How To Make An Ombre Valentine's Vase With Mod Melts

Need a pretty vase for those roses you're going to get for Valentine's Day? 😉 This is such a fun craft using an inexpensive dollar store glass cylinder. I'll show you how easy it is to make this Ombre Valentine's Vase with Mod Melts. But it doesn't have to be used just as a vase, it would make a pretty Valentine's Day candleholder too.

Ombre Valentine's Vase With Mod Melts

Ombre Valentine Vase With Mod Melts

The vase idea all started with a trio of large wood vases I had in my stash. All but one still had the glass cylinder insert. The vases were repurposed into a DIY Geometric Lamp but I needed to do something with the one and only glass vase.

DIY Ombre Valentine's Day Flower Vase

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For This Project You Will Need:

Have you ever heard of Mod Podge mod melts? They look like milk glass hot glue sticks and you use them in a high-temperature hot glue gun. They recommend you use silicone mod melt molds (say that three times fast) but I had heart-shaped plastic molds from my former chocolate making days and they worked just fine.

Helpful Tip: 

I do recommend you use a hot glue gun specifically for mod melts because that milky glue will take forever to clear out of the glue gun.

These are the supplies I used to make my Valentine heart vase.

Ombre Valentine's Day Vase Supplies

Here's how I made the heart shapes for the vase

Squeeze the mod melts into the center of the molds and work your way outwards until filled. Give the mold a little up and down motion to remove any air bubbles. Wait about ten minutes before removing the hearts from the molds.

Ombre Valentine Heart Vase Mod Melts

Normally when using plastic molds you would grease them first it to prevent the mod melts from sticking but I have a grease-free alternative that worked like a charm.

Helpful Tip

If you put the molds in the freezer for five minutes, the hearts will pop out like grandma’s teeth when she sneezes! This same trick works for removing candle wax from glass votive candle holders too.

It took 60 hearts to cover my 7" tall x 3" diameter glass cylinder. They are so quick and easy to make that it won't take long to have them all finished.

Instructions for painting the ombre hearts

Here are the instructions for painting the hearts of three gradient colors.
  1. First, determine how many hearts you'll need per row, I needed ten. 
  2. Unlike I did in the picture below, paint the hearts first before gluing them onto the glass cylinder.
  3. Base the gradient color change after every second row. Mine required 20 hearts per color.

Mixing the paint colors for the gradient pink hearts

  1. Pour red acrylic craft paint (or if you prefer a glossy finish use a gloss enamel or multi-surface paint) into three small yogurt containers. 
  2. In one yogurt container add 2 teaspoons of white craft paint to make a medium pink color. 
  3. In the third yogurt container, mix 4 teaspoons of white craft paint to get a light pink color. 
  4. Paint 20 hearts per color and you will probably need three coats of paint.

Ombre Valentine Vase With Mod Melt Hearts

Attaching the painted hearts to the glass cylinder

Initially, I attached the hearts with E6000 glue but after the first row, I switched to a hot glue gun because it was so much quicker.

Starting at the bottom glue a row of red hearts. On the second row, glue the point of the hearts in between two hearts on the previous row.

Repeat this pattern for the next two rows of medium pink hearts and then again for the last two rows of light pink hearts.

Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the vase and we're done!

Painted Ombre Mod Melt Heart Vase

Like I mentioned at the top of this post, it would make a lovely candleholder for Valentine's Day too. My preference would be a red or pink flameless wax candle with a timer.

In case you missed it, here is an idea for a cute Red Burlap DIY Valentine Rag Wreath.  For more Loveday inspiration visit my DIY Valentine's Day Ideas page.

If you like this idea, I'd be so thankful if you pinned this project and shared it with a friend. With gratitude! -Marie

DIY Ombre Valentine Heart Vase or Candle Holder

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  1. Neat! I wouldn't have thought of using the mod melts and a chocolate mold this way. Very cool!

    1. Glad you like it Cara, it was a fun project! If you plan on using mod melts with chocolate molds, remember after they are cooled, put them in the freezer for 5 minutes to easily remove them. Otherwise my suggestion would be to use silicone molds.

  2. So very cute and just in time for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you both for stopping by and the party. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  3. That is awesome! At first glance, I thought wow! What are those hearts? Then I read "mod melt", and I said what? But I love how everything is laid out in this tutorial, and I think that it is pretty awesome. Going to have to get me some of those things!


    1. Love it Alexandra, you made me laugh! Mod Melts are so fun to make. There are so many molds to use with these and so many possibilities for crafts. Have fun should you decide to make some and thanks for stopping by for a visit. 😊

  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  5. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Thank you very much for the feature, Marilyn! See you at the party 🤗

  6. Well done. Just in time for Valentine's Day... We are definitely sharing this.

    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it and appreciate the share 😊

  7. Okay, I learned about a new craft supply today - mod melts! Your vase embellished with mod melts! is very unique and turned out so festive for Valentine's Day. Pinning to my Valentine's Crafts board. I'm visiting from Artsy Fartsy. If you're interested, I shared a Winter craft #46. Mod Melts! :)

    1. I'm glad you like my Valentine's Day vase and so glad I introduced you to Mod Melts! Thanks for stopping by and appreciate the pin 😊


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