Target’s Dollar Spot area always has some fun and inexpensive home décor items. Especially if you are looking to upcycle and personalize some cute items for your own home. Recently, I found this trio of small bud vases that are adorable on their own but I tried a simple paint technique to make them in to these colorful painted confetti bud bases.
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This post is part of the Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. If you are visiting from Ann’s site, The Apple Street Cottage, then welcome! I know you will enjoy Ann’s Wood Trinket Box Makeover project this month. At the very bottom of this post, I will be directing you back to the next stop on this blog hop venture. But don’t forget to check out all of the talented bloggers participating this month during the week as well.
The inspiration for this project came from scrolling through Pinterest (of course).
When I saw these small bud vases at Target’s Dollar Spot, for a great price at only $3 for the set.
I put them in my cart knowing I would eventually figure out something to do with them.
On the drive home I remembered the pin I had seen for a vase painted in a confetti dot pattern and knew that repeating the process would be so easy on these three small vases.
From my craft room stash I pulled out two blue acrylic paints for multi-surfaces, and one bright yellow paint. I knew this type of paint would stick easily to the glass surface.
I started my first layer of small dots in the darker shade of blue going all around the lower half of the bud vase. I allowed that layer to dry for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Then I switched to the lighter shade of blue and filled in with small dots mixed with the darker dots.
Sorry for the slightly fuzzy photos. Taking close up pictures of tiny glass vases was a bit of a challenge since the painted dots on all sides were visible and makes it look out of focus.
Again, I let that layer of paint dry for 15 minutes, and then started filling in with the yellow painted dots.
There wasn’t really a pattern or a method I was trying to follow when applying the dots. Except to make sure that no two dots of the same color were too close to each other. At least on the first layer for each color.
On the second layer of each color, the idea is just to fill in the empty spots with painted dots as much as possible working around the entire lower level of the vase.
Paint lots of dots!
The third and forth passes (or more) around the vases will mostly fill in with whatever color seems to need more painted dots in any of the three paint colors.
I also randomly applied painted dots above the line of the lower half on the vases so that the dots appeared to fade up to the opening. This was my personal preference on the look but you will figure out as you go along of how heavy the application of painted dots you want and the predominant color.
There really isn’t a right or wrong way to using this paint technique.
Just add as many dots of colored paint and stacked then together as much as you feel like it, and in any pattern.
The final step, after allowing the paint to dry for a few days, was to apply a coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to seal the paint permanently on the vase.
This was a simple and fun, and stress free type of project. It only required a little patience to paint so many dots around the bud vases to create these colorful painted confetti bud vases.
If you can’t find the bud vases at your local Target, you can easily recreate this same look for recycled jars or old vases of any type.
Pin For Later
Next in line in this month’s Creative Craft Hop is Jenna from The Painted Apron with her St. Patrick’s Day Lantern project. But don’t forget to check out the list below for all of the talented bloggers and their projects for this month.
Japanese Glass Float DIY – Tie One On!
Plain to Pretty: A Wood Trinket Box Makeover
DIY Faux Wooden Dough Bowl Candle
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath: Easy, Adorable, & Inexpensive!
How to Make An Easy Fabric Carrot
Forgot to ask when I commented the first time how you applied the dot. Did you use a brush?
I used very small paint brushes but a Q-tip would work just as well.
These are amazing, Donna! So simple to make and turned out so cute. I should definitely give them a try
Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife says
You got those vases for a steal! The dot painting tip was perfect for those little guys! They turned out so cute, and the colors are perfect for going into spring. Happy hopping with you!
Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife
Thanks Niki. Glad you were part of the hop this month too.
Oooo Donna, these are gorgeous. I love the pretty colour mix and the simplicity of the technique. I keep all kinds of glass jars and containers that have a nice or interesting shape, this could be a lovely way to make them look more special.
Thanks and I am glad you liked it. I will be using this idea again too.
Decorate & More with Tip Terrie says
The vases turned out so cute and seems very easy to make. Thanks for the inspiration, pinning to make me a couple this Spring.
Super cute Donna! I love Target’s $ spot, such a treasure trove! I love these sweet mini vases and the dot pattern looks so pretty!
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Donna, I love the rich looking color design the dots created on the vases! I know they’re dots but somehow they look more than just dots to me – they look like a beautiful decorative design and a lovely creation using colorful dots!
Your bud vases are so pretty now, Donna. This is a great idea and would work on all sorts of plain glass vases and bottles. Thanks for sharing!
I love bottle vases and these are super cute, Donna! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
What a transformation! You chose the perfect bud vases for this project – such great shapes. I love how versatile this project is – you could do this with almost any color to fit your decor. Going to be on the look out for the perfect glass vases to give this a try.
Thanks Tammy. This was a fun little project. I am going to make more to use up some of the glass jars in my stash.
These are absolutely beautiful Donna; and just the way I like to see dots in front of my eyes lol. Our target stores are long since gone; I’m envious of the great bottles you found there!
Thanks Sara. These were fun and I will try this out again.