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DIY Terracotta Vases

Turn those thrift store glassware finds into a beautiful component of your wedding tablescape!

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Difficulty: Easy

Time: ~15 minutes, plus 30 minutes of dry time between coats

Price: Under $10 for materials plus the cost of your vases.

We decided to give the DIY terracotta glassware trend a try for ourselves! True terracotta pieces would be made out of clay and were often used to create sculptures, vases, roofing tiles and bricks for homes. By using this technique you can turn any glass item into something that looks like it came right off of the turning wheel.


- Vases or other glassware

-Acrylic paint

-Baking Powder

-Paint Brushes

-Newspaper/ paper bags

Step 1: Clean off your vases and remove the price stickers from the bottoms

Step 2: Mix acrylic paint and baking powder together. We used approximately 1/3 of each of the paint bottles mixed with 1/2- 1 tsp of baking powder. The paint consistency should get pretty thick and not easily drip off your paint brush.

Step 3: Paint away! Be mindful of how you do your brushstrokes and adjust based off your vase.

This is how ours looked after 1 coat of paint. As you can see, there are some pretty clear rough spots, but don't worry! They will clean up with a second coat!

Step 4: Let dry completely and then add a second coat of paint.

Step 5: Style your beautiful vases with the rest of your wedding decor!

Our tips:

  1. Don't buy the cheap paint brushes. We made this mistake and the bristles kept falling off and we had to keep picking them out of our paint.

  2. The cheap acrylic paint works just great, our bottles were less than a dollar each!

  3. Colored glassware works just as good as clear glassware!

  4. Don't forget to do the inner lip of the vase and a portion of the bottom.

We tried putting these together with some pieces we had lying around, trying it with the vases spread out throughout the table and then with the vases in small clumps just to give you an idea of how it could look on a table!

The gold vases we purchased from Dollar Tree and spray painted a metallic gold, you can buy them by the case here. The gold chargers also from Dollar Tree... They actually have several styles of gold chargers available, but you may need to purchase online as not all stores will carry several styles.

Good luck and have fun! Show us how yours turn out, tag us @sotabrides on IG or FB.

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