Dollhouse miniatures

Painted Glass Vials


Painting glass vials to make miniature vases is a snap and oh, so much fun!

You know those little clear vials that you find in the hobby shops? The ones that are for jewelry making and can even be found in the scrapbook section of the craft stores? Well, you can paint them for an endless variety of dollhouse vases. They are perfect for 1:12 projects.


To keep the outside pretty and glassy, you will paint the insides of the vials only.  To do that, pour acrylic craft paint into the vase and swirl the paint around so that it covers the entire insides. Pour out excess paint and let dry.

You’re all done. Now you can add an adorable floral arrangement if you like. They come out so cute! (This works for full sized vases as well although I usually resort to spray paint on the outside of the vase for those.)


9 thoughts on “Painted Glass Vials

    1. Thanks Claudia. I bought a couple hand blown vases from the Miniature Museum in Tucson, but quickly realized that any future tiny scale vases would have to be “creative”. 😊


      1. I’ve seen people make full-size vases, etc, in this manner, using that silvery mirror paint on the inside, to give a mercury glass look, I think it is, but I’ve never thought of using color this way, it looks just great.

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      2. I’ll bet the mercury thing would look really cute too. hmmm …That would be a cool glass base for a lamp. I’ll have to see if I can use a diamond bit to drill into these little bottles without breaking them. πŸ€”

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