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How To Create An Upcycled Vase With Nontoxic Paints

By Kristin Hunt

Next Tuesday marks the first day of spring, and what’s spring without fresh flowers? To help you display tulips and lilies in your home, we put together an easy DIY project that upcycles a used wine bottle into a pretty painted vase. 

But before you bust out the brushes, let’s talk about paints, because it’s very easy to buy art supplies that are harsh on the environment and your own health.

When you’re shopping for paints, keep an eye out for a few labels. The most important one is a circular symbol that says “Conforms to ASTM D 4236.” This indicates a toxicologist has evaluated the contents for any health hazards. If the seal has “AP” in the middle, that means it’s nontoxic. If there’s a “CL” in the middle, the product contains toxic materials, but is safe for adults to use (as long as you follow proper precautions).