Modern Flower Frogs with Cheese & Sugar Shakers

Modern Flower Frogs with Cheese & Sugar Shakers

There are certain things that I always find on my thrifting adventures and yet, always pass by- and one of those used to be sugar and/or cheese shakers. I never had a fun or fresh idea for them…until recently. And once I had a vision in mind, I just couldn’t shake it (pun intended)!

Cheese / Sugar shaker at the thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First shaker purchase…

Sugar and cheese shakers at the thrift store for repurposing and upcycling into DIY wedding decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and then I hit the mother load!

You see, I realized something. Upon further inspection, I realized that the shaker tops could act as the PERFECT built-in flower frog. Just like the symmetrical grids of yesteryear, the sugar/cheese shaker tops had a series of holes, either concentric or just in a symmetrical pattern, and then the glass jar was an ideal vase. And with wedding season upon us, it just seemed like an ideal time to test my theory out. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

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Full Tutorial: Flower Vases from Repurposed Cheese & Sugar Shakers

After some “precision thrifting” and an Etsy purchase, I ended up with a nice collection of shakers.

Sugar and cheese shakers from the thrift store for repurposing and upcycling into DIY wedding decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- all assembled and ready for rerpurposing!

Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. So, I decided to give the glass jars a milk glass paint job…

Spray painting cheese and sugar shakers with milk glass spray paint for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For a vintage-y look…

And I toned down the shiny shakers with some antique flat spray paint that has an almost pewter look.

Spray painting cheese and sugar shaker tops to make them look vintage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a little makeover for the tops, too…

In the end, this is what they looked like. I used regular spray paint on the pink and white jars, and it didn’t have quite the same effect as the milk glass paint. But’s let’s go with it anyway!

Cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store given a milk glass paint job to be repurposed as flower vases with built in flower frog by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All dressed up and ready to go!

NOW- to test out the flower frog theory. Don’t you agree, though? That these shaker tops are just begging for flower stems? And that the even spacing and symmetrical patterns will help those of us out that aren’t gifted flower arrangers (i.e., me)?

Cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store given a milk glass paint job to be repurposed as flower vases with built in flower frog by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Some see a sugar shaker…but I see a flower frog!

I, of course, without a hearty wedding budget at my disposal, used silk flowers from the craft store. But I would LOVE to play around with real blooms sometime. Until then, though, it’s just me, some silk flowers, and my wire cutters.

Repurposing and upcycling cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store into DIY vases with built in flower frogs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Flower Arranging 101…

And you know what? IT TOTALLY WORKS! I’m still not naturally charmed in the flower-arranging arena, but without much effort or creativity, the shakers hold the stems in place nicely. And if you pay attention to even spacing of the holes, you can create bouquet-like arrangements on the fly.

Repurposing and upcycling cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store into DIY vases with built in flower frogs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A great idea for a DIY Bride!

It almost makes me want to have a second wedding, just so I can make dozens of these…OK, maybe that’s overkill. But, they really are an easy and inexpensive way to create unique table décor for the reception (or any party, for that matter).

DIY vase with a built in flower frog using repurposed and upcycled cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The easiest way to arrange flowers…

Think you’ll look at cheese and sugar shakers differently now? I’m pretty sure I’ll always see them as built-in flower frog vases from now on!

DIY vase with a built in flower frog using repurposed and upcycled cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection- I love it!

And if you’re looking for more wedding decor ideas, check out AllFreeDIYWeddings for some great DIY inspiration!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!DIY vase with a built in flower frog using repurposed and upcycled cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Wonderful idea, the painted jars hide the stems, so creative! This is the first time I have seen milk glass paint!

