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

by Caroline Hockenbury
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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.

Materials:

  • 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.)

Directions:

  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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