Category Archives: Vintage Glass

Simple Centerpiece with Vintage Bottles

If you’re in need of a fast, simple and classy centerpiece for your table, try using vintage bottles. My cobalt blue bottles look perfect with some ferns and hosta leaves from my garden.

You can group all colors and sizes together on a tray or keep it simple by creating a small grouping.  Either way, you can’t go wrong and it’s sure to impress.


Repurposed Vintage Glass Insulators

I just love these old telegraph and electric glass insulators. They were first produced in the mid-1800’s for use with telegraph and electric lines. You can find them at almost every antique market and there are tons of ideas floating around out there on how to repurpose. One, which I love and will try, is to repurpose into a hanging pendant light. However, if you don’t have a 1/4 inch diamond drill bit and drill lubricant tucked away in your work shop then try my quick and easy project.

Buy some battery-powered tea lights, place an insulator over the light and you’ve created a beautiful glowing table setting.

Easy, right! Stick with me crafters…another idea is to wrap twine around the insulator to create hanging luminaries.  Place the battery-powered light within the hanging insulator and you’ve set the mood for a fantastic back-yard gathering. Wouldn’t these be great for an outdoor wedding! PS — for obvious reasons, I strongly suggest you use battery-powered tea lights for the outdoor luminaries.

Or…add a little water, some flowers and…

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!

Recycled Glass Lovelies

Having a slew of vases, jars and chipped & mis-matched goblets stashed around the house has its benefits. Well sometimes… I either transform them into something lovely (hopefully) or they collect dust. Not a fan of the latter, I decided to paint some of my vases and chipped goblets to transform them into these painted vases.

The process is easy and here’s what you’ll need:

  • Liquitex Glossies High Gloss Acrylic Enamel (buy here)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Foam Brush
  • Cotton Balls

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Collect/hoard glass jars, vases, and goblets.

2.  Thoroughly clean glass with soap and water then using the cotton balls, swab the inside of the vessel with alcohol. The alcohol will remove any last bits of oil or grime and preps the glass to accept the enamel.

3.  Mix the paint. I used three parts white to one part aqua to get that delicious ‘Tiffany Blue’ color.

4.  When the glass is dry, start painting the insides of the vessel using a foam brush. If the opening of the vessel is too small for the brush, you can pour a small amount of paint inside and swish it around. For my long-necked vases, I did exactly that. I then turned them upside down to make sure the paint was thoroughly distributed inside the vase.

5.  Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. Finally, heat set the glass by placing in a cool oven and bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees.  Remove the glass after the oven has cooled and your done!

Just lovely!  Happy crafting and enjoy your weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Evening

Happy Valentine’s Evening everyone! It’s late I know, but I didn’t want to leave this holiday without sharing a craft or two. And, I know everyone is pooped from today’s celebrations so I’ll make this quick.

I’ve been recently introduced to Krylon’s Chalkboard spray paint. It’s fast, easy and creates a chalkboard surface on virtually any surface. Follow directions on the can.

I had an old frame and the glass within the frame was in poor shape, paint splotches, glue, etc. So I removed the glass from the frame, flipped the glass to the good side and sprayed the good side with the chalkboard paint. I also sprayed an old depression glass wine goblet which was chipped at the rim and turned it into a floral vase (with message of course!) After the paint was dry I re-inserted the glass back into the frame for the perfect message board. What’s cool about this is you can use the chalkboard surface over and over. Simply clean it with a damp cloth!

Oh! And I cut a Valentine’s Day card out of card stock paper and also cut a heart from one of my old flannel shirts (see previous flannel shirt post).  Glued the flannel heart to the card and now I’m pooped!

Good night and happy crafting!

Depression Glass Top Hats

Hello crafters. It’s Friday night and I’m recovering from a nasty case of the flu so what do I do? Clean of course.

While rootin and a diggin in my cupboard, I came across these colorful, cute depression glass tooth pick holders in the shape of top hats. For some time I’ve been picking these depression glass beauties up at flea markets with the intention of using them – not as tooth pick holders mind you.  And in case you’re wondering, the multi-faceted pattern on the top hats is called ‘Button and Star’.

So tonight I popped tiny votive candles inside and they’re not looking so depressed anymore!  I’m feeling better already.

Enjoy your weekend!