Easy Thrift Store Vase Project

Thrift Store Vases and Planter Project

This DIY Thrift Store Planter and Vases Project ended up to be a 2 part project.  Does that ever happen to you?  You start one project and then it leads to another?  Tell me I’m not the only one! Anyway, keep reading to see what I mean…

Thrift Store Planter…

While shopping at my local Goodwill last week, I spotted this white planter for $3.99.  Oh Hello, cute little planter. 🙂  I quickly scooped it up and bought it.

This planter is pretty large at 11 1/2 inches long x 6 inches high.  The ideas in my head immediately started flowing.  What should I do with this cute thing, and what kind of plants should I put in it?  Herbs?  Succulents?  Flowers?  Hmmmm….what to do?  I remembered I had some faux succulents and some floral foam at home, so figured I’d stick with that to keep my costs down.  However, once I started assembling it I realized I didn’t have enough succulents, so I did have to purchase some more from Michael’s.  Thankfully they were all 50% off, so I spent less than $20 on 6 different succulents.  Here is what I bought…

(When I made this succulent monogram garden project, I bought all of the succulents at the Dollar Tree.  I checked there before I went to Michaels but sadly, they didn’t have them anymore! At least not at my Dollar Tree. 🙁  You can buy them in bulk on the Dollar Tree web site.  They come in a box of 48.)

Anyway, to make this arrangement, I just added some floral foam to the container and started placing the greenery in until I was happy with the way it looked.

And ta-daaaaa!  Here is the finished product.  I put this in our console TV stand.   hmmmm…..it looked ok, but needed something more….

…in other words, this lead to another DIY…

DIY Thrift Store Vases…

This next DIY Project might as well be called the easiest DIY project ever.  As I said above, once I put the planter in my console table the rest of the decor looked a little blah and I was looking to streamline it and make it look nicer.  Here is what I ended up doing….

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Materials Used in this Project

Various Vases from your home or thrift store/garage sales etc

Spray Paint

Floral Foam

Various Succulents

Step 1 – DIY Thrift Store Vases, Collect Some Fun Shaped Vases

Back to the thrift stores I went in search of vases.  I wanted a total of 6, and was looking for them to have similar shapes.  Luckily I was able to find ALL of these on the same day, at 2 different thrift stores in my area.  (One vase I already owned).  Thrift stores are full of these items!   Prices ranged from $1-3.

Easy DIY Thrift Store Planter and Vases Project
Thrift Store Vases – Before

Step 2 – Spray Paint

I had a half a can of this spray paint (in white) in my garage, but went ahead and bought another can at Home Depot because I thought I’d probably need it.    (You can also buy it on Amazon.)

First, I cleaned up the vases by wiping them down, and taking off any price stickers.  Then, took them outside and spray painted them.  I ended up using the 1/2 can I already had plus the entire can that I bought (so I was happy I bought the extra can!!).

Easy DIY Thrift Store Planter and Vases Project
Thrift Store Vases – After

NOTE – I made this similar project during Christmas time with wine bottles, and also these DIY Sea Glass Bottles.  Both are so easy and they look beautiful.

Step 3, Styling them…

After the paint dried, I put them in the console table with the planter and YES that looked MUCH better and now they blend in nicely.  PS – the paintings behind the vases hide all the wires so I am keeping them there.

In conclusion, this project was so simple, didn’t cost a ton of money, and looks fantastic.  What do you think?

They also look really nice between my new Amazon shelves which display my collection of globes and vintage cameras.

Easy Thrift Store Vase Project



  • Reply Jessica February 22, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I love this idea! I love the assorted vases but all the same color! And these shelves by your TV are AMAZING!

    • Reply Jodi House February 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Easiest DIY project ever! LOL

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap February 23, 2020 at 9:43 am

    So cute, Jodi. I like the way you arranged the succulents in the planter and those vases definitely suit the space a lot better combined with the planter. Good job!

    • Reply Jodi House February 23, 2020 at 11:21 am

      Thank you so much, Tara! I appreciate you saying that and am so glad you like them.

  • Reply Emily February 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    These are amazing!!! I can’t believe how great they turned out!! Seriously love this!!!

    • Reply Jodi House February 23, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Thank you! Easiest DIY ever!

  • Reply Sandi February 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    You can paint glass vases with regular spray paint ? It doesn’t run on glass ?
    I love the way it turned out but I don’t know if I’m just impatient and paint to fast or if you used a specific type of paint on glass because my husband told me the surface of anything needed to be sanded and a little roughed up to spray paint it ? Please answer as I really love this idea

    • Reply Jodi House February 24, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      I used a spray paint that said, Any Surface. It was Krylon Fushion All In One. I have also used Rust-Oleum and that works fine too. There are a few spots where it dripped a little but overall not bad at all. And the spots with drips I put that side towards the back so you can’t see them.

  • Reply Dori February 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Love the painted vases Jodi! Inexpensive and adds so much flair!

    • Reply Jodi House February 24, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Dori! It was such an easy DIY with great results!

  • Reply Terrie Tipler February 25, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    What great finds you found at the thrift store. I love finding vases too and creating new looks with paint. Everything looks amazing Jodi!

    • Reply Jodi House February 25, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much! This was such a fun and EASY project.

  • Reply Shirley April 12, 2020 at 9:31 am

    I guess I’m heading up to my attic for vases! I probably have close to 100! I love them and I’m always picking them up. When I hit a yard sale, I guess sometimes I feel guilty if I don’t buy something and that’s usually my go to. Very nicely done!

    • Reply Jodi House April 12, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Oh wow! 100! That’s funny! I have a lot of vases too but not that many. I hope they turn out well for you.

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