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Personalized DIY Glass Milk Bottles

These little DIY glass milk bottles were so fun to make and made use of otherwise discarded glass bottles. They are perfect for your zinnia bouquet or for a special drink. What fun party favors they would be too!

I have mentioned many times before, but I am a firm believer in kismet, which is simply defined as destiny or fate.

It was kismet that led my eyes to spy a case of Starbucks Frappuccino this past Friday whilst at Costco. I know my son truly loves iced coffee, but this truly falls into ‘frivolous’ spending to which I don’t typically succumb. But kismet prompted me to justify the purchase because a) it was on sale and b) I thought it’d be a fun ‘back to school’ treat. Then, as my son enjoyed these little beverage treats, it was that craft kismet that kept nagging me to do something with the cute little empty bottles.

At first I brushed away this little nag…I mean, my crafting to-do list is a mile long and I don’t really need to be collecting empty glass bottles. Afterall, I just emptied my drawers of too many glass bottles when I did my big declutter last year and so have been hesitant to start adding clutter back.

So into the recycling bin the first couple of glass bottles went.

But then…kismet got me thinking.

Those little glass milk bottles are fun for flowers and for beverages. And I could bump the ‘fun’ up a notch by personalizing the bottles by using my Cricut and stenciling a ‘label’.

So on a rainy Monday, while I had laundry to fold and paint to paint, I instead did what kismet prompted me to do…I dug through the recycling bin to find the discarded bottles and then fiddled, crafted and ‘created’ these little glass milk bottles.

What I Used to DIY Glass Milk Bottles:

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How I Made the DIY Glass Milk Bottles:

  • Cleaned bottles and removed label.
  • I removed the label by heating in a pot of water over medium heat for about 30 minutes, then used Goo Gone to remove the rest of the residue.
  • I cleaned off the Goo Gone residue with rubbing alcohol.
  • I then washed the bottle well with Dawn to make sure it was completely clean.
  • Then it was time for the fun. I designed the graphic using Cricut Design Space…the cow and fonts were free with my Cricut Access subscription.I used free designs from Cricut Access for my glass milk bottle.
  • Once the I had my design, I used some scrap pieces of vinyl to make my stencil.
  • I weeded the design and used Cricut Transfer tape to put the image on the bottle. I burnished the image real well after I put the transfer tape …Use your scraper to burnish the stencil.
  • and again when I transferred the image to the bottle.Use testors paint to stencil the diy glass milk bottle
  • Once I was sure that there weren’t any air bubbles, especially close to the design and words, I lightly dabbed on the black paint.  I applied 3 light coats which definitely helps to prevent any seepage under the stencil. The image below shows after 2 coats…you can still see through a little bit, but after the 3rd coat it’s completely opaque. Three thin layers of paint make sure that the paint doesn't seep under the stencil on the DIY glass milk bottle
  • CAREFULLY pull the stencil off.  You might have a couple of areas that you need to touch up with your paint…I found that a needle dipped in the black paint worked better to get the small areas then any brush would.
  • A spray of polyurethane will help keep your stencil intact.

So, now that I know what I’m going to do with the 16 bottles that are in the case, I’m going to enjoy using different fonts and maybe different graphics!

This DIY glass milk bottles are such a fun idea for a party…or just as a special ‘cup’.

I love these little diy glass milk bottles for my zinnia bouquets.

And of course, you can’t beat a bunch of zinnias in a glass milk bottle.

Starbucks Milk Bottle

Want to upcycle your bottles too? Bookmark this page or pin it for your future reference.

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  1. Lynn, this is one of my favorite craft projects ever! It’s so clever to recycle those cute bottles. I am so in love with these!! Great job!

  2. Well, these are just the sweetest…and…I just picked up a vintage milk crate at the thrift store and someone mentioned that I need to find the milk bottles to go with. Now I am just going to make my own, Lynn, thanks to your tutorial. Off to pin it so I am ready to go after I drink my frappuccinos of course! 😉 Awesome timing! Thanks!

  3. I also love those little bottles and had a whole collection of them in NY. I ended up putting twine around them but I love what you did here. So much personality from such a small bottle.

  4. I think I need a Cricut! I love your bottles, what a fun craft. I too enjoy the Starbucks iced frappuccinos [it´s also the only one I get here] and did not collect them so far for the same reasons as yours ;). Too many bottles and jars are already in my small kitchen… but now I need to drink some more, because this is just beautiful!

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