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I’ll let you in on a secret… I hoard several glass and plastic containers that probably should be sent to the recycling bin. I just can’t seem to toss anything glass into the recycling bin. I have a full assortment of empty containers ranging from baby food jars, spaghetti jars, mini syrup bottles, and even plastic baby wipe containers. They just stack up around the house and I’ve had to hide them from the Hubs who just tosses them right into the recycling bin. Somehow I have to justify keeping these containers. Here is a super cool way to use glass milk bottles.
Now, I’ve seen the milk bottles all over the craft stores. However, you can get some for absolutely free and get some coffee too. I used the Starbucks bottled coffees!! You have probably seen them in the grocery store, but they are exactly the same shape of the milk bottles from the craft store AND I get to drink some coffee.
It’s so easy to make these glass vases. Each glass was taped off at various heights with the upper portion covered with paper. The mercury glass look is very easy to achieve using Mirror Effect spray paint and a spray bottle of equal parts vinegar and water. There are different diy mercury glass tutorials out there in the blogosphere, but I prefer spraying the glass with the vinegar/water solution first followed by the mirror effect spray paint onto the wet glass. This restricts the bonding of the paint to the glass where the vinegar/water solution is. It almost looks like silver bubbles.
While the first coat of the mirror effect spray was drying, I spritzed the vinegar/water spray again followed by another coat of the mirror effect spray paint. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet then allow to dry. I brushed on the DecoArt Elegant Finish gold paint on the unsprayed areas of the glass.
Tip: To achieve a textured look like mine, paint the first coat using vertical paint strokes then use horizontal painting strokes for your second coat. Be sure to let the paint dry in between coats. Use a sponge brush to apply the gold paint or gold spray paint for a non-textured, sleek finish.
I love how the bottle vases turned out. I think I may need to do a larger vase in the future! If you’re a copper or silver fan, just replaced the gold paint with your favorite metallic color. These vases could also be used as a craft supply holder, makeup brush organizer, or for kitchen tools! Where would you use these two toned milk glasses?