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Purge into Pretty

March 5, 2013

With Spring peeking right around the corner, it’s time to think about purging. Don’t even get me started on my pantry project…

Instead of purging old condiment jars and bottles, repurpose with a bit of paint to transform them into bud vases in sweet shades of trendy emerald green. It’s the perfect seasonal display to update a mantle, kitchen table, nightstand, or windowsill.

This post was another commissioned piece for THIS magazine.

  • For bottles: jam jar, soda bottles, vinegar bottle, syrup bottle. For paint: Olympic in A62a and A62b (shades of emerald), $2.99 each, Lowe’s. For syringe: Lowe’s, complimentary, ask clerk. For flowers: Spray Roses, $5.99, Trader Joe’s.


  • prep – begin by washing all bottles and let dry completely (overnight). 1 withdraw paint using a paint syringe. 2 insert syringe into bottle opening and dispense a stream of paint.  3 with the bottle lying horizontal, slowly rotate to evenly cover entire inside surface of the bottle.  4 pour remaining paint back into jar.  5  remove excess paint from bottle mouth using a paper towel, dampened with water if needed. 6 let jars rest upright for 3 – 4 hours. repeat steps 4 and 5 one more time. let jars rest overnight until completely dried. 7 fill a disposable floral vile with water (do not put water directly into bottles – as the paint will wash away). 8 insert flowers into plastic vile and arrange inside bottle(s) of choice. display in any place that needs a touch of spring beauty!



  • Reply Brittney @teaberrytrails March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Love this idea! They look great and are easy too! Win win in my book!

  • Reply supreet kour March 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This is such a simple way to add some home made charm…beautiful. I am a new follower.

  • Reply lauren March 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    love the shabby chic look they have! How creative!!:)

  • Reply Brittany March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    What a simple and beautiful way to add a touch of color to any space! Where did you get those fantastic keys because I’m in love!

  • Reply Jessica March 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love the way you have the bottles arranged on the sheet music. It gives it the perfect touch of vintage.

  • Reply jaclyn @ March 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Love the colors!!! And the idea 🙂

  • Reply Kristina March 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    This is so pretty, I want to make some!


    Kristina does the Internets

  • Reply Erin @Axell's Kitchen March 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful!! What a great idea!

  • Reply Kristin March 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I just did this! I painted my living room and redecorated with mostly home made/repurposed items. I love it!

  • Reply Carla March 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    So cute, totally pinning this to do it later on!

  • Reply Olga@StardustDecorStyle October 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    This is so cute! Just a question… is this acrylic paint, the one we use for the walls?

    • Reply missy October 18, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Yes, acrylic paint! Any color will work!

  • Reply Annemarie June 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I tried this with enamel paint and they look great right after being poured but the next morning some of the paint has pulled away from the glass. Any suggestions?

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  • Reply Lindsay October 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Where can you find the disposable floral viles?

  • Reply Megan July 21, 2015 at 4:32 am

    I’ve tried this with yellow acrylic paint and it was sooo cute!

  • Reply Brittani February 29, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I love this idea, as well as the paint color!

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