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. 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. :-)

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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