A glitter vase makes an inexpensive and easy decoration idea for both a wedding or Christmas DIY centerpieces. Make your centerpiece glass vase using either one you already have on hand or Dollar Tree vases, along with some glitter and Mod Podge. The end result is stunning! Make your party or holiday event look fabulous. Scroll down to see them lit from the inside with tea lights!
Why I Love This Glitter Vase
For my daughter’s wedding, we wanted to incentivize her to stay on budget and allow us to DIY most of her decor. To do so, we set her a very modest budget for the whole wedding. Next, we told her whatever she did not spend, we would double and give to her as cash. We felt it allowed her to use her creativity to stretch a dollar and give her the opportunity to start off her marriage with a bit of extra cash in savings. She did an amazing job! And, you’ll find many of the projects we did to save money here on the blog.
Since my daughter’s wedding theme was “Winter Wonderland,” you will see many pieces that sparkle and shine like this glitter vase tutorial! Even if your event has a different theme, you will find most ideas in the budget wedding series can easily be used no matter the color scheme or season. In fact, I’ve carefully packed away all of the wedding decor since there are 5 more kids behind my daughter. I know they will be flexible enough to work in any wedding or party setting.
Vases for Centerpieces
We all know those table centerpieces are the major statement piece for a wedding reception. So, this is where a little extra effort and detail will pay off. It will come by the number of compliments and comments your guests make. They will be staring at them much of the evening, so give them something beautiful to look at, besides the happy couple of course!
I saw this idea over on Organize Your Stuff Now and knew they would be the perfect treatment for the centerpiece vases. I bought 12 cheap vases at the Dollar Tree, then some matte-finished Mod Podge and glitter. You will have both Mod Podge and glitter left over, but don’t worry…..I will show you how to use your leftovers in other wedding decor posts!
What is a Glitter Vase
A glitter vase is a decorative vase that is usually made from an inexpensive glass vase that is covered in any color of glitter using Mod Podge. It is often used as a centerpiece for weddings or parties and looks beautiful with lights or candles inside.
How To Make a Glitter Vase
Simplicity is key for making a glitter vase. Go to the Dollar Tree and grab an inexpensive glass vase if you don’t have one on hand.
Time needed: 2 hours.
How to Make a Glitter Vase
- Select and clean the glass vase
It’s important for the vase to be clean so the glitter will stick properly.
- Use painter’s tape to cover anywhere you don’t want glitter on the vase.
Be cautious and be sure the lines are level and press down well to create a tight seal so it doesn’t leak.
- Apply the Mod Podge all over the outside of the vase.
The Mod Podge will go on white but will dry completely clear.
- Apply the glitter
Do this over a sheet of paper so you can collect and reuse any glitter that falls off the vase.
- Allow the vase to dry
This can take about 1-2 hours depending on the climate inside your home.
- Seal the glitter with a top coat
Thin the Mod Podge with some water and gently apply it over the top of the glitter.
- Remove the painter’s tape
If you wait to do this until the topcoat dries, you risk removing glitter from the vase.
- Allow the vase to dry
It is best to let the finished glitter vase to dry overnight.
To begin these glitter vases, Use any type of masking tape and tape off where you want your glitter to end. Use your fingernail to press down the edge of the tape firmly so the glue won’t leak under the tape. If you have more patience than me, you could also do some fun stripes instead of solid glitter. That was my initial plan but as you can tell by my dark pictures, my day was drawing to a close and I needed to be quick! No stripes for me. Oh well.
Use a brush loaded with Mod Podge and cover the vase with glue. Don’t worry that it is white because it dries clear. When you are applying the Mod Podge close to the tape, only brush down into the glue area and not up into the tape. Again, we are trying to keep the glue from leaking under the tape where we don’t want it!
Lay down a clean piece of paper and generously cover the glue area with glitter. Gently knock the vase on the work surface and look for areas that are thin or missing glitter then add some more. Carefully pour the excess glitter back into your glitter container from your clean piece of paper. Set the vase aside to dry. You will know when the Mod Podge is dry because it will dry clear and all you will see is the glitter.
Once the Mod Podge has dried, add a bit of water to a small bowl of Modge Podge to thin it out. You need this layer thinner so it will be easier to spread over the glitter. Again, load your brush with the thinned Mod Podge and cover the glitter with a thin layer. Remove the tape after this second layer has been applied, before the glue dries. This second layer will keep any glitter from falling off the vase, and again, don’t worry because it dries completely clear.
