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DIY Hobnail Milk Glass Vase

Hobnail vase

I just love the look of vintage hobnail glass. Hobnail glass (a decorative pattern of small, round studs) was immensely popular in mid-century modern decor. In fact, any time I see a hobnail glass plate, glass, or container in someone’s home, I assume it must be a treasured family heirloom!

Hobnail Vase
Fenton Hobnail Milk Glass Vase, early 1970s – $98.00

Hobnail glass (particularly “milk glass,” opaque colored glass with a milky finish) is definitely seeing a resurgence in popularity today, and it’s easy to see why! It’s sophisticated, feminine, and playful all at the same time. Perfect for adding a touch of style to a dinner party, shower, or wedding reception. Or just infusing some playfulness into your everyday home decor.

Rather than shelling out big bucks on a piece of vintage hobnail glass, why not save some $$ and make your own? It’s a quick and easy project that you can customize for your home or event. And although I’m showing you how to make a hobnail vase, you could easily apply this technique to just about anything…like a decorative dish, container, pencil cup, etc. The sky’s the limit! :-)

DIY Hobnail Glass Vase

Supplies:

DIY Hobnail Glass Vase

I started by using the washi tape to lay out a grid on my vase.

DIY Hobnail Glass Vase

When I had the vase sectioned off into (mostly) even squares, I placed a dot of puff paint in the center of each square.

DIY Hobnail Glass Vase

Once I was done with that, I removed all of the tape from the vase, and put another row of offset dots in between each row that I had already made. I just eyeballed the placement.

After all the paint dots had been applied, I used my hairdryer (low speed and low heat) to help speed up the drying process. Puff paint tends to take a while to dry, and I’m notoriously impatient. :-)

DIY Hobnail Glass Vase

Once the paint was mostly dry, I placed the vase upside down and covered the exterior with a coat of spray paint. (I just LOVE this color! It’s called “Ballet Slipper!”) The Krylon brand of spray paint is very quick-drying, so I was able to do a couple of coats in under an hour. Once it was dry enough to touch, I flipped the vase right-side up, and painted the rim to finish it off.

Hobnail vase

So simple, right? And I just love how it turned out. It looks just like vintage hobnail milk glass, and I spent less than $8 on the whole thing. Elegant vintage style made affordable, just another reason why I love a good DIY project!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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