DIY: Colored Chalkboard Vases
March 21, 2011
Greetings, I hope you had a lovely weekend! I spent mine mostly indoors with big rainstorms hitting our area, so I had a little fun inside doing some crafting.
I had two quarts of tinted chalkboard paint sitting in my garage, waiting for some projects I plan to get to in the near future. I couldn’t resist the idea of ‘sampling’ the colors this past weekend making some colored chalkboard vases. Fun fun fun! Something about the notion of leaving sentimental or seasonal notes on glass appealed to me, so I tinkered around creating a few versions around the house.
Every time I bring home fresh flowers, whether from the grocery store or farmer’s market, my 7 year old asks me for a single stem for her room. Love that! I thought it would be sweet to make a little chalkboard vase for her in a bright colored paint , one where I could write little encouraging notes or endearing sentiments.
This bud vase was created with Rust-Oleum’s ‘Raspberry’ shade.
And this gray label with Hudson Paint’s ‘So Stone’ tint:
This is such a fun way to personalize vases, whether for you, or for a housewarming gift, or perhaps someone recovering from illness. These make a great gift for friends too!
How to Make Colored Chalkboard Vases, Supplies You’ll Need:
Clear glass vase of choice
Frosted glass spray paint
X-Acto knife or box cutter
Chalk or chalk ink markers (found at craft stores)
Begin by taping off any sections of your glass vase you do not wish to coat with tinted chalkboard paint. Both of these tinted chalkboard paints are water based, so to give them the very best adhesion to glass, I used a frosted glass spray paint to act as a primer. Frosted glass spray paint is designed to adhere to glass, and it dries quickly (in less than 10 minutes!) so it makes the perfect ‘primer’ for giving your tinted chalkboard paint staying power. Give your vase two good coats.
Next, apply two to three layers of the colored chalkboard paint to the vase, directly on top of the frosted glass spray paint. Allow it to dry between coats.
If you wish to carve out any pattern on the glass, like with the gray label version seen above, use the X-acto knife or box cutter to do so. A Silhouette craft cutter would also do the job just as nicely.
After your paint layers are dry, carefully peel off your packaging tape. Any rough edges can be carefully corrected with a small flat head screwdriver.
After a few coats of paint, you have a perfectly fantastic surface for writing notes with chalk.
Or if you’ve discovered the wonder of chalk ink pens, you can leave your sentiments in different colors. Whoever invented chalk ink pens is a complete genius !!
I created this second version for me, for welcoming in the seasons.
I just love it!
And another fun use of that chalk ink . . . I’m completely addicted.
Please send help right away.
After experimenting with the two tinted paints from Rust-Oleum and Hudson, I got curious and concocted my own shade in this chalkboard paint color.
Oh yes you can make your very own colored chalkboard paint!
More on how I made this version later this week.
(Spoiler alert: I am not the first!)
Have you discovered the wonders of colored chalkboard paint? Is it possible you are as addicted as I am ? Leave a link to your project in a comment, I’d sure love to see it !