  2. Love love ’em….love the colors too…they have some if these jars at the Dollar Tree stores. Thanks for sharing …

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Let me know if you find the kind with a shaker top at Dollar Tree- I could only find the “covered tab” pouring kind…

  3. Fonda Rush says:

    Love this idea! The colors are beautiful, and I agree with you that the shine should come off the lids. The colors remind me of the macaroons I’ve been seeing on the web — also party butter mints. Beautiful!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Maybe that’s why I love the color combo so much- I can’t be left alone with a bowl of butter mints because I’ll eat them all! LOL

  4. So pretty! I do love the way the aqua “milk glass” turned out. I’ve been painting vases & other plant holders white, but I need to check out that Valspar stuff. — Thanks for the info!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It was new to me, too- and in person, it really does look the best. There’s supposedly a “blush” color but I could never find it!

  5. Kaycee F says:

    These are just so adorable! What a vision, you are truly gifted to “see” beyond an items ordinary purpose!!! Love, love, love them!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      And I’ve held you in suspense for a couple of weeks, LOL- thank you for being patient!! (And for loving the project 🙂 )

  6. Margaret says:

    Another fabulous idea.. you really have an eye for repurposing! Thanks for sharing!

  7. creationsbycindynefcomnet says:

    Love, love, love what you have done here! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. These look fantastic! Great idea and perfect colors!

  9. This is a fantastic idea. I think these are beautiful and practical with the flower frog tops.

  10. Theresa Sambrano says:

    Love, love, love this idea! I am on the hunt…

  11. I wish I would’ve come up with such a clever idea last year this time when planning my daughter’s wedding. So pretty and such a brilliant idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Marie- that’s how I feel about my own wedding, too! Ah well…here’s hoping some future DIY Brides find my post! 🙂

  12. Kristie Cook says:

    Love this! I see these in the thrift stores all the time too & pass them up. Not now!

  13. Nancy Walden says:

    Love them! I have three mason jar frog tops from a wire holder/jar set that I bought at a discount store. I’m using the jars to hold plastic “silverware” so the frog tops are sitting in a drawer. You’ve inspired me to find some taller small mouth jars I can use the tops on!

  14. natashalh says:

    Lovely! The paint looks great – the piece of cut glass, in particular, looks so realistic!

  15. I love this! I see these in the thrift stores all the time so I will definitely see them differently now. These look so pretty painted.

  16. So pretty & a great repurpose!!!

  17. These are RIGHT up my alley. Love this idea for gifts or centerpieces!

  18. I’ve been searching for milk glass and this is a good compromise. Love anything with spray paint so will have to check out milk glass paint.

  19. Great idea, as usual. Never thought of this one before. Will now be on the lookout for shakers.

  20. Well, finally got printer to work and get to leave a comment. We have the worst internet service there is. Had to restart pc to get to to print and to be able to leave a comment, had – this page not working. Sometimes can’t get pc to work at all, it’s this place and they won’t do anything to make it right. Since we don’t live in Grand Junction have only two choices out here and they both stink but charge alot for frustration, is ridiculous. Would love to move away from here.
    Sorry it gets to me after while, every day /night sitting waiting and waiting for pages to load. We had better internet service from AOL years ago in middle of nowhere in MT.
    Love your wonderful frog containers.I happen to have some of that milk glass paint and couple containers so will be trying this, love how milk glass paint makes them look. What a fantastic idea.
    Leave it to you to see what great flower frogs the tops would be.

  21. Love your shaker flower frogs. So creative. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  22. Absolutely perfect in every way. I love your style.

  23. Sarah you have done it again. Such an original repurpose. But what really makes it special is those lovely soft colors you have painted the vases.

  24. I love, love,love the way you think! Guess what I’ll be looking for the next time I go thrifting?
    Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  25. OMG, what a fun clever idea. When I first saw the picture (before clicking onto the instruction page) I would have never guess that the vase was sugar holder, turned into fabulous swans. Wow!

  26. Another fabulous repurpose!!! Who would have thought? They would make such lovely gifts!

  27. What a fun idea, and they turned our so Pretty! I love the colors that you chose, and how you tone down the tops.

  28. I love these Sarah, the colours are super pretty and the contrasting flowers too! Great and fun idea!

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