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Recycled Bottle Vases | Easy Paint Craft

Recycled Bottle Vases | Easy Paint Craft
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One of my favorite summer traditions is lining the kitchen windowsill with several small flower bouquets, each nestled in a recycled bottle vases or jars.  Salt shakers, small craft bottles, jars from jam samplers, and bottles from extracts can all be transformed into miniature vases.

Miniature Polka Dot Vases
Miniature Polka Dot Vases

This summer I took the bottles and jars and added polka dots to them using liquid leading. Some were plain polka dots (using only liquid leading) and some were colorful polka dots (using liquid leading and glass paints).

Black polka dotted vases Plain polka dot vases
Colorful polka dot vases Colorful polka dot vases

Materials to Decorate Recycled Bottle Vases:

  • Small clear bottles
  • Glass paint
  • Liquid Leading

Liquid leading is not made of lead–it is a liquid that simulates the look of leading and it’s an easy medium to use in glass art.  You can buy it at Michael’s or from online craft venues.

Glass paint and liquid leading Glass paint and liquid leading

Instructions to Decorate Recycled Bottle Vases with Polka Dots

  • Wash your bottles and allow them to dry thoroughly.
  • Dab little polka dots of liquid leading onto your vases.
  • Allow liquid leading to dry.
  • Fill vases with tiny bouquets.

Since liquid leading is water based, the polka dots are NOT permanent.  You can get your vases a little bit wet if you gently dab off the water.  The dots will last anywhere from a few uses to several uses depending on how often they get wet and dried.  At any time, once dried, you can peel the polka dots off.  I like the temporary nature of the polka dots (it means I can re-use the bottles again if I like), but if you are giving these as gifts make sure you let the recipient know.  

Single miniature polka dot vase Miniature polka dot vase made from recycled cork bottle

Instructions to Decorate Recycled Bottle Vases with Colorful Circles

  • Use your liquid leading to draw circles on the glass
  • Allow liquid leading to dry
  • Then dab your glass paint into the circles, making sure the full circle has a thin layer of color
  • Repeat as needed to fill each circle with a color
  • Allow to dry
Miniature polka dot vases using liquid leading and glass paint Miniature polka dot vases using liquid leading and glass paint

When I was done creating my vases I headed over to Frinklepod Farm in Southern Maine to find a gorgeous mix of colors and textures for my bouquets.

Colorful polka dot vases Colorful polka dot vases

Most of the flowers you see in these pics are from Frinklepod Farm, where you can also find delicious in-season vegetables and fresh eggs.  You can read more about the farm and the hours they are open to the public here.




Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
Updated Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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