DIY Flower Vases

Hi, my sweet friends!

Surfing on Pinterest I came across these cute flower vases, so I decided my next project would be that. Copycat girl. I had on hand the supplies I needed, so my only work was to clean the bottles and remove the labels, tedious task! I am still in the search of the magic way to remove them easily, but at the moment I am using this trick shared by Jillee which you can check it here. Thanks Jillee!!

Decorative jars

The process can’t be easier! You will need the following:

  • Bottle
  • DIY chalk paint (or any paint you use to paint on glass)
  • Twine
  • Graphics  (check them here)
  • Modpodge / Glue

I started with a Vodka bottle I found next to a dumpster. I liked the shape so I took it home with me 😉


With the clean bottle I started painting it with the homemade chalk paint, two coats for a good cover letting it dry between coats.


I printed with my laser jet printer the mirrored images, and cut them. Then I applied a thin layer of Modpode to the images and placed them onto the bottles. Here it comes the most difficult part, PATIENCE!! I recommend you to let it dry at least 6-8 h, that’s why I normally do that at night and let them dry overnight, so when I wake up they are ready to remove the paper.


To remove the paper you’ll need a bit of patience too… I use a sponge to make it wet, then rub with my fingers thoroughly until I can see the image below and let it dry for a while.

Once it’s dry you’ll see a white film appears over it, wet it again and continue rubbing until that film disappears and there’s a clear image. If you want to see a full tutorial with pictures of the process, have a look at how to transfer images.

Then I wrapped some twine around the neck of the bottle, varnish all the bottle and you’re done!! You can use it to add some character to any space.

Empty bottle turned flower vase - Botella reciclada en jarron

Empty bottled upcycled into a flower vase - Jarrón %22Bay Rum%22

Jarron - Fine Bay Rum

Jarron - White Toilet

As you can see, I did lots of different flower vases using other bottles and images. They are lovely as gifts or for your own home.

DIY Flower Vases


I would love to see yours if you decide to do your own version.



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  1. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    So pretty! I’m a sucker for any project that involves twine 🙂 Seriously, though, these are really great to add into all different kinds of displays or use as a whole collection in one display. I’m glad you were inspired to create your own!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Jamie! Thank you for stopping by and comment 🙂 I love twine as well, but what I love most is to recycle everything I have so they are great as gifts for family and friends, I never run out of them!

  2. ERFmama says:

    Oh my goodness! This has not even crossed my mind to do! And I keep complaining that I don’t have any vases! lol
    Thanks so much for this! 😀


  3. Carol@The Red Painted Cottage says:

    OMG, Love this! So simple and easy looking. I vases, but only one that you can’t see through; and not seeing through can sometimes be a good thing. I’m going to make a few. Thank you for sharing on Finding Silver Pennies!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Carol! I agree with you, not seeing through sometimes can be a good thing. Glad you found some inspiration to make your own, I would love to see them. Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Rose! You’re welcome, it’s been great being part of the party and I’ll be there again today.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Katherines, thanks a lot for your sweet words and for stopping by! It’s been a pleasure to be part of the party and I’ll be right there again this week.

  4. Lissette says:

    These are so creative! I was considering doing something similar with spaghetti sauce jars to grow my own herb garden in the kitchen, I just need to work through where my garden would work best… <3 #FridayFunday

    • Pili says:

      That’s a great idea Lissette, I think I could try something similar although I’m not too at growing plants

    • Pili says:

      Thanks so much! Si quieres leer el blog en español, justo debajo del menú en la derecha tienes una banderita para cambiar de idioma. Gracias por pasarte y comentar!

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  6. FLORENCE says:

    I was going to say my go-to method for removing labels is dishwashing detergent dissolved in water & put bottles in it for an hour or two. Then the labels slide right off.
    Love your bottles! You have created some pretty vases now. I found a pretty liquor bottle at a yard sale & did one which I love. Totally agree with you that it requires patience to wait for that transfer to set. That’s the hardest part, isn’t it?

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