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Upcycled Painted Vase


Check out this Upcycled Painted Vase!  I love art projects that utilize items that we have rescued from the recycle bin, or that require me going out and getting a coffee flavored anything…. This project is made from a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, and couple of supplies out of our art supply cabinet. This is a super kid friendly art project which is great because then it’s really a gift from the KIDS and not one you let them “help” with, and it’s inexpensive.

This upcycled painted vase can be made in a variety of colors, and are great for silk or real flowers.  They are perfect for Spring, Mothers Day, or an Earth Day project to demonstrate recycling at its best. We even kept the lid for future projects.

Caution: These are no longer safe to drink out of after they are painted.

Painted Vase

Upcycled Painted Vase:

Supplies Needed:

  • empty Starbucks bottle
  • 2 Tbsp. school glue
  • food coloring, gel is best
  • 1- 2 Tbsp. water
  • newspapers


  • Squeeze glue into a bowl, add 1 Tbsp. of water, and food coloring.
  • Pour glue mixture right in the bottle and replace the cap on the bottle and let the kids shake it to coat the entire inside. Add more water if needed, it should be wet enough to slide around the bottle but thicker than water. We mixed ours right in the bottle,and I didn’t have anything long enough to reach the bottom to mix the glue, water, and food coloring so I ended up with dyed and quite sticky fingers trying to reach the very bottom, so next time we will premix.
  • Drain for 2 minutes, turn upside down on something like the craft sticks in the picture
  • Put your oven on 300° and let it come to temperature. Turn it off.
  • Place bottle upside down on a waxed paper and let sit in hot oven for 10 minutes.
  • Flip bottle over and let it sit upright for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • If it’s lighter than what you wanted repeat the “painting” process, adding in more food coloring.

Caution: These are no longer safe to drink out of after they are painted.

Upcycled Ideas:

Repurposed Pringle Cans

Bleach Bottle Santa Decoration

Soup Can Snowman

Snowman Birdfeeder 

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