Milk Glass Vases with a Flower Frog as Table Decorations / Wedding Vases

Milk Glass Vases with a Flower Frog as Table Decorations / Wedding Vases

There are certain things that I always find on my thrifting adventures and yet, always pass by- and one of those used to be 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)! I wondered if a shaker top would act as a flower frog / floral frog to create flower centerpieces. And if I upcycled them into milk glass vases with some spray paint, then they’d be the PERFECT table decorations or wedding vases for the DIY wedding.

First, I found this cheese shaker…

Upcycling cheese shakers into flower centerpieces with a built in flower frog or floral frog by Sadie Seasongoods /

Followed by a whole gaggle of them!

Cheese shakers to be repurposed into milk glass vases or wedding vases and table decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

Plentiful on thrift store shelves AND inexpensive? If this idea worked, then it would be a terrific way to create flower centerpieces or wedding vases for the bride on a budget. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.



Creating Milk Glass Vases with a Flower Frog Top

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

Using the shaker tops as a floral frog or flower frog for wedding vases and table decorations as wedding decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

And to transform them into milk glass vases, I hunted down some milk glass paint at Lowe’s.

Using milk glass paint to create milk glass vases to use as flower centerpieces or table decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

And I toned down the shiny shaker tops (aka, flower frog or floral frog tops!) with some antique flat spray paint that has an almost pewter look.

In the end, this is what my milk glass vases looked like. I used regular spray paint on the pink and white jars, and it didn’t have quite the same effect (a creamy shine, if that makes sense) as the milk glass paint. But’s let’s go with it anyway!

Making milk glass vases for flower centerpieces using the shaker tops as a flower frog or floral frog by Sadie Seasongoods /

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 shakers as milk glass vases with a flower frog or floral frog from the shaker top for table decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

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.

Making flower centerpieces or table decorations in milk glass vases with shaker tops as floral frog or flower frog by Sadie Seasongoods /

Milk Glass Vases for Table Decorations / Wedding Decor

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 of the flower frog, you can create bouquet-like arrangements on the fly.

Wedding vases or flower centerpieces made from cheese shakers turned into milk glass vases with flower frog from shaker top by Sadie Seasongoods /

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

How to make milk glass vases for table decorations by upcycling cheese shakers and using the shaker top as a flower frog by Sadie Seasongoods /

Think you’ll look at cheese shakers differently now? I’m pretty sure I’ll always see them as future milk glass vases with a flower frog / floral frog top from now on. And I’ll CERTAINLY see them as wedding vases or table decorations for a wedding reception, too.

Making Table decorations or wedding vases from cheese shakers turned into milk glass vases with the shaker top as a flower frog by Sadie Seasongoods /

There are so many possibilities for these, but I really can envision these as flower centerpieces for wedding decor. But bridal shower decorations or another Spring party would be perfect as well. Either way, these milk glass vases with a built-in flower frog turned out better than I ever could have imagined!

Interested in more upcycling ideas for wedding decor? Check out this message in a bottle decor idea for a beach wedding!

Message in a bottle from wine bottle crafts and cork crafts for recycling glass into ocean decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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!

  29. These are adorable! They would be perfect for a Mother’s Day event too! I have not seen the milk paint, Can’t wait to try it!

  30. Donna Wilkes says

    Pinned, shared and stealing!!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      “Borrowing”, Donna, “borrowing”! LOL…I’m on an endless quest to get people to stop “stealing” ideas. Borrowing is much more appreciated. 😉 😉 😉


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