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Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

I love a good upcycle project, especially when it involves recycled bottles and jars. Now that Spring is here, I love cutting fresh flowers from the yard to give to friends and family. Giving flowers in a handmade vase is always a nice way to show someone they are appreciated. With that in mind, today I have a tutorial to make these adorable Frosted Glass Vases from the Recycling Bin!

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

Ready to get started? Here’s a few things you’ll need.

Materials:

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Optional: 

Preparing Recycled Jars and Bottles:

Clean out your bottles and jars with soap and water. Soak them to remove the labels. Any gummy label residue can be removed with Lemon Essential oil (my favorite non-toxic glue residue remover).

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The lemon oil works faster and doesn’t leave any toxic or drying chemicals on your skin. But, if you don’t have any lemon essential oil on hand, use Goo Gone or rubbing alcohol (be sure to wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after use.)

DIY Gold Leaf Vases from Recycled Bottles | Pretty Handy Girl

If there are any date stamps on your bottle, you can remove it with a Q-tip and Acetone based Nail Polish.

Instructions:

Wrap your bottle with rubber bands, painter’s tape or stickers. Anywhere that is covered on your bottle will remain clear.

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

Spray a light coat of Glass Frosting spray paint on your bottles. Let dry and repeat with one to two more coats.

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

After the spray frosting has thoroughly dried, remove the stickers, tape or rubber bands to reveal your design.

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

Aren’t these beautiful Frosted Glass Vases from the Recycling Bin? It’s lots of fun to play with different patterns and textures on your bottles.

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl

You can also add washi tape to your frosted vases for more variety.

Frosted Vases from the Recycling Bin | Pretty Handy Girl
Fill the vases with water and flowers and you are ready to give them as gifts.

Unfortunately the frosted glass vases aren’t dishwasher proof. Frankly even a light washing will probably remove the glass frosting. But, they make quick and easy gift vases to make in a few minutes for next to nothing. If you want a more permanently frosted vase, try these DIY Glass Etched Vases:

Upcycle some old milk bottles or glass containers into these beautiful and chic Glass Etched Vases!

Want to try another easy upcycled craft? You’ll love these easy DIY Gold Leaf Vases:

DIY Gold Leaf Vases from Recycled Bottles | Pretty Handy Girl

Enjoy and be sure to raid your recycling bin more often!

2 replies
  1. brenda
    brenda says:

    is it a man thing? my hsb is always skeptical about the glass jars and other glass containers. However, he never seems to mind the money saved by the projects that are accomplished with them. sometimes it is nothing more dramatic than using a pickle jar and contents leftover after using all the pickles for placing beets that we picked up that had not been pickled. awkward sentence, sorry.three cheers for a fellow glass saver and your beautiful transformations.

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