Purge into Pretty

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!


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