Jars to Vases: Upcycled Decor

The boyfriend's mom saved several Starbucks bottles for me - she washed them out and then asked if I could make them into something pretty, maybe some vases. I excitedly got to work in the middle of the frantic Chrismukkah crafting and got these ready to give her as part of her gift. While it was awesome for her, I definitely didn't get nearly as many pictures as I would had I not been crafting like a crazy lady amid stacks and stacks of supplies and projects in progress! But, here's what I managed to get for this gorgeous project!

  • Mod Podge 
  • Food Coloring 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Newspaper or wax paper to cover your work area
  • Tiny bit of super-glue
  • Washi tape
  • Twine
  • Ribbon doilies

I painted at least one bottle vase the same way that I made the colored Mod Podged jars - I got regular Mod Podge and mixed it with my neon food coloring.

Then I painted it on the OUTSIDE of the cleaned out bottle vase. The mixture goes on sort of opaque, but becomes more transparent/translucent as it dries. This was the bottle not long after I applied the mixture...

And here's the dried purple vase!

Unfortunately that's the last picture I have of this one, but after the coloring dried, I sprayed the bottle with the clear acrylic stuff that I used to seal the lemonhead wreath. Because all reviews and people online who tried crafts like this indicated that the Mod Podge method was not waterproof, I painted the outside so the bottle could still be used as a vase, but I also sprayed the acrylic stuff on the outside so if water spilled, the dye wouldn't run or rinse off.

Then, I grabbed these ribbon doilies that I got as a Crafty Steal (I think - maybe it was a Crafty Catch purchase?) a month or so before and had been dying to use on something...

And then I grabbed washi tape and twine to make some pretty vases. I basically covered the fattest part of the bottle with washi tape and then picked a coordinating ribbon doily to go over that somewhere and then found twine in both colors to wrap around the bottles a few times and tie in a bow. I put a dot of super-glue under the twine in the back so that it would stay put and not slide up and down the bottle and it seemed to work and help everything stay pretty!

By the way, the boyfriend's mother's favorite colors are pink and purple so I made these with that color scheme in mind... 

And ta da!

Bottles that were ready for the trash are now beautiful gift-worthy vases! Sadly I made more that I don't have pictures of, but I think these give you the basic idea and I was pretty darn pleased with them!

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  1. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing! I saw you on www.lovelycraftyhome.com! :)

  2. Cute! I especially love the purple one!

  3. These are too stinkin cute and I love the mix of patterns and textures. Great upcyle idea!!

  4. These are so great! A perfect little gift when your not sure you should give something or not (just in case)! The twine looks so cute.


  5. Mel, Love all your craftiness!! Come on over and link some of your ideas to my first ever "SweetTalkin' Sunday" link party. Would love to have you share.

  6. very cute vases! I love the colors. thanks for linking up to catch as catch can.

  7. Sooooooooooo pretty.. What a lovely idea!! Love the colours you’ve used as well..

  8. Thanks so much for sharing. This is a great idea for my daughter's wedding. I have pinned you.

  9. These are so cute! You could do so many different things with them. Great job!

  10. Cute Cute Cute!! I'm going to Pin this!

  11. Those are super adorable. There is just something about the shape of those bottles!

  12. Very cute! I love the ribbon you put around the bottles! ~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

  13. colored mod podge! that's brilliant!

  14. really good one. I like it so much. Thank you for sharing such a nice information.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
    Warmest wishes,

  16. super cool stuff.liked it.

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