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Chalk Paint For Glass – Succulent Vases

I see a lot of questions about chalk paint and especially chalk paint for glass. You are in the right place to get the answers!

We are going to be answering several questions about chalk paint for glass today plus I am going to show you a super simple way to get a great chalk painted look on my tiny glass succulent vases.

We have to have a great project right?

If you love to work with glass projects but don’t know which paints to use…chalk paint is definitely one of the good ones. So stick around as we go over what works and what doesn’t.

So if you love crafting and…

If you love painting and making glass crafts and gifts you will love it here.

Finished glass painted vases for succulents that fit in a tiny wood bench.

Should we answer a few questions throughout the tutorial? I think that would be fun. Here we go.

Can you use chalk paint on glass?

The answer is YES! There are actually chalk paints made especially for glass. You can see my glass post about that chalk paint too.

The paint we are using today is not specifically for glass but chalk paint is designed to stick on surfaces that are slick like glass and metal. If you can sand the surface, like a metal sign or something, that helps even more but you can paint on glass, use a sealer and it will come out nicely.

How do I get a smooth finish with chalk paint on glass?

This is a great question. Today’s project involves chalk spray paint. And it is one of the best ways to avoid brush strokes.

I don’t like brush strokes but sometimes you cannot avoid them. The only way I have found to completely get rid of brush strokes is to use spray paint from a can or to fire up the paint sprayer. (I love mine and use it quite often)

Sometimes this opens up a drip fest but if you are careful, and spray small amounts in layers you will be fine.

How do you make chalk paint stay on glass?

If you don’t seal the chalk paint it will scratch off. I used my finger nail and scratched a little bit of the paint off my little vase. So to remedy this you need to seal the paint.

There are several ways to seal it. Mod Podge is one way and the way I used in the project. But you can also use wax sealer or a clear coat.

Chalk Paint on Glass – Succulent Vases

I want to show you this little bench succulent vase project that I made. It is one of those really easy projects that just requires some paint and and sand paper. I love it.

Materials needed:

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Step 1: Paint the wood bench

This little wood bench was in the Dollar Spot at Target. It was a $3 or $5 find but it was so cute. I knew I could use the bench for this project and I will probably use the ketchup and mustard bottles for paint.

Small wood bench that holds a ketchup and mustard bottle for an outdoor bbq.

Removing the bottles and replacing them with glass votive holders with succulents would be so cute!

Wood small bench with glass votive holders and a small succulent plant

The bench was pretty cute as is but I am a crafter…I need to paint. LOL!

You can also use chalk paint on wood. Linen White from Rustoleum is my favorite.

I love this paint. It is usually the one that I turn to every time I want a white chalk paint.

The bench got two coats of the paint. This picture is after the first coat.

Using Rustoleum Chalked paint in Linen white to paint the cute wood bench that will hold the planter vases.

Step 2: Distress the wood

When you are happy with the coverage of the paint and it is completely dry you can distress the wood if you like a distressed paint look.

Use a sanding block and sand off some of the chalk paint until you get the worn look that you love.

After the wood is distressed and a sealant such as Mod Podge or a wax. I did on mine because I knew it would be outside sometimes.

Using a sanding block to distress the white chalk paint on the small bench.

Step 3: Paint the glass

The whole succulent planter needed a little color and I knew that the adding chalk paint on glass would be the best option. I had this great Waterfall/teal color already.

The outside of the candle holder is what I wanted painted. I placed them upside down on our little spray turn table in the garage and just sprayed under the lip of the candle holder and down the sides a bit. I didn’t want to cover it completely. Don’t ask me why. I just thought this would give them a cool look.

In the long run it didn’t really matter because that part of the candle holder cannot be seen when it is in the bench.

I gave them two light coats to avoid drips.

Glass votive candle holders spray painted with chalk paint on the outside.

Add two coats of Mod Podge over the paint. This is where I really want to be able to spray again. I don’t really like the brush strokes that the Mod Podge leaves. Even a sponge brush leaves some. It is not my favorite thing.

Let the Mod Podge dry completely.

Step 4: Plant the succulents

Have you seen the price of succulents this year? They have really gone up. I finally started looking for one that had two little plants so I could split it into the votive holders.

I found one at our local grocery store and it was perfect. It was $4. I was happy about that.

Splitting it was easier than I thought it would be. I worked over a paper plate to help capture the dirt.

Splitting a succulent plant into two small plants to go into the painted glass votive holders.

Add one plant to each glass piece and give them a little bit of water to help settle into their new home.

Succulent plants in the newly painted glass votive holders.

Once you add the chalk painted glass holders back into the wood bench you are all done!

I love the way this turned out. I am debating on adding the word Relax or Enjoy on the top of the bench part. What do you think? Should I add anything or leave it the way it is?

The finished white distressed bench with the two glass painted succulent vases and plants.

Close up view of the glass painted votive holders with the succlulents.

Top view of the succulents in the chalk painted glass vases.

What do you think? Will you try spray painting chalk paint on glass? It is super easy and turns out great every time.

Chalk Paint For Glass - Succulent Vases

Finished distressed wood bench with chalk painted glass votive holders and succulents.

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Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Easy



  • Paint brush
  • Sanding Block


  1. Paint the wood bench with the Linen White chalk paint. I gave mine 2 coats of paint waiting about 1/2 hour between coats or until completely dry.
  2. Use a sanding block to distress the white paint (optional).
  3. Add a coat of Mod Podge or sealer to the white paint to seal it.
  4. Place the glass votive holders upside down in a painting area. Spray 2 light coats of chalk paint on the outside of the votive. You can cover the entire outer part or leave some unpainted like I did.
  5. Brush two coats of Mod Podge over the paint to seal the chalk paint.
  6. Plant succulent plants in the glass votive holders and place in the white bench.
  7. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Finished small bench with chalk painted wood and chalk painted glass succulent planters.

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