Today I have an Ikea hack for you to try with the Ikea Reko glass.  The glasses are small, but they are a perfect size for popping in a seedling or a small pretty bouquet and I was about to throw them out and thought I could do something pretty with them.

Ikea Hack

What you will need:

  • Ikea glass, I liked the Reko glass because it has a wide rim around it, like a flower pot.
  • Small plastic cups.
  • Plastic spoon to mix your paint.
  • Acrylic paint.
  • Punnet of flowers from your local nursery

Firstly make sure your glass has been cleaned and is dry.

Ikea Hack

Place your paint into a plastic cup, add some white if you want to change your colour or lighten it up.  I have used some basic acrylic craft paint from Bunnings, as they have a larger range of colours to choose from in the acrylic paints.  You can use a specialised paint that is more suitable to glass but it is more expensive, and I found the colour range has a smaller choice.

Add two to three tablespoons of water to your paint, first try two, so you get a nice consistency where the paint is still thick enough to cover the surface of your glass but not too thin so you can see through it, and swirl your paint around till all the area is covered.  You can see in the top left picture how much paint I have put in one glass.

Leave your glass to rest upside down on some newspaper, move each glass every so often so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.  Allow your glass 24 hours to dry.

Ikea Hack

You can use the same colour for each glass or add more or less white paint to vary the colour in different shades.  Because this paint is only a craft paint, I have inserted a small plastic cup inside the glass and trimmed down the excess so it is even with the top of the glass.  Then pop in your seedling, I love this idea to decorate your outdoor table for entertaining, and you can make as many as you like in any colour to match a theme.

Ikea HackUse your glass as a vase to decorate tables, again inserting the plastic cup to the glass, because these glasses have a great shape and are inexpensive you can make as many as you like.  For a similar look for a pretty table setting, pop in some beautiful flowers.



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