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!
Ready to get started? Here’s a few things you’ll need.
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- Recycled glass jars or bottles
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Rubbing Alcohol or Goo Gone
- Nail polish remover with acetone
- Rubber bands
- Krylon Glass Frosting Spray Paint
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).
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.)
If there are any date stamps on your bottle, you can remove it with a Q-tip and Acetone based Nail Polish.
Wrap your bottle with rubber bands, painter’s tape or stickers. Anywhere that is covered on your bottle will remain clear.
Spray a light coat of Glass Frosting spray paint on your bottles. Let dry and repeat with one to two more coats.
After the spray frosting has thoroughly dried, remove the stickers, tape or rubber bands to reveal your design.
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.
You can also add washi tape to your frosted vases for more variety.
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:
Want to try another easy upcycled craft? You’ll love these easy DIY Gold Leaf Vases:
Enjoy and be sure to raid your recycling bin more often!