Artful vases from scrap…

I love DIY and transforming stuff I have at home into something great.   This is one of my favourites, transform everyday bottles or jars into elegant vases by coating their interiors with glass enamel.


Any container will do — buy up old bottles  at a flea market or try kitchen cast-offs, such as jam jars.   Use any colour enamel but if you use white, it will yield different shades of green depending on whether the glass is tinted and how dark the tint is.

Dishwasher-safe  enamel paint is sold at most crafts stores. Wash the bottle inside and  out with soapy water; let dry. Pour in a small amount of the paint’s  surface conditioner, which primes the glass for the enamel. Swirl to  coat fully, then pour out excess. Stand bottle upright, and dry for  an hour. Pour in enough enamel to easily coat the inside. Swirl, and  return excess to container for reuse. Dry bottle upside down on a paper  towel for 48 hours, periodically wiping excess enamel from the rim with a damp cloth during the first hour.

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