DIY (Paint Swirl Vases)

Today I have a super cool and simple DIY project to share with you.  I saw some gorgeous blue paint swirled vases on Centsational Girl and I wanted to try to replicate the look with pink and gold.  I’m giddy over the final result!

You only need craft paint and a clear vessel.  I used two shades of pink and a gold. 
Since my vases were small, I dropped a quarter-sized dollop of each color of paint into the bottom and started swirling the vase until the paint covered the entire inner surface. 

The large pink swirl was created when I added more pink paint because I didn’t think I had poured enough inside.  You need patience to swirl the paint slowly.  

I turned them over to dry, at first on a paper towel, but then I switched to wax paper so I wouldn’t end up with any fuzz from the paper towel.  

When I turned the vase upside down, some of the paint started running down, changing the shape of the swirls I previously had. 

I put a few stems inside before they were completely dry, so there isn’t any water in them yet. 

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I also tried a solid gold vase, which I really like.  

You could make these vases with any combination of paint colors and any size vase.  I think I must be paint happy lately because I have another paint project up for you tomorrow!
And it’s O M B R E 🙂 



  1. August 1, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    I have a few glass vases and was going to put them in a garage sale…I might give your paint idea a try!

  2. August 1, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    I love how they turned out. I have a bunch of clear glass vases/jars just laying around. Will have to try this!!

  3. August 1, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    They look great! Thanks for my next project! 🙂

  4. August 1, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I just saw paint swirled jars at Anthropologie that I wanted to try and recreate. So thanks for posting this! I am going to give it a try today.

  5. August 1, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    Love those Megan!! I"ve been wanting to make some too! Great job. 🙂

  6. Jennifer H
    August 1, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    Hi Megan! You can do this same project with clear glass christmas ornaments, use less paint though, same effect and so pretty on your tree!

  7. August 1, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    Super cute!!! We used to use this technique with glass ornaments for Christmas when I was little.


  8. Colleen
    August 1, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    so pretty Megan. I think these would be a good idea for a bridal or baby shower for inexpensive centerpieces.

  9. August 1, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Hmmm did you get my comment? Anyway, hope you saw it and I love these vases!

  10. April of A. Liz Adventures
    August 1, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    Great DIY! Just curious, can you put water in it? Or will that take the paint off?

    • August 1, 2012 / 2:15 pm

      If the vase is still wet, the paint will come off- that happened with my gold vase, so I ended up pouring the water and paint out and starting again. I'm still waiting for them to dry completely to test with water. I think it takes at least two days for them to dry completely.

  11. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    August 1, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Those are so pretty. I need to try this!

  12. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    August 1, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    So pretty! I love the touches of color you're adding everywhere! I made these at christmas time using clear glass ornaments…i was bummed about the paint dripping out while drying, too. But so cool once fully dry!

  13. leanne
    August 1, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    These are super cute! What a fun little project!

  14. One Creative Momma
    August 1, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    How pretty! I think I might have to try this myself.


  15. August 1, 2012 / 10:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try this. I love your blog and it always inspires me to organize and decorate my home 🙂

  16. August 2, 2012 / 12:26 am

    That's really cute. I need to do this soon!

  17. August 2, 2012 / 1:35 am

    Oooh, so pretty! I've been hanging onto some "blah" vases that I'd love to try this on.

  18. August 2, 2012 / 2:41 am

    The result is just lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    August 1, 2012 / 10:11 pm

    Ahhhh! These are so so cute! I LOVE them. I am already thinking about what colors to try and where to put them. I have one million glass vases. Super cute, girl.

  20. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    August 1, 2012 / 11:19 pm

    They are gorgeous, looks like that sand art! I must try this 🙂

  21. August 2, 2012 / 6:25 am

    So pretty, easy and economical, wow. Love them, so so awesome. Easier than dyeing the ball jars. Have to do that, you even used inexpensive acrylic paints. Love loving it. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    Can you please tell me how much of color (in ounce) did you pour for the gold colored vase?

    • August 2, 2012 / 1:35 pm

      Great question- but I don't know the answer. It was about a nickel to quarter size of each paint. Hope that helps!

  23. August 2, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Just "pinned" this! SUCH a great project!! 🙂

  24. Lili
    August 3, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    oooh, i will totally try this !!! thanks for sharing !!!

  25. jen
    August 5, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    can you please update on whether the water took the paint off or not. thank you.

    • August 5, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Hi Jen. Yes, water took the gold paint off so I'm not chancing it with my pretty pink ones! They'll be on display in my office without anything in them or with faux flowers or branches that don't need water:)

  26. August 16, 2012 / 6:29 am

    The swirl paint designs of your vases are very pretty, artistic and girly. Consider what color of flowers you will put in the vase in choosing the paint you will use for your vase. In doing so, the colors will complement each other and will look more beautiful.

  27. August 30, 2012 / 4:26 am

    Wow I've seen this a few times, and I absolutely need to try it now!!
    Super cute, thanks for sharing!


  28. September 14, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    So pretty! I will definitely try it soon (I'm starting a craft to-do list, and I'll surely add this one to it!)

  29. Marg
    October 5, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    in regards to paint coming off I read a blog where a lady sprayed once the vase was dried a water based lacquer over painted area to protect it .She used acrylic paint Your vases are amazing

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