Monthly DIY Challenge: Frosted Dollar Store Vases

Been a while, right?! In fact, it’s been SOOOOOO long since I’ve taken part, you may have forgotten all about our #MonthlyDIYChallenge!

Monthly DIY Challenge | making it in the mountains
Dollar Store Challenge | making it in the mountains
In the past we’ve transformed a simple wood crate, crafted with wood slices and of course, had a little Christmasy fun with some plain glass ornaments. Though the challenge has continued without me on the second Wednesday of each month, I’ve come up with plenty of excuses not to participate. Honestly, between our three-month-long move and returning back to teaching a few days a week, I’ve had such a hard time getting my bloggy act together. It’s about time I jumped back on the #MonthlyDIYChallenge wagon!

I’m crazy excited to be teaming up with my best bloggy friends to bring you a ton of crafty inspiration with this month’s challenge!

DIY Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

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Having committed to making over one room in our home in just six weeks with the One Room Challenge, my head has been spinning with everything I’ve got to get done. So, if I wanted to participate this month (and you know, maintain some sanity cause, let’s face it, most of that’s now gone out the window!), I would need to find something pretty quick and easy to create for this month’s Dollar Store Challenge. Luckily, it didn’t take me long to come up with an idea after finding some fun Frosted Glass Spray during my latest trip to the hardware store (which is pretty much where I’ve been living these last few weeks). Seriously, isn’t this stuff brilliant?!

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains
I wandered around the dollar store for ages looking for the perfect something to “frost” and these little glass vases practically jumped off the shelves! I’ve been hunting for these very vases forever and, though I’ve come across more than a few in my travels, they’ve all been far too expensive for me to justify. Buuuut, at just $1.50 each, how could I go wrong with these?! Obviously, a few other bargain shoppers had discovered this awesome dollar store score too because there were just two left sitting waaaaay up on the very top shelf. Of course! Keeping in mind that I’m just 4′ 11 3/4″, you can understand why I don’t usually get along well with things on the top shelf! These perfect glass vases were just too good to pass up so, with a bit of creativity (and perhaps a bit of climbing), I scooped up these last two vases before anyone else could steal them out from under over me!

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains
Now my friends, prepare to have your minds blown. I swear, you’re not going to believe how simple these pretty little vases were to make! I mean it … just two quick steps and you’re done!!!

One. Randomly wrap this ultra skinny 0.25″ Painter’s Tape around your vase. Aside from making sure my lines started and ended either at the top or bottom (meaning I didn’t start or end any right in the middle of my vase), there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to where I placed my tape.

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains
Two. Turn your vase upside down and spray 3 thin coats of this Frosted Glass Spray, taking care to follow the directions on the bottle. Then, let it dry.

That’s it! Can you believe it?! I’m so, so happy with how these vases turned out! And all for less than $12 and just a few minutes of my time!!!

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains
I can think of a zillion ways I’ll be able to put these little vases to work, but for now they’re just the perfect way to add a touch of Spring to our home with some pretty flowers while we wait for the last of the snow to melt!

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains

Frosted Dollar Store Vases | making it in the mountains
Even with more than a year of blogging under my belt, I am continually blown away by the creativity that surrounds me! It never ceases to amaze me that so many of us can start from the same place, with the same product or the same inspiration, but end up with something SO completely different. Not only am I excited to share what I created for today’s challenge, but I’m absolutely dying to see what these other creative and talented ladies came up with too!!!


DIY Frosted Glass Dollar Store Vases

Be sure to check back tomorrow to catch up with the latest in our One Room Challenge!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

PS. Find me sharing here, Savvy Southern Style and Remodelaholic.

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104 thoughts on “Monthly DIY Challenge: Frosted Dollar Store Vases

    1. Awwww, thank you SO much Sarah! I’m thrilled that you love them! I cannot believe how pretty they are for the few minutes it took me to make them! Sometimes keeping it simple really is key!

  1. These turned out so good! I am loving the dollar store lately. The last time I was there I was noticing all the cute vases they had. I’ll need to get some and pick up a can of the frosted glass spray, too. It would be perfect for wedding DIY’s!

    1. Thanks Katie! I hadn’t tried it either yet, but now that I’ve seen how pretty it is, the wheels are turning for more ways to put it to work!!!

  2. These are gorgeous, Kristi!! They look soo expensive!! I’ll have to try that Frosted Glass Spray… had never heard of it before! Thanks for another fabulous tutorial! xo

    1. Thanks SO much Amy! I hadn’t ever heard of it until I came across it at the hardware store and now I’m already searching for more ways to put it to work!

  3. Oh man that stuff has just been added to my shopping list and the fact that you found it, means it’s available in Canada…yay! So much easier than etching and wish I had seen it before etching the glass on my radio cabinet last weekend. Love love your dollar store vases Kristi. The uses for that frosted spray are endless…endless I say! LOL

    1. I found it at Canadian Tire Marie! It was such a brilliant find – I had no idea such a thing even existed! I’m totally hunting for my next frosty project now!

  4. These are SO pretty Kristi! They turned out very elegant looking, especially with those soft pink flowers! I have some frosted glass paint that I’ve never used. Thanks for some motivation to try it!

    1. Awww, thanks girl! It was a pretty fab find at the hardware store – the spray, not the ladder – that was an awesome score for just $20 at my fave antique store! BIG plans for that too!

  5. I use the cream, but I do love the frosted effect look. Your jars look very cute, they are a great edition. Wish they had that spray if the UK equivalent of the dollar store….

  6. Oh, I love this idea! I’ve done similar things with etching cream but I’m not a huge fan. This looks so much nicer. Going to have to try this!

  7. Love the simplicity of this DIY project. Your vases look beautiful and I definitely plan to try them myself. Sharing on my pinterest! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Awwww, thanks SO much Tedi! I’m thrilled that you’re feeling inspired! I still can’t believe how simple and inexpensive they were to make!!!

  8. WHATTTTTT. There’s frosted glass spray paint??! This will make life SO much easier if you don’t have to use etching cream! Such pretty vases 🙂 Also, your styling and photography ROCK!

    1. Thank you SO much Erica! Isn’t it brilliant?! I had no idea either until I happened across it at the hardware store! Tons of frosty ideas floating around my head now!!!

  9. How cool are those??? I love them and am glad it is a relatively easy project! I’m craft challenged and try to stay away from the very complicated ones! LOL

  10. These turned out amazing! I’ve seen that frosted glass spray paint and have been curious about it. Now you have me wanting some of my own! Thank you for sharing your beautiful vases with us at Merry Monday!

    1. Thank you SO much Amanda! I’m thrilled that you love them as much as I do! That spray paint was SUCH a fab find and I can’t wait to put it to work again soon!!!

    1. Thank you SO much Kathy! I’m thrilled that you love them! I’m so happy with how they turned out and still can’t believe how easy they were to make!!!

  11. Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

  12. Those turned out fab! No one would ever guess dollar store when they see that. Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Preppy Party this month! xx, b @

  13. Your DIYs always turn out so pretty!! Pinned! I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

  14. I created this little project though I think I sprayed 3 times, I like the more see through effect. Next time I will spray twice. I need to buy the flowers and then if I can post a picture of the finished project, I will do so. This was the easiest thing ever and so economical! Thank you so much Kristi for such great ideas!

  15. I was hoping to post a picture of my vase but don’t think it possible. There isn’t a place to upload, but in either case it came out pretty darn cool!


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