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Do you have an old glass bottle collection too? I have accumulated so many old glass jars and bottles of all shapes and sizes over the past few years, and I love incorporating them into our decor here at the farmhouse. So today on the blog, I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to repurpose and reuse vintage glass jars and bottles in your home’s decor!
There are two underlying themes for this post. The first being “use what you have”. That’s truly how I have decorated our home the past few years, slowly adding in new pieces here and there, but mostly just using what I have in new and fresh ways. And it’s no different when decorating with my vintage glass bottle collection. The second theme of this post is “functional, but make it pretty”. There’s nothing wrong with storing things in the packaging or containers the items are sold in. It’s functional, but why not make it pretty if you can?
11 Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Your Glass Bottle Collection
#1 Fill a Blue Ball Mason Jar with Fresh Flowers as a Vintage Vase
If you have a mason jar, you have a flower vase! I also like to collect milk glass, and I have several different sizes and different shapes of white, milk glass flower vases. But I love the simple, country look of pretty white flowers in a blue Ball Mason Jar! Use what you like, and use what you have.
#2 Add Laundry Stain Spray and a New Spray Nozzle to a Vintage Clorox Bottle
After emptying a container of store bought household cleaner, I got the idea to try adding a spray nozzle on one of my brown glass, vintage Clorox bottles. To my surprise, it was a perfect fit! So I decided to repurpose the vintage Clorox bottle as my laundry stain spray bottle. I buy the big refill of Oxiclean spray and refill this glass jar as needed.
This idea is the definition of functional, but make it pretty!
#3 Style Green Glass Coca-Cola Bottles as Candleholders
The small opening on old glass Coca-Cola bottles is the perfect size for a candle. For this look, I used battery operated taper candles, but you could totally use real taper candles in stead! I love the subtle pop of color these add in the spring and summer.
#4 Freshen Up Your Bathrooms Naturally by Adding Fresh Herbs and Water to Small Antique Glass Bottles
Last summer we had a couple lavendar plants on the front porch steps. I clipped a few stems and added them to these tiny, vintage glass bottles in the upstairs bathroom. My intention was to add a little color and life to the space. But the smell of the lavendar filled the bathroom and lasted for days!
Try freshening up your home by adding a few sprigs of your favorite herb to a small jar of water. The lavendar smelled amazing, but you could also try rosemary or any herb that smells good to you!
#5 Arrange Brown Glass Clorox Bottles with Mini Flags for a Vintage Summer Look
This was such a simple look to put together, and it instantly made this space feel more like summer!
#6 Fill a Clear Glass Jar with Extra Taper Candles
I used to store my extra taper candles in a plastic tub under the counter, but this is so much prettier to me. You can reuse glass jars as practical storage for your everyday items, and it’s a great way to incorporate them into your home’s decor!
#7 Group Your Glass Bottle Collections on a Shelf or Cabinet
Grouping like items, like old collected bottles and jars together is a fun way to display them without making things look too cluttered. And it can be a fun way to add a little color too! These amber glass bottles can add warmth for fall, but I love displaying them year round in our home’s neutral aesthetic.
#8 Style Vintage Amber Glass Jars with Seasonal Faux Stems for a Fall Tablescape
The brown glass plays up the warm tones, especially when you pair it with fall faux florals and pumpkins!
#9 Reuse Glass Mason Jars with Lids for Coffee or Dry Food Storage
Functional, but make it pretty! This winter coffee bar look shows how we reuse glass mason jars to store coffee beans, ground coffee, and marshmallow for hot cocoa.
#10 Repurpose Mason Jars as Storage for Your Pet’s Treats
You can use the regular metal mason jar rings and lids like I did in our coffee bar above. But I also have a few plastic lids that I like to use on some of our food storage jars too! These plastic lids are really nice to have on hand because its just one piece instead of two, it washes up easily, it’s leak proof, and it gets a tight seal on the jar which helps keep the contents fresh longer. It looks pretty tiny on the jar shown below, but they are the “regular mouth” size. The jar below is just a really big jar!
#11 Add Seasonal Stems or Branches to Large Glass Jars for a Neutral Winter Look
I like to clip cedar branches from the trees in our yard and incorporate them into our winter / Christmas decor. It’s neutral but still festive, and is very much in line with my “use what you have” approach here at the farmhouse. And I’m all about free decor courtesy of the backyard!
Where did you find all your vintage glass jars and bottles?
Probably ninety percent of the vintage glass bottles and jars in our home were found and collected from the old trash dumpsite here on our property. (I blogged more about it in an earlier post. Click the hyperlink above to go check it out!)
They were half buried and covered in dirt and grime, but they shined up so pretty! And they’re probably my favorite vintage collection because of the sentimental element. Because we live on family land, I know that these old jars and bottles would have belonged to my Granny or her mama or another family member from one of the many generations that lived here before me!
I want to start my own collection! Where should I look for old bottles and jars?
You can find old bottles and jars for free in your home, and I bet you’re throwing them out pretty regularly not even thinking about it. I recently started saving my spaghetti sauce jars when I saw the sides of them! I have some really old jars that have the older “Atlas Mason” logo in the glass. So finding the new logo on these spaghetti sauce jars was a pretty cool discovery.
How do you clean grimey old bottles and jars?
Do you collect old bottles and vintage glass jars too? Need help getting your collection all cleaned up before you can use them in your home’s decor? I blogged my method for cleaning old glass bottles and jars in this post. It’s one of my most popular posts on Pinterest and is a great resource for cleaning found bottles and jars! Click the photo below or the hyperlink above to visit the post.
I hope today’s post brought a little inspiration to your scroll and gave you a new idea or two for how to reuse glass jars and bottles in your home’s decor! If you enjoyed the post, and if you are a fellow lover of all things vintage and antique, I’d like to invite you to join my email community! Being a part of my email list is the best way to stay in touch and be sure you never miss a post. Here on the blog, and in my email newsletters, I share all my favorite decor tips and tricks, DIY’s and projects, and of course… my love of antiques!
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