DIY Painted Vases with Texture {West Elm Inspired}

Hiya there!  Ok so I have a major problem with plants.  I can’t seem to keep any of my house plants alive.  I kill them every. single. time.

I don’t do it on purpose but it is definitely involuntary PLANT-slauter.

Haha. See what I did there?

So I’m going to try succulents!  You’ve probably seen the rising succulent trend and I figure hey, if they can live in the desert, they have a chance of surviving my very un-green thumb right?

So I had to create a pretty place for them to live and when I was flipping through the West Elm catalog I was inspired by their textured vases and you know me, I just had to figure out a way to create the look for less.

So today I’m going to show you how to create texture on glass just like I did on these DIY Painted Vases!

This project is super simple.  Here is what you will need…


  • glass vases- I had mine on hand, but a good place to look for inexpensive ones is a dollar store or even thrift stores.  Just look for ones with shapes you like.
  • a sharpie- a light color will probably be best.
  • some repositionable spray adhesive
  • glass paint- I like the Martha Stewart glass paint because it comes with this tip that allows you to draw with it.  Puff paint would probably work too.
  • (optional) a stencil– I found this Heidi Swapp hexagon stencil on Amazon and plan to use it again on a pillow project soon!
  • spray paint- I used Krylon Gold Spray Paint and Rust-Oleum Satin White
  • painters tape

How to Create Texture on Painted Vases


If you are using a stencil, you will want to give it a light coat of spray adhesive.  It will help it stay put while you trace.

Step 1: Place the stencil on your vase about 1/3 the way up and trace your pattern with the sharpie.

Step 2: Go over your pattern with glass paint. This is what is going to create the texture.  You don’t need to use a certain color because you will be covering it up with metallic spray paint later.

Step 3: Let your glass paint dry.

diy textured vases

Step 4: Create a paint line with painters tape right where your glass paint pattern ends.  I found it easier to do this with the vase upside down as shown.

Once you have that first line cover the remainder of the vase with paper towel to protect it from the spray paint we are about to apply.

Step 5: Spray paint the textured portion of your vase.  I used Krylon Metallic Gold for the hexagon vase and Rust-Oleum Semi Gloss White for my herringbone vaase.

Once they are dry, you can add your succulents!

Layers of a Succulent Terrarium

Again, I’m not great when it comes to plants, but after talking to some friends that have had success with succulents I learned that they need really good drainage so you need to create layers.  Here is how I did it.

Oh and don’t forget you will want your succulents to end up being just above the paint line so keep that in mind when you are filling your vases with these layers.

The bottom layer is gravel or rocks.  I used rocks.

Then you need a layer of dirt.  I just used the dirt that came with my succulents.  So I guess this is where you put your succulents in.

Then place about an inch of moss over the dirt and around the succulents.


DIY succulent terrarium

how to create texture on glass

Isn’t this a cool way to add some texture?

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

44 thoughts on “DIY Painted Vases with Texture {West Elm Inspired}

  1. […] Corey from Tony Sidekick doesn’t have the greenest thumb when it comes to keeping plants alive. Since succulents can survive in the desert, Corey thought maybe she’d have better luck with them. She created a pretty new home for her succulents using glass vases she already had on hand, glass paint, and spray paint. You can easily make these on the cheap since glass vases and bowls are readily available at dollar and thrift stores! […]

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