Making Faux Ruby Depression Glass

According to Wikipedia: 

Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.

I think the history of things we collect is just fascinating.   During the Great Depression it must have been fabulous to open a new carton of oatmeal, knowing that something pretty would be inside.
Using a couple of dollar store glass candlesticks and my Krylon Stained Glass Paint, I decided to make a faux version of Ruby Depression Glass.
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I like the way the light shines through them.  Pretty!
Do you know anyone who collects real Depression Glass?

29 thoughts on “Making Faux Ruby Depression Glass

  1. Pretty! I collect Depression Glass. I used to have a beautiful collection of Poisetta pattern but sold it many years ago to purchase a computer for my kids home schooling. Now I have various kitchen pieces. I don't have any red which is gorgeous.

  2. I am loving this idea! I never knew there was glass paint! I have all sorts of colorful glass, but don't know much about it. I am your newest follower 🙂



  3. I agree with you—how much more exciting was a box of oatmeal during the Depression?! I had no idea that there was stained glass spray paint. Now my wheels are turning and I'm thinking of projects. Thanks for posting. Great job!

  4. So pretty! You did such a great job. I love depression glass. Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. I host every week. I am leaving the party open longer this week so that people can link up multiple projects if they wish to. Hope to see you there!

  5. My Aunt collects the Emeraldware green dishes and cups. I started collecting the Rubyware when i was a teenager. I have it all packed away now because of our ceramic tile kitchen floor and our dog and our two year old. When the glass breaks it shatters into millions of shards and is on the dangerous side. Plus – I just don't want to break it.

  6. This is a fabulous use for spraypaint! I was looking for an idea to dress up some candlesticks that I'm using to make dessert platters and this is it! Very serendipitious that I was see this exactly when I started to think of ideas. Thanks!

    @Laura- I'm interested in the blue as well. On the Krylon site there was a project made with it and it looked to be like a deep colbalt blue. Of course, I'm not sure how many coats it took. Here's the link:

  7. Lovely job! My mother-in-law has a pink and grey Victorian style home and she would love some ruby depression glass items to enhance the look! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  8. Could be a good craft item to sell at garage sales. I checked the Krylon website and the only colors they offer right now is red, blue, and yellow. I know you could mix these colors but I hope Krylon comes out with some other colors. The same day I came across this post "Making Faux Ruby Depression Glass" I had just looked through a catalog that was selling red, blue, and green reproduction "Depression Glass". I thought that was an odd coincidence. Maybe I'll spray paint some dollar store glass items and have a garage sale in the spring. Hopefully I'll make a few dollars.

  9. I smiled when I sae this. My elderly aunt (almost 90)had a china cabinet full of real depression glass that my great grandmother had accumulated. She wanted me to take it to goodwill for her because it was "junk" she was shocked when i told how it was expensive now and how much people pay for it. Needless to say it went back in the china cabinet!

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