High End Dipped Vase vs. Free Knockoff

Copycat Chic alert! Find out how easy it is to get a “vase dipped in paint look” for less. No need to buy high end decorating catalog dipped vases when you can easily do this budget decorating project by transforming large glass jars to make them look “dipped” in paint. Paint one jar for yourself and a few more to make as gifts to fill with cuttings from your garden.

Y’all know that I love a good budget-friendly DIY, especially if it is done by repurposing something found in the trash or recycling bin. Living In Style for Less makes this blogger happy.

2 clear glass vases dipped in white paint sold by Serena and Lily

Last week while browsing online, I came across these dipped vases from Serena & Lily. I loved them – just my style…. but not with $98 and $148 price tags!

large and small clean pickle jars ready to be dipped painted

I have dipped baskets in paint before and have used pickle jars to make outdoor lanterns and large flower vases for greenery as well as for colorful blooms, but this trash to treasure transformation using paint I had on had and glass pickle jars that were headed to the trash is my favorite.

If you have a recycling bin in your house and a can of white paint, then in less than 15 minutes you can create the look of the high end dipped vases to use in your decor. The best part, the cost is practically free!

My DIY Dipped Vases

Two paint dipped glass pickle jars turned into chic and modern vases. They are placed on a wood side table.

Dipping glass jars and bottles into paint is nothing new, but what I love about these is their simplicity and clean lines. My DIY dipped vases may not be exact replicas of the decorating catalog ones, but they have the overall feel and style I am looking for to decorate my home creatively and on a budget.

To make the vases, you can use any size glass jar, large or small. I used pickle jars that were:

  • Small: 4.5″ DIAM x 5.5″ H
  • Large: 6″ DIAM x 10″ H
Two sizes of glass pickle jars transformed into modern white dipped glass vases. They are displayed on a side table.

I filled the vases with flowers and clippings from my yard to coordinate with my White & Woodsy color scheme in my living room.

Close up shot from above of the two pickle jars now dipped in paint vases.

How to Dip Paint Glass Jars To Make Trendy Vases

supplies needed:

  • Glass jar
  • Satin or Semi-gloss paint
  • Optional: Painter’s tape and paint brush

Time needed: 10 minutes

How To Make a DIY Dipped Vase for Pennies

I made two vases. The small one I dipped into the paint can using no painter’s tape. The larger vase, I used painter’s tape and a paint brush to apply the dipped look.

  1. Place Painter’s Tape on Jar

    Clean and dry jar.

    Set up work table with a drop cloth or newspaper.

    Figure out how far up on your jar you want the paint to go, then place a strip of painter’s tape all around the jar. Make sure to run your fingers over the edges of the tape so no paint bleeds under it.

    If the jar is small enough, you can simply dip it into the paint can – no painter’s tape needed.

    Two sizes of glass pickle jars getting prepared to dip into paint to create modern looking dipped vases.

  2. Open Gallon of Paint

    Open paint can. A gallon size works best when it is at least one quarter filled.

    Stir paint well.

    Dip glass jar into paint and swirl a little.

    Carefully remove the jar and let any excess paint drip onto drop cloth or paper.

    Place the vase on a wax papered covered block to raise it off the work table as the paint dries so it won’t stick to the work surface.

    You can also place the vase upside down to dry. If you place upside down, just make sure the paint is not too thick as it may run down over the top section of the jar.

    How to dip a glass jar into a can of paint to create a white dipped glass vase.

  3. Let Dipped Jar Dry

    Let dipped vase dry. If using painter’s tape, remove the tape after the paint is dry.

    Two glass pickle jars after getting dipped or painted with white paint. They now look like trendy decor vases like the high end decorating catalogs sell.

  • I dipped my jars to the halfway mark using white paint, but you can dip on 3/4″ of the way from the bottom of the jar or more depending on the look you like best.
  • White isn’t your color? Use another color besides white. I am thinking matte black would be a nice look for fall.
Large clear glass jars turned into dipped paint vases. Placed on a table creates budget friendly decorating style.

Can You Spray Paint Glass Vases to Look Dipped?

How to paint a large glass pickle jar to make a vase to use to decorate a home.

If you don’t have a lot of paint to actually dip your glass jar, you can fake the dipped look using either spray paint or brush-on paint.

  1. To make spray or brush-on painting easy, flip the jar over on your worktable. Using a paint brush, paint the jar.
  2. If spray painting, move the jar outside on a piece of cardboard.
    1. Wrap paper or a plastic bag around the top section of the jar to keep overspray from getting on it.
    2. Shake the spray paint can well and then apply one light coat all around the bottom of the vase.
    3. Repeat after 5 minutes, and then add another coat if needed. Use more light coats than fewer heavy ones. Apply all the paint within 10 minutes and then let it dry.

More Paint Dipping Variations

  • Depending on the shape of your jar, consider painting in reverse. Paint the top of the jar and leave the bottom clear.

What Else Can You Do With a Pickle Jar?

Glass pickle jars can be repurposed in many decorative ways. Here is another way I have used them.

Can I Paint a Glass Vase?

Glass vases you already own can be painted when you prep them first before painting.

  1. Clean the glass well with dish detergent and hot water. Let dry completely.
  2. Use a brand name paint, either brush-on or spray paint that is a paint and primer in one formula.
    1. Apply to the glass using light coats only.
    2. If using spray paint, follow these spray painting tips for success.

