Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Big Up Blighty: How To Make Milk Bottle Vases

Its time for my weekly craft injection and this one is such a simple idea but looks so effective.There is something quintessentially British about milk bottles in crates and this project is a humorous take on wedding flower displays. If you just fancy some cool looking flower vases forget the crate. I've gone for a union jack colour  theme but you could go for pastels or all white. They look great in a row on a book shelf or window sill.

You will need
A wooden crate (I got mine from my local green grocer)
Milk bottles (if you have your milk delivered check its ok with the milkman)
Red, white and blue enamel spray paint
A dust mask
Red, white and blue ribbon
White emulsion paint
PVA Glue
A paint brush
A Union Jack postcard

Step One

Paint your wooden crate with white paint. For a shabby chic look use just one coat with a large brush
Step Two

Spray your milk bottles. Ensure you do this outside or in a well ventilated workshop and wear your mask and gloves. The bottles need two coats and look almost like they made of china or porcelain when they are dry.
Step Three

Tie Ribbon around the bottle stems
Step Four

Glue your sign to the front of your crate and put single flowers in each bottle.

To stop the bottles moving you may want to pad your crate with some tissue paper or sisal.

Quick, inexpensive and very effective.The perfect antidote to overblown expensive floral displays.

If you enjoyed this I have plenty of other craft projects over on my crafts page
I also have a book called Handmade Wedding Crafts which features this and lots of other fabulous vintage inspired wedding craft projects for your delectation.
*Disclaimer- I bear no responsibility for any craft related injuries you might receive in the pursuit of handmade loveliness. As with any craft or DIY project the reader undertakes it at their own risk.
All Photos by Nicky Rockets

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