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My older sister Carolyn painted her nails constantly.  If she wasn’t on the phone with her boyfriend, or baking him brownies, she was on her bed painting those very long nails.  She is 7 years older than me, so you can imagine how I would admire her and her “painting skills”.  Occasionally, she would paint mine, and that was the best.  In fact, here’s a photo of us 4 siblings the day before my wedding right after she finished painting my nails.  That’s me on the left, then my other older sis, Diane, my brother, Bobby (deceased), and the nail polish queen, Carolyn.  I bet you a million bucks her nails are shining like rose petals right this second, still.  So, yes, I have a history with nail polish.  While painting the jar with it last weekend it brought back all of those memories.  Maybe I should have titled this “Carolyn’s Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar”?

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

Since it is Valentine’s Day today, I thought a Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar would be so pretty with some white tulips, and I think I “nailed” it.

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

Okay, so before you think I’ve lost my marbles, I originally planned on painting a thrift store vase only.  While in the middle of that, I thought about the jar and forgot to take photos of the process with the jar, but painting the jar is done in the exact same way.

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

After I cleaned and dried my vase/jar, I painted the rim so it would be even and make a nice edge.

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

Next,  I added an entire bottle of dollar store red nail polish to the vase/jar.  Including the tiny balls that come in it.  I swirled the paint around just by rotating the vase and the little tiny balls did a great job of covering it all.  There was left over paint at the bottom, so I poured that back into the nail polish bottle, and closed the lid tight.

WARNINGS:

Keep nail polish away from children and pets.  Nail polish is extremely flammable.  Do not let it get near any heat source.  Do not pour into a rag because it can combust.  Additionally, while painting open a window and have plenty of ventilation.  This smelled really strong, so a mask is a great idea as well.

TIP:

Let the vase/jar dry in a well ventilated area away from heat sources for at least 2 days.

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

After your vase/jar is completely dry, you can fill it with water & flowers.  I chose white tulips and baby’s breath because I thought the contrast of white against the ruby red would be so cute for Valentine’s Day.  Roses would be stunning.

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!


Did you know you can paint a jar or vase with nail polish? The Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar turned out so adorable!

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20 Responses

  1. Mary Beth says:

    I had no idea this could be done, Julie! I love the look. The red is so bold and beautiful (like you!). Thanks so much for sharing and the photo of you and your sisters with your brother is awesome. xo

    • Julie says:

      Wasn’t there a soap opera called the Bold & the Beautiful, lol!! Thank you, sweet friend. Happy Valentine’s Day from snowy Michigan!

  2. Deborah says:

    What a fantastic way to upgrade those thrift store vases. I don’t really paint my nails but I would totally do this!!!

  3. Cindy says:

    What a pretty idea Julie! I love how shiny it is!

  4. Bliss says:

    Happy Valentines Day. If I need a red vase in a hurry now I know how to make my own!

  5. Janis says:

    Love your sibling photo and story. Back in the day, Mom wished she had a red vase for her white and pink carnations. So, she decided red food coloring in the water of a clear glass would do the trick! Imagine her surprise the next morning when her carnations had red veins!

  6. Julie says:

    How creative/resourceful thou art! =) Love this and will give this a try since I love the color RED and never have enough of it around the house……….HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FRIEND!! Sun/42 and snow melting in Chicago’s southwest suburbs!

    • Julie says:

      Julie- we have ice literally falling off our house and making a sound like an Earth quake. Let’s hope Spring is in sight!!

  7. This is such a great idea! I did one similar to your Mason jar a couple of years back, but I never thought about doing it in a regular vase to give it pop! It looks amazing!

  8. Vanessa says:

    That is genius!! And isn’t it such a blessing to have those older sisters looking out for us and painting our nails? Love the vase but love the memories more! xoxo

  9. This is so clever, Julie. What a fun pop of color you’ve given your vase and jar. I’m thinking of all of the fun possibilities with this cool technique. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. Pam Beck says:

    Well Julie, you’ve done it again! What a great idea! I love the ball jar painted red with the white tulips…so pretty! I will have to try this. By the way, I hope you will heal quickly and be back to your wonderful blogging self soon!! You’ve got to be better by Spring, think of all the great ideas you’ll be outside showing us! Take Care!!

  11. Kelly Mahan says:

    The jar looks really beautifulk, super fancy with the red painting. I love it!

  12. Oh my how beautiful this turned out! Who knew fingernail polish is good for other things than nails

  13. julie- who knew you could use nail polish to paint glass vases. love this creative idea.

  14. […] and before I forget, I recently filled a Mason jar with some white tulips, but the “Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar” stole the show.  This was so pretty in our foyer on Valentine’s Day, but I can think […]

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