What Kind of Paint Will Stick To Glass?

If the glass is clean and dry, any paint, either brush-on or spray paint that is a paint and primer in one will stick to glass. Apply paint using 1 to 2 very light coats, letting the the first coat dry completely before adding another light coat.

  • If you only have latex paint, go over the glass with 100 grit sandpaper first, clean and dry and then proceed.
Two glass vases with white painted bottoms filed with white and light green flowers.

If you like this project, look at what else you can make using a pickle jar – A Decorative Candle Lantern.

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  1. Lisa Lake says:

    Hello! This is the exact validation/advice I was looking for to know whether this would work, as I had the same idea and don’t have a lot of time to test different options. I was also worried about wasting bottles. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Tony queto says:

    What type of paint. Oil based latex ? My daughter has 60 jars to do so we talked about dipping them half navy blue and hall burgundy. Any ideas would be appreciated thank you in advance

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Tony – I used water-based acrylic paint. You can also use any paint you have. Oil based paint can be used if that is what you have, but it will take longer to dry. The key to making sure the paint adheres to the glass is making sure the glass is clean and dry before painting. Going over the area that will be dipped with 100 grit sandpaper can help also. Just make sure to remove all the sanding grit before painting.

  3. Jennifer Dynys says:

    Hi Diane! These are super cute! I think I would like to try to do these with spray paint. Thank you for the tutorial! Thank you also for linking up at Embracing Home and Family!

  4. Heather Katherine says:

    So beautiful! I love everything!

  5. Nancy McComb says:

    Diane: Have you ever thought of the new “layered look “ outdoor mats as a project?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Sorry for the delay in my response to your question about layering outdoor mats. Are you looking for ideas on combinations to layer or how to make mats? Let me know and I will try to come up with an idea(s). :-)

  6. Christine Reilly says:

    I have a jar that’s perfect for this. I think I’ll try it with some chalkboard paint that I already have. I’ve been looking for a unique idea for holding some random jewelry tools/pencils I use in my craft room. I like to have quick access to them when an idea strikes. Thanks for the idea Diane! :)

  7. This is so cool Diane. I’ve got several large “nondescript” clear glass flower vases that I’d love to try this on. I also clicked on the link to your Modern Painted Glass Vase from April 2017. Think I’ll try that “drip” effect also.

    I smiled when I saw how you started this post with “Ya’ll.” Don’t recall you ever using Ya’ll before so now you are a true Southern Gal, LOL. Hope it isn’t as hot at Lake Murray as it has been here in Chesapeake, VA. Today temps is 98 with a feels like of 108! Needless to say I am not working in my garden today. Stay cool and well. XXOO

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Vikki –

      Yes after living in the south… Y’all becomes natural. I don’t think I will ever be able to say… All, Y’all though that many southern’s around me say. :-)

      It is crazy hot here too. With heat index 107. YIKES!!!! Thank goodness for AC. I have been making sure to give my hydrangeas a lot of water to keep them happy and not parched. They are doing great. Stay cool.

  8. Wish I could think of an easy way to cover up the screw top part of jars/bottles. We encounter so many great shapes/colors of glass food packaging that can be repurposed…but how to hide the tops? Would be nice to have a solution that would stay on and be waterproof. Is there some type of craft caulk that could be molded on? Only other idea maybe is to dip the screw top part and use paint pens to color in a pattern to hide the tops? If anyone has any ideas please share, thanks.

    1. You could get a glass cutter and cut the top off and then sand down the rough edges with a dremel tool.

      1. Maybe super gluing or using waterproof silicone to affix pieces of broken china, colored glass or tiles to the top of the jar would work?

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          That is a great idea Vikki – :-)

      2. Diane Henkler says:

        Good idea. I used to have a glass cutter, but I could never get it to work the way I envisioned. Using the Dremel tool would sand down the rough edges. It is the best tool ever!!! The only negative I can see sanding down the edges would make them look etched and no longer clear. That could be a good look though. Fun to experiment.

    2. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Michelle –

      One easy way to hide the screw top rim on the glass is to use flowers in the vase that gently bend over the rim. I don’t have a way to remove the rim or cover it, but I will think on it. If I come up with an idea, I will email you or even post about it.

    3. I’m thinking of dipping the screw top part in plasti dip. Maybe a couple of coats will hide them.

  9. Linda C Johnston says:

    First, love this project. However, I want to thank you for the exact instructions. It really helps a lot when we attempt a project and all the little questions are answered in advance! I’m off to dip pickle jars! Thanks.

  10. 1960s girl says:

    Hello. What a great idea. I was looking for white vases for my new dining room decor (which you helped me plan a few months ago). Thanks for posting great ideas that we can try to improve our decor without breaking the bank!

  11. Wow!! I have been drooling over these dipped vases since I first saw them on a blog about a month or so ago! The price…..no way! I have been looking for similar vases that I could diy, but haven’t found any yet. I never thought of using pickle jars! Genius! Now I know just what to use. I don’t have any, but surely can find some somewhere. Thanks for the tip!

  12. No idea it would be that easy to do!! I have many jars & white paint!

  13. Once again you have rung the bell – Thanks Diane!

  14. That is a sweet idea. Thanks

  15. Just darling, Diane. And like everything you do so clever! I have OLD vases that would be great candidates for this. I’m thinking a broad band of creamy white, topped by a narrower band of metallic gold. Thanks for inspiration!