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Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain

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Create a Glass Bead Vase with Dollar Store Items

This is a gorgeous glass bead vase, and even though these photos do not do it justice, it really looks like something purchased, no handmade. I have been creating things for our den, adding in accessories as I get ideas or chances to make them. Yes, I am el cheapo and refuse to buy a bunch of beautiful but pricey home decor when I know I can create that beautiful decor without the cost. Plus you know, I get to say, I made that. and might I mention, what a great project/craft that this would be for teens, it’s not expensive, and it extremely easy to recreate. Great for a boredom buster!

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Now, I bought this vase at clearance. But you can certainly use a large jar – pickle or mayo or peanut butter – any kind of big glass jar you’d want.  And, you don’t need a lot of supplies either.

Just some clear silicone, and those glass marbles you can buy at the dollar store.

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I liked the mixed colors of this bag, but I did take out the very dark blues, which wasn’t much, and I added in some frosted white marbles I already had. You’ll need at least two bags, depending on the size of your vase. My vase is about 12 inches by about 6 inches  wide.

All you need to do is clean your vase, I also wiped it with alcohol to make sure there were no oils on it.

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Cutting off the tip of the tube, I added a dollop to the back of each marble. Some of my marbles were streaked which I couldn’t see until they were on the vase, no worries as it all looked great

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What I did find was that I only did about half the vase, and let the silicone dry, more then that and the weight of the marbles can start making the adhesive shift and move down, buckling the marbles outward.

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You can leave this pretty vase plain, add flowers or a candle for a soft light. It’s quite pretty in the evening with the softer light coming through.

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Enjoy!

kris



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17 Responses to Create a Glass Bead Vase with Dollar Store Items

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  2. Kim says:

    Would it work to use hot glue to glue the glass marbles to the vase?

    • says:

      Hi Kim, hot glue would work, but it might not last. The glue in hot glue is not weather resistance and shrinks in the cold, which could lead to the pieces falling off.
      thanks!kris

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  6. Karen says:

    I found that hot glue is only good for quick fix. If you want your project to last Kris is so correct when it comes to hot glue. Your marbles will fall off and I found that it is not as attractive as the clear epoxy. I used the E6000 Glue epoxy. It worked like a charm. ***also just a helping tip…. When I began gluing the marble peaces on I would do small sections at a time…. then I would use (((painters tape)))) to hold the marbles in place until the glue dried, then removed the painters tape added more marbles in sections at a time and repeat with the painters tape. Worked like a charm. Good luck and your vase is beautiful Kris. I used a mason jar for my project. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

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