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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107 thoughts on “DIY Glitter Vases”

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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! :-)

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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. :)

  8. 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!

  9. 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! :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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! :-)

  12. 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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