DIY Painted Arrow Vase

DIY Painted Arrow Vase - offbeat + inspired

This project is perfect for a dreary day in desperate need of something happy and bright. I’ve got a small collection of boring dollar store vases stashed under the sink, and with a fresh bouquet of yellow flowers patiently awaiting their rightful place on the breakfast table — I decided it was time for a little upcycle!

DIY Painted Arrow Vase - offbeat + inspired

What you’ll need:

- an old vase (clean and dry)
- Americana Gloss Enamels paint in White from DecoArt (or any color you prefer)
- Scotch tape
- a small, flat paint brush
- scissors
- paper towels

DIY Painted Arrow Vase - offbeat + inspired

1. Place 4 long strips of tape running up the sides of the vase. Make sure they’re evenly spaced!

2. Cut smaller strips of tape to make the outlines of the arrow shapes. If you want all of your arrow columns to be the same height, repeat the same tape placement for each, but I wanted mine to alternate, so I taped 2 of my columns a bit lower.

3. Once all your tape is in place, add a coat of paint in one direction. Once you make your way around the vase, you’ll be able to add another coat in the opposite direction. You’re supposed to wait a while between coats (and you can, if you prefer), but I found that you can achieve a really cool “loose linen thread” effect by adding another coat quickly…

4. Once the paint is dry to the touch (after about 15 minutes), carefully peel away the tape and you’re done! If you peel away too quickly (or before the paint has fully dried), some of your edges may peel away with the tape. I like those imperfections because they make the design look a bit worn, but if you’re not a fan of that, follow the instructions on the bottle and wait until the paint is completely dried.

DIY Painted Arrow Vase - offbeat + inspired

Arrows are my favorite design shape right now. I love how they look on the breakfast table with some retro thrifted mugs and an old copper kettle.

DIY Arrow Painted Vase - offbeat + inspired

What rainy day crafts are you loving? We love upcycling ideas! Please share in the comments below!

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  1. Cute! Loving arrows right now too! It’s like the baby sister of chevron. And it’s sooo much cuter!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you!! You’re so right about them being the baby sister of chevron. So cute! :D

  2. Too cute! Also, I don’t know why I’ve used so much time with etching paste when there is paint that looks just as good (okay, better than my etching attempts!) with so much less mess, hassle, and the risk of chemical burns.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thanks!! I’ve never tried etching paste but it’s good to know this looks just as good or better! :)

  3. I love that Tiffany! So simple and yet so fun…my kind of project! :-)


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