Stir Food Coloring Into Mod Podge, Then Paint Onto An Old Bottle For A Beautiful Sea-Glass Vase

by Caroline Hockenbury
Caroline is an editorial intern who enjoys running, making origami, and beatboxing (simultaneously).

When I was a little girl, I often dreamed of discovering a message in a bottle.

Every time I traveled to the beach with my family, I stood on the shore and imagined a small, glass vase bobbing toward me in the waves.

Imagine how excited I was when I learned I no longer had to wait for my message in a bottle to arrive — I could make it myself!

For this creative DIY craft, simply paint some dyed Mod Podge onto old glass bottles to make faux sea-glass vases. When finished, you can place all sorts of decorations inside, like flowers or seashells. Personally, I can’t wait to slip a secret note into one of my new vases!

Check out the material list and instructional video below to learn how to transform boring recyclables into stunning trinkets for your home.


  • Small mixing bowl
  • ½ cup Mod Podge
  • Food coloring (blue and green)
  • Popsicle stick
  • Paintbrush
  • Recycled jars or bottles
  • Additional decorations (shells, lights, string, etc.)


  1. Pour ½ cup of Mod Podge into a small bowl.
  2. Mix in four drops of blue food coloring and one drop of green. Stir using a Popsicle stick.
  3. Use a paintbrush to paint the outside of a bottle or jar.
  4. Let the Mod Podge dry, then apply a second coat.
  5. Add more dye to the original mixture to make a variety of colors.
  6. Decorate your vases by placing string lights, seashells, candles, or flowers inside. Also, try tying brown yarn around the bottlenecks to give your crafts a nautical feel.

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