I do some product development for a company on the side and sometimes I get really inspired by the product. Such was the case tonight with these gorgeous, jewel colored bud vases. Who says you need flowers or water? Here's what you need:

A small, detail paint brush

White acrylic paint

Tenereze bud vases

Acrylic gloss or Mod Podge (optional)

Large flat brush (optional)

1. First, gather your materials. The gloss medium or Mod Podge is optional since it depends on whether you're going to get the vases wet or not. They're not totally waterproof but they give it a nice glossy finish.

2. Mix the paint with just a few drops of water to give it a nice, workable consistency. You want it to be easy to work with but not become too thin. You'll know it's too thin if it gathers and pearls on the glass surface.

3. Holding the neck of the vase, start on the bottom with a pattern. Acrylic paint dries quickly so working efficiently is key. Don't fret about individual marks, it's the collective shape and design that matters. If you feel like you messed up, take a damp paper towel and wipe away the mistake. If you need to start over, you can wash the vase with soap and water.

4. Once the bottom is dry (after 5-7 minutes), stand the vase upright to get the finishing details on the top.

5. Let your vase dry completely, another 10 minutes. This is where you would apply a layer of sealant to further protect your pretty work. Experiment with different color paints, patterns and layers of paint.

The arrangement I made here was simply to add to my studio. I may or may not add flowers to them but I really do think they look handsome without. What do you think?

This is a great project to do with kids for an hour or all afternoon. Enjoy!

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