DIY Blue Hobnail Glass | Vintage, Paint and more...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Blue Hobnail Glass

Good morning everyone.  Hope you all are doing well this morning and ready for a quick and easy little project.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY blue hobnail glass from a Dollar Tree vase

  Do you remember the old hobnail glass?  You know that bumpy looking glass that was collected by our Mothers and Grandmothers.

  My Mother collected blue depression glass and had a few pieces of hobnail glassware in both blue and white. But I loved the blue - probably because it's my favorite color.  It's quite hard to come by these days and my Mother's is long gone.  She had some beautiful pieces but one of my favorites was a blue vase she had and when I saw how to make "faux" hobnail glass floating around the internet I knew I had to make a replica of hers.   Carolyn at Carolyn's Homework has a wonderful post on the history and how to for making this beautiful glassware.  She did hers in white to mimic the old Fenton Milk Glass.  I like that but my Mother collected the blue and I wanted to make some of my own.   I went to Dollar Tree and picked up several pieces of glass ware.  One of the pieces was the exact replica of a vase my Mother had in the blue hobnail glass.  I was so excited to see that they carried it. (You will be seeing the rest of pieces used in other projects in the near future.)

Vintage, Paint and more... Dollar Tree glassware to be used to make DIY hobnail glass

Then I proceeded to make my own hobnail glass. The fluted bowl on the left is the one that is the exact replica of my Mothers.

Vintage, Paint and more... using puffy paint to make dots for DIY hobnail glass

I used some puffy white paint I have had for years and just put dots of it in rows around the bowl.  I alternated the dots so that they did not line up in rows but looked more random.

Vintage, Paint and more... finished faux DiY blue hobnail glass from Dollar Tree vase

After it dried I painted it with some blue craft paint I had on hand. The dots definitely stand out with the paint. I think it looks pretty much like the real thing - what do you think?

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY faux blue hobnail glass from Dollar Tree vase and craft paint

With some white daisies added to it - it makes for a very pretty little vase and brings back memories of my Mothers little vase. So delicate looking to me.

Vintage, Paint and more... "faux" DIY vintage blue hobnail glass made from Dollar Tree vase and craft paint

I love this blue hobnail glass so much and it's so simple to make  that I am definitely thinking there will be a few more pieces added to my china cabinet. How about you - think you might try this?
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's day and was able to celebrate it with those you love. We were under a tropical storm with buckets of rain and some wind.  Although it wasn't bad it did pour all day so we stayed in and enjoyed a Jesse Stone Marathon.  I just love those movies.  How was the weather where you are and what did you do?  
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Until next time - enjoy creating something you love.

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  1. This is such a good idea! I love the color you used. I am totally going to do this to one of my glass vases!

  2. I never knew what the bumpy glass was called. Now I do! I think you did great. I wouldn't have guessed it wasn't real.
    Visiting from Party in Your PJs. Pinned this to my arts & crafts board.

  3. Gosh that turned out amazing!! Great job...and loving that color.

  4. That shade of blue is perfect! What a fun project!

  5. Lovely! What a clever idea. I would have never thought of this.

  6. It looks great! I collect milk glass and have several hob nail pieces. Now, I'm thinking I might make some faux ones to go with it.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this with Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Come party with us again, we'd love to have you!

  8. Wow Cathy, if I didn't know better I would think it was real hobnail. You did an amazing job! Love the blue color. I have a small collection of the white. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

  9. That blue is so pretty. Thanks for sharing this at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again next week.

  10. Isn't that so clever!! I just love how it turned out. :) Thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday and sharing your wonderful project!!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  11. Cathy,
    Amazing!! What an amazing project!!
    Love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for stopping by!


  12. This is brilliant. I have not seen this before. The daisies are the perfect flower for this sweet little vase. Love it! Visiting from SYC Happy Thursday!

  13. Hi Cathy! Popping by to let you know that we will be featuring your adorable vase and tutorial tomorrow night at What to do Weekends! We both loved it! Congrats! I hope we see you there!