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Holiday crafts: Colored Chalkboard Vases

Flower arrangement, Holiday & seasonal crafts  |  September 19th 2011  |  0 Comment

Greetings, I hope you had a lovely weekend!  I spent mine mostly indoors with big rainstorms hitting our area, so I had a little fun inside doing some crafting.

I had two quarts of tinted chalkboard paint sitting in my garage, waiting for some projects I plan to get to in the near future.  I couldn’t resist the idea of ‘sampling’ the colors this past weekend making some colored chalkboard vases.  Fun fun fun!  Something about the notion of leaving sentimental or seasonal notes on glass appealed to me, so I tinkered around creating a few versions around the house.

Every time I bring home fresh flowers, whether from the grocery store or farmer’s market, my 7 year old asks me for a single stem for her room.  Love that!  I thought it would be sweet to make a little chalkboard vase for her in a bright colored paint , one where I could write little encouraging notes or endearing sentiments.

This bud vase was created with Rust-Oleum’s ‘Raspberry’ shade.

cg pink chalkboard final

And this gray label with Hudson Paint’s ‘So Stone’ tint:

cg spring gray chalkboard vase

This is such a fun way to personalize vases, whether for you, or for a housewarming gift, or perhaps someone recovering from illness.  These make a great gift for friends too!


How to Make Colored Chalkboard Vases, Supplies You’ll Need:

Clear glass vase of choice

Tinted chalkboard paint (both Rust-Oleum and Hudson have great colors)

Frosted glass spray paint

Packaging tape

X-Acto knife or box cutter


Chalk or chalk ink markers (found at craft stores)




Begin by taping off any sections of your glass vase you do not wish  to coat with tinted chalkboard paint.  Both of these tinted chalkboard paints are water based, so to give them the very best adhesion to glass, I used a frosted glass spray paint to act as a primer.  Frosted glass spray paint is designed to adhere to glass, and it dries quickly (in less than 10 minutes!) so it makes the perfect ‘primer’ for giving your tinted chalkboard paint staying power.  Give your vase two good coats.

Next, apply two to three layers of the colored chalkboard paint to the vase, directly on top of the frosted glass spray paint.  Allow it to dry between coats.

tape and paint

If you wish to carve out any pattern on the glass, like with the gray label version seen above, use the X-acto knife or box cutter to do so.  A Silhouette craft cutter would also do the job just as nicely.

xacto knife


After your paint layers are dry, carefully peel off your packaging tape.  Any rough edges can be carefully corrected with a small flat head screwdriver.

smooth edges


After a few coats of paint, you have a perfectly fantastic surface for writing notes with chalk.

cg i love you pink chalkboard vase


Or if you’ve discovered the wonder of chalk ink pens, you can leave your sentiments in different colors.   Whoever invented chalk ink pens is a complete genius !!

cg sweet dreams pink chalkboard vase


I created this second version for me, for welcoming in the seasons.

I just love it!

cg spring gray chalkboard vase 2


cg pink tulips chalkboard vase


And another fun use of that chalk ink . . . I’m completely addicted.

Please send help right away.


cg i love summer chalkboard vase


After experimenting with the two tinted paints from Rust-Oleum and Hudson, I got curious and concocted my own shade in this chalkboard paint color.