easy gift ideas: silver dot vase {Kate Spade inspired}

If you think you’re not crafty, but want to make something that’s chic & cheap – then I have the ultimate gift for you – the silver dot vase. It only takes two “supplies” and will be a hit with anyone who loves high end style {it is inspired by Kate Spade, after all!)

I adore Kate Spade. And, I adore polka dots.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know that I’ve been begging Santa for a gorgeous polka dot bag. But, let’s be honest… $140 for a vase? No, I’m not kidding. It’s one thing to feed my obsession for highly overpriced handbags…. but I don’t have an obsession with overpriced glass. So let’s make my version….

All you need is a vase with smooth sides and a DecoArt glass paint marker. That’s it. See, even the supply list is simple. I found my vase at Marshall’s for $7, but you could find them second-hand for a song.

Just activate the paint by pressing the tip down on a piece of paper until the paint flows to the tip, then dot, dot, dot. I wanted teeny, tiny dots – and I did them in a cascading confetti sorta way instead of uniform big dots.

To prevent smudging, I did one half of the vase, let it dry for about an hour, then did the other side. Let the paint dry for 4 hours, then put it into a cold oven, turn it on to 375 degrees and set your timer for 40 minutes. When the timer goes off, open the door and let it come to room temperature before removing. {All that info is on the paint marker packaging, too.}

And that’s it. See, seriously easy gift ideas. And you saved like $130. Awesome, huh?
*DecoArt supplied me with the paint markers for this project. This post contains affiliate links.*

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. That turned out great… looks very chic…
    Happy weekend…
    Ciao for now…

    • It’s the same picture that was at the beginning. Notice the placement of the dos. I’m sure it would turn out to be very cute but that last picture is NOT the DIY one

    • Apparently she did a very good job on the knock-off, because she convinced you! The second picture is actually the Kate Spade version. The first one is labeled “Kate Spade inspired dot vase.”

    • Yes. The DIY one IS the one with the little dots. The Kate Spade version has big dots. I like the look of the little dots better! Miss Kate needs to read the blog before commenting that it’s NOT a DIY!

    • ya’ll are right – the first photo is my version, the second is the real Kate Spade vase. 🙂

  2. Love this idea! Thanks for the curing directions too! laura@imnotatrophywife.com

  3. How pretty! I love paint markers!!!

  4. Wow, that’s awesome! Have you had any trouble with breaking glass? It always scares me a little to put stuff in my oven but maybe I’ve over thinking things.

  5. Absolutely love this and I’m pinning it for a possible New Year’s craft!

  6. beautiful!

  7. WOW! I’m impressed!

  8. My Gosh Gina!! Such dainty little dots..you must have a very steady hand..I love it!!

  9. love it!

    hope you’ll find a moment to stop by (if you haven’t already!) and enter a giveaway i am hosting: http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    smiles and happy weekend to you.


  10. Wow, it’s perfect! I love it! Must find me some of those markers.
    Debbie 🙂

  11. So beautiful! Michael’s, AC Moore and Joannes have the markers and Ikea has really great prices on glassware!!!
    Thanks for the idea!

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