. Thanks for the great easy and FAST project!

    1. Love hearing that, Lynette! Thank you so much for the awesome feedback and congratulations on the new addition to your family, too! xoxo

  4. Hi cyd,

    I love the vases. I think they are beautiful and such a great idea. I immediately ran to Michael’s to try it. I’m usually somewhat crafty, but mine came out un-even and a little blotchy. Any advice? Also, what blue color did you use?

    1. Hi Jess! Which version did you try? For the version where you apply the glitter to the inside, you may just need to do a second coat. Just do another layer of ModPodge over your first layer of glitter and re-glitter. Also, if you happened to just do them, they do look a bit more solid once they dry completely, which can take a few hours. For the glitter on the outside version, just make sure you have a nice even coat of the ModPodge. You don’t want it gloppy or runny, but you do want it to be moderately thick. The colors I used were Wintermint and Bronze. I hope this helps!

    1. Thanks, Courtney! The green vase is holding just one huge white hydrangea – definitely real! I picked it from my friend’s garden as we were shooting. :-)

  5. For the outside glitter vase, would you recommend a “sealer” or sorts to keep the glitter from flaking off? If so, what kind? These are beautiful — a great idea for taking flowers to someone, too!

  6. Just made these and they turned out great! I definitely needed two coats on the inside glitter method and I changed the colors to turquoise and rose quarts to use at a gender reveal party I’m throwing for a friend. I know she’ll love them!!

    1. Hi Libby! I did put it on the bottom of the vase for the “inside” version. For the “outside” version I did not. Hope this helps! :-)

  7. Tell me now tell me now tell me now!!

    What colour is that glitter? Brand, number, name and so on.
    I am dreadful when it comes to my favourite colour, I know what it is, but it’s such an awkward colour and specific shade that it’s so hard to find ANYWHERE – but that blue/green glitter is EXACTLY it! I need lots for my crafting so that info would be grand! ♥

  8. Wow, these look amazing!! Do you know if there are any other adhesives that could be used for this? I don’t know much about adhering glitter to glass. Does the Mod Podge that you used dry completely clear? I want to cover the inside of a glass with glitter, and I wanted to make sure that all the glitter shows up well like yours. It seems like yours dried very clear and didn’t leave smudge marks behind.

    1. Hey Lindsay! Definitely go with the ModPodge or a similar adhesive/glue/sealer intended for decoupage crafts. It dries totally clear and seals as well as acts as a glue. It’s the way to go! ModPodge can be found literally anywhere that has a crafts department – JoAnn Fabric, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, AC Moore, etc.

  9. I love this idea! I was wondering, can water be used in the vase that has been glittered on the inside for flowers? Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Hi Fran! Yes, you can put water in it and it should be fine. If over time you see any of the glitter wearing off you can just reapply using the same technique. So far mine is holding up great!

  10. Hi, I am planning on using this technique for my centerpieces for my wedding reception. What size cylinder vase did you use? I think that size will be perfect!


    1. Hey Brittany! I would image candles would be no problem as long as they aren’t too close to the edge of your container. You could also use a flameless votive, too! The version with the glitter on the outside of the jar would work great with a candle though!

  11. what would you use in vase to keep flowers alive? water/ wet oasis would surely wreck glitter inside jar I think the jars look beautiful by the way and i was going to suggest them to my future sister inlaw for her wedding.

  12. I love this project and I made some similar after seeing your blog. Thanks for the idea. One problem that I have though is that mine get glitter everywhere. Can you give me any tips/ tricks to making the glitter stay. Did I just not dump enough glitter out or not use enough modgepodge?
    They are in gold and rust glitter though for fall and look so stunning when candles are lit in them. I love the way they twinkle.

    1. Hi Jasmine! Another layer of ModPodge on top may do the trick, or you might want to try a clear spray-on sealer, which you can find at places like Lowes and Home Depot with the spray paint. Hope this helps! :-)

  13. I am doing these for my centerpieces as well. I had 8inch cylinder vases and planned on doing the white hydrangea, and when I saw this I was so excited. It brought in a way to bring in blue, which is my other wedding color. I am going to purchase the glitter this week and was wondering how much I should purchase. I found the kind you used at Michaels. I have 8 vases to do. Any guess? I was thinking 4 bottles?