Glitter Vase FAQs & Troubleshooting
To put glitter on a vase, you need some Mod Podge to allow the glitter to adhere to the surface but will dry completely clear so the glitter will be the star. After the glitter is completely dry, you’ll need to thin out some Mod Podge with water and use it as a topcoat over the whole vase to keep the glitter from falling off.
Can I use any color of glitter?
Yes, any color of glitter will work well in this project. I used clear glitter since I wanted the candlelight to shine through. Any glitter will work with this same technique. Just keep in mind that non-translucent glitter will create a glitter vase that will not allow candlelight or twinkle lights to shine through.
Will this work on a ceramic vase?
Yes, you can certainly use a ceramic vase and transform it into a glitter vase. The process would be exactly the same. The only difference would be that the end result is not transparent for a candle or light to shine through. If you have unused vases sitting around, this project will completely transform them.
How to wash a glitter vase
Do not put your glitter vase into the dishwasher. Unfortunately, they are not dishwasher safe but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them clean. The inside can be hand washed and the outside can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
Does the Mod Podge dull the glitter?
Mod Podge is a bit of magic for DIY projects like this glitter vase. It dries completely clear and does not dull the glitter at all. While I used a matte Mod Podge, you can also purchase a high gloss Mod Podge for even more shine to the finished product. Please note, even though the high gloss version says it is dishwasher safe, I would not put these in the dishwasher.
Help! The glitter came off when I removed the tape.
It is important to remove the painter’s tape right after the topcoat of the Mod Podge is applied. If you wait until the top coat dries, it is likely you will pull off some of the glitter along with the tape. Forgot to remove the tape in time? Use a sharp razor blade and gently run it along the edge of the tape to create a crisp line in the dried Mod Podge. If you still have some uneven spots, use a fine brush and some extra glitter to fill them in.
If you happen to get some Mod Podge under the tape as I did, just let it dry completely. Once dry, use your fingernail or another hard surface to gently scrape it away.
Don’t think you have to limit yourself to just using these vase centerpieces for a wedding. They look gorgeous all decked out for the holidays as a Christmas vase as well.
Just so you could see the effect, I put a few tea candles at the bottom of these three. For the wedding, we will use battery-powered tea lights at the bottom of each of the centerpieces. Then fill them with all sorts of gorgeous stuff! You will have to come back to see what all that gorgeous stuff is 🙂
I have a whole series on throwing a wedding on a budget that is simply gorgeous! You can see all 16 different articles by clicking here.
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Angie Taylor says
My concern is when to remove the blue tape. I want to make sure I remove it at the right time so that the glitter doesn’t peel away!
Hey Angie! I tried removing it after the bottom layer of Mod Podge and glitter were added, but then when I added the top layer of Mod Podge, it got onto the glass where the tape used to be. So, as the post states, I decided to remove the tape right after the top layer of mod Podge was applied, before it dries. Good luck!
You have a beautiful smile and a great looking family!
I like glitter and sparkles and shiny things,so this project
was fun for me… I used a violet colored glitter and it
turned out so pretty!
Thanks so much Raquel 🙂
Toinette January says
Hey Carole, I am wanting to do these for a wedding, is there a certain type of glitter you used (fine, ultra fine) and how much did you use for maybe 5 vases? I am trying to figure out how much glitter I need to purchase.
I used about 3/4 of a bottle I bought at Walmart for all 12 vases. The glitter pieces were actually quite large but any size will work.
Renell Forrester says
Easy and cheap I’m hoping. I’m planning a winter baby shower for my daughter with snowflakes as a theme. I’m thinking of cutting out snowflake images pasted on each vase, then glittering. Then taking the snowflake off and lightly glittering over it so the light will still shine through the open images of the snowflake lightly. What do you think? I might use iridescent white glitter initially then maybe silver over. I’d love to see any images of other DIY projects you have for this type of theme and any other ideas. My colors are white and grey, keeping it light and airy since we don’t know what sex the baby is. Invites will be “Baby It’s Cold Outside?” Thanks for your help
Hey Renell! Those sound beautiful and think that should work well. If you look at my categories under “Wedding” you will find all the DIY items I made for my daughter’s wedding. Good luck!
Can you get the glitter too thick?
As long as you are only adding one layer of mod podge and glitter, nope.
How much glitter did you use for 12 vases?
Hi Meghan! I bought a big bottle and only used about 1/4 of it.