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DIY-Faux Galvanized Vases

May 21, 2018

Upcycle your old vases into cute, galvanized, farmhouse-style vases using paint.

Let’s face it, everybody has a few of these in their cupboards from flower delivers on special occasions. If you don’t, don’t sweat it. Quite honestly, they can be picked up at thrift stores and yard sales for pennies on the dollar.

A quick disclaimer: I did not seal these vases after painting. Even though the inside is not painted, I plan on inserting another container for fresh flowers. Dried flowers or branches won’t need anything. You can seal them, if desired. If you do, keep in mind the finish (even if the sealer is matte) will add a sheen to the painted surface.

Things You Will Need:

Clear glass flower vases
Silver or chrome spray paint
White, black and gray acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Paper plate
Jute rope

What To Do:

Step 1: Clean the surface of a clear glass flower vase using glass cleaner and a paper towel.

Clean and Spray Paint

Step 2: Place the vase upside down on a protected surface and lightly spray using silver or chrome spray paint. Allow the paint to dry. Note: Keep it light to avoid drips. The surface does not need a a solid, heavy application.

Step 3: Turn the vase over and lightly spray again, including the rim. Allow the paint to dry.

Galvanize Paint Technique

Step 4: Pour a small amount of white acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dip the stencil brush in the paint. Wipe off the paint on a paper towel until it is slightly wetter than damp. Randomly pounce the white over the surface of the vase. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 using black acrylic paint.

Step 6: Repeat Step 4 using gray acrylic paint.


Step 7: Cut a length of jute rope long enough to wrap around your vase and tie into a bow. I cut 30″ lengths for my vases and trimmed away the excess. I also unraveled the plies for a fuller bow.

Step 8: Attach the rope to your vase.


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