{DIY} Gold Dot Vase

Creativity, and the desire to be creative, comes and goes for me. There are periods when I have more ideas than time (and money), and others when I couldn’t brainstorm a project if you bribed me with tacos. Lately I’ve been on a creative wave, so I’m riding it out as long as it lasts! (Remember this later if the blog has a dry spell!) Today’s project is another that turned out better than I’d envisioned (which is a rarity), and I’m cuckoo over this little spotted vase!

Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase

After I made these Anthro-Inspired Confetti Vases, I started looking around for more glass vessels I could paint. I dug this rectangular vase out of my cabinet, (they sell similar ones at Michaels and HomeGoods), some metallic gold craft paint, and a circle stencil dobber-thingie.

Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase

The random placement of dots are inspired by Kate Spade, which is a pattern I’ve drooled over for years. Just dip your sponge in paint, and gently press down on the glass. Be careful not to move the sponge around, or it will smear the paint. A toothpick is perfect for popping the little air bubbles. I wanted my gold dots to be very opaque, so I did several layers of paint, allowing them to dry in between.

Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase

After 24-hours, I placed the vase in a cool oven and heated it to 400-degrees, baked for 30 minutes, then let it cool completely in the oven before removing. This process hardened the paint, and brought out more of the metallic shine. I’ve also run it through the dishwasher with no problems (just like the Sharpie Mug).

Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase

It’s still chilly outside, but Spring is happening in my Living Room!

Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase
Hi Sugarplum | Gold Dot Vase

Polka-dotted glass may have just surpassed my addiction to painted plastic animals! Does your creativity come in spurts, too? Is it just me, or is spurt kind of a gross word? At least I didn’t say, ‘tender, juicy spurt.’ That’s a gross word trifecta!

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42 Comments

  1. Cute, Cassie πŸ™‚ xo Kristin

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  2. Erin wrote:

    Love the gold–everything deserves a little bling sometimes πŸ™‚ Love this, and really need to try it soon!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  3. Super crafty and adorable as always!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  4. Amanda wrote:

    can i just say I love you! and love that you always find a way to add gold to something!! I can alway rely on you for more gold (ahem Liberace) inspiration. Were we separated at birth? now Im off to dot my vases!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
    • Yes — it's actually getting a little embarrassing around here with all the gold. Who am I kidding?!? I love it!

      Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  5. So cute! And the tulips are so pretty in the new vase!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  6. I really love this! It's so classy & fun all at the same time. I think I might have a go at making one myself (with one of the many thrifted vases I have). I'll post it on my blog & let you know if I do. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  7. So cute! I need to do this with all our boring vases!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  8. Beautiful! I love those flowers, and gold polka dots are the way to my heart! πŸ˜‰

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  9. So so adorable!! I have a bunch of generic vases and they could use a little makeover like this!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  10. Erin K wrote:

    How do you know if your vase is safe for the oven?

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
    • I would think most all glass would be okay for the oven. The key is to not pre-heat…you want the glass to heat slowly, and cool slowly…hence why you put it in the oven before it heats, and leave it there until it cools.

      Hope this helps!
      xo. C

      Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  11. Keep riding that creative wave! Don't Polka dots just make everything cuter!?!?

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  12. Gorgeous!! Okay, so I'm definitely stealing some of your ideas. πŸ™‚

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  13. Super cute and Super easy! Perfect!!!!!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  14. Aww so cute. I always wanted one of those gold dotted Kate Spade rose bowls and this a good match.

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  15. Super cute!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  16. Andrea wrote:

    so cute! totally have a vase just waiting for some gold paint!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  17. I am totally doing this!! I actually bought those round paint sponges a while back for another project and I never ended up using them. Now I have the perfect excuse!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  18. So adorable! I also created the same polka dots for a girls night..except we made pink and gold polka dot mugs! Love the vase…so chic. http://www.eatsleepdecorate.blogspot.com/2013/02/diy-polka-dot-coffee-mugs.html

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
    • Those are too, too cute, Amy!!! Love the gold and pink!
      xo. C

      Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  19. That's totally cute! I saw tons of glass vases at IKEA yesterday but they were just a little too plain. I'm going to grab them up and polka dot the heck out of 'em!!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  20. Simply LKJ wrote:

    What a great idea to dress up an ordinary vase. And, I too love the Kate Spade print.

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  21. Polka dots ~ glam and whimsical at the same time ~ perfect!

    Posted 3.27.13 Reply
  22. I am completely obsessed now! Thanks! haha
    I have already made two gold ones and one minty green one that I'm going to use for Easter. These are so fun and easy! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Posted 3.28.13 Reply
  23. Hello.
    I am looking forward to a nice blog every day.
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    Posted 3.28.13 Reply
  24. Love it!!

    Have a great long weekend!

    Jenny
    http://Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
  25. Pretty much adorableness!!!

    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
  26. Sondra wrote:

    LOVE this!! So adorable and so simple..my favorite kind of project! I'm whipping out my gold paint as I type. Thanks for sharing. New follower!

    Sondra
    http://www.glitterandgolfballs.com

    Posted 3.30.13 Reply
  27. Oh I love this so much! I hadn't thought of doing it on clear glass, but will definitely try it, as well as get a circle stamper thingie. I made a jewelry tray with gold polka dots too because I'm obsessed – ha! It makes me smile everytime I see it though. πŸ™‚ http://www.lifesweetlifeblog.com/2013/02/diy-gold-polka-dot-jewelry-tray.html

    Posted 3.31.13 Reply
  28. I love this DIY. This would be a great way for me to personalize vases that I put my sugar flowers in.

    Posted 4.3.13 Reply
  29. Very cute and simple! Would be great for a party dessert table, as well!

    Posted 5.6.13 Reply
  30. Love this! I am so loving polka dot and gold right now, so this is right up my alley! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-link-party-7.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    Posted 5.7.13 Reply
  31. This looks great! It still amazes me at how much water tulips drink. I find I'm refilling the vase almost daily.

    Lura
    x

    Posted 5.7.13 Reply
  32. Cindy wrote:

    So cute! I love it:)

    Posted 5.8.13 Reply
  33. So beautiful! I love it! It just screams Spring!

    Posted 5.9.13 Reply
  34. I am still drooling over this gorgeous vase! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    Posted 5.10.13 Reply
  35. i love this!! Pinning for insertion.

    Posted 5.10.13 Reply
  36. Thanks for linking up at the Style Soiree! This vase project was part of the inspiration for the link up party- it is just darling!

    Posted 5.15.13 Reply
  37. srpprcrftr wrote:

    You did a great job. Cracked me up what you referred to the stencil dauber thingy. Every body seems to have their own names for some of the tools so we need to be more specific huh? Luckily I've got a few of those, have had for long time. I'm noticing lately they're back in use again.
    Your vase looks so classy and awesome, really love it. Now I have to go make one, luckily I have the glass vase like that I got from a thrift store long time ago, have the dauber thingy and gold paint. Set to go. Glad I found this KS blog thingy. Happy days Hmmm, wondering how it would look with silver or pewter paint.
    Yeah I tend to go in spurts of creativity. I'm on so many blogs and see so many ideas I get overloaded and have to take a breath or two. Love your blog.

    Posted 5.15.13 Reply
  38. Cassie, I just LOOOOOVED this so much I made my own! I used a round vase and I'm pretty pleased with the result – you can see it here if you want! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

    Posted 9.27.13 Reply