    1. Hi Sam! I would guess you shouldn’t need more than 2 – 3 bottles, but you could always buy 4 to be safe and return them if you have extra. I did my vases over a piece of paper, dumped the glitter on liberally and then carefully poured the extra back into the bottle, so there wasn’t much waste. After doing 2 vases in the same color, I probably still had close to 2/3 of the glitter left. I hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Kate! Yup! The ModPodge is a glue and sealer in one so water in the vases is just fine. If over time you find any of it flaking off, you can just apply another coat, but mine are still holding up great! :-)

  15. I did yesterday and I loved it! I’m a beginner at crafting so it was definitely a great starting place. I just had one problem. When I pick up the jar, the one with the glitter on the outside, the glitter comes off on my hands. Should I put another coat of ModPodge over it or would a sealant be better?


    1. Hi Erika! Yup! Another coat of ModPodge on the outside or a spray sealant will keep all the glitter in place! :-) I’m so glad you love how they turned out.

    1. Hi Caroline! No, I did try mixing the ModPodge and glitter together first, because this way works great, but I could see that working well, too!

  16. I did these for our wedding in Kelly green and royal blue on inside of the vases. They look great! I know the mod podge is white and dries clear. I am planning on putting flowers in them and did a trial of water and after a bit the midge podge became white again. I think I need some sort of sealer. Any thoughts?

  17. Love this idea!! Thank you so much for the tutorial! Two questions – where did you find that size of Martha Stewart glitter (love!) and how did you get your glitter to go on so evenly? No matter how I do it, I can see brush marks even after it dries. :(

    1. Hi Ashley! What kind of brush are you using? I found doing light, thin coats with a foam brush I was able to get it to go on without seeing brush strokes. You can always do additional coats of the ModPodge and glitter to cover up any brush strokes. I hope this helps!

  18. This is an amazing inspiration post! This is perfect for our DIY brides making arrangements because it enables you to make simple arrangement with a pop of edge! Really great for the budget bride! Will share! Thank you!

  19. Hello! I love your glitter in vase idea however I did an experiment trial for a shower I am throwing and I let the modge podge (same brand you used) dry completely then put water in vases and after the water was in vase for 30 mins the mp started turning white and became sticky! HELP!!!

  20. I found you via Whipperberry, and I absolutely LOVE these vases. I’m going to make some for my mother’s day brunch and then give them to my mom, step-mom and sister-in-law afterwards.

    With regards to the inside glitter one…could a person apply more ModPodge over top of the glitter to help seal it, or is that really not necessary? I would hate to give them away and the glitter starts to come off. :)

  21. I LOVE this project! So super cute I’m re-decorating my kitchen and I’m so going to make one of these for my kitchen table! Love your blog. it was so nice meeting you at SNAP!

  22. Hi,
    I would love to try this project and keep these vases around my home. They are so cute and it’s simple too! Now I just want to know what type of flowers you used, to make mine similarly elegant.

    Thank you for posting this, keep up the good work! :)

  23. Oh thanks! I’m not totally in the know when it comes to flowers, so thank you very much, now i can’t wait to try this!

  24. Hello! Just tried this for use in my classroom
    and I love how they turned out!
    One question as I have never used Mod Podge before.
    Since I did the glitter on the inside of the containers, I’m planning to put extra pencils,
    pens and other school supplies in them for the kids to use.
    Is it necessary to seal the inside of the containers so I don’t have any
    glitter scrape off? If so, can I use the same mod podge to seal? It’s drying overnight so I could “seal” tomorrow. Thank you for your help and the great idea!!!

    1. Hi Nicole! You can definitely seal the glitter with another coat of ModPodge on top, or you can use a spray sealant which you can usually found on the same aisle where spray paints are found. Hope this helps! Love the idea of using them in the classroom! :-)

  25. This is so AWESOME!!! I love it. I have been needing something to put my make-up brushes and etc., at school and don’t like bland… this worked so well! Thank you

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