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Something that you will never fail to find at Goodwill... VASES. I've never been to a Goodwill that didn't have tons and tons of vases - which is why this DIY is so great! Turn plain glass vases into faux pottery vases with just a few simple steps. Keep reading to see how! 


Head to one of our local Goodwill stores and head on back to the house wares section! You'll see tons of vases of all shapes and sizes. Grab as many as you want for this project - the more different the shapes and sizes, the better. This part is supposed to be easiest, but it was pretty tough for me ;) I'm super indecisive when it comes to choosing the simplest little things... so don't be like me and over think this! Any glass vase will work - no matter how big or small.


Once you've picked out your vases, if you don't already have some at home head to a big box or craft store and buy some bottles of acrylic paint. I bought some bottles of DecoArt from Joann Fabrics for only 1 dollar a piece! While you're there, you'll also want to grab some sponge brushes. Regular paint brushes will work just as well, I just wanted to add in a textured affect to one or two of my vases. 

You can choose as many colors as you want - They can be all the same color, or they can all be different! I chose Burnt Orange for the holiday season and Light Buttermilk - a simple soft neutral. You will also need some simple baking soda in order to get the texture of the "clay".

Lastly, Krylon Colormaxx flat clear coat. This is optional. If you think your vases might be used/moved around a lot and need a protective coat, this is your stuff!


Mix your paint and baking soda. I didn't really measure this, I just sort of eye balled it. The trick it to just keep adding in baking soda until you reach a thicker bubbling consistency shown here. Once it starts to have bubbles, you know you have the right consistency!


Start painting! Once you have your baking soda mixed in, start painting away. Don't worry that your first coat looks a little rough and streaky - we will be adding a few more coats on top of this one! 


Don't forget to paint the tops of the insides. You definitely don't have to paint the entire inside, but make sure to cover the tops that are visible!


Once you paint your entire first coat, this is what it should look like! It will be streaky and it won't cover the whole surface, but that's okay because we have more coats! 

Before you apply your second coat, make sure you're entire first coat is dry, or it will peel off as you start to paint on the second coat. 

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After 2 or 3 coats (whichever you prefer) let them dry, spray a coat of clear coat on them if you want, and VOILA! You're vases now look like beautiful ceramic pieces! 

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