Sweet & Simple Easter Décor in Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass

Sweet & Simple Easter Décor in Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass

Vintage hobnail milk glass is one of those things that you can actually find in thrift stores from time to time. Some people collect it, but plenty do not…and while I don’t snap up every piece I see, I couldn’t help myself with this oblong dish that I recently found.

Vintage hobnail milk glass dish at the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Thrift store treasure!

It was a fun and unusual shape, but the best part was the label that someone had put on the top…

Vintage hobnail milk glass dish at the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wait, what?

Unmarked white textured dish! I’m sure I guffawed out loud…and while that’s an accurate description, I’m sure that’s why this piece hadn’t sold at auction (that’s what the cling wrap & barcode mean on a Goodwill item- that it had been put in their online auction).

So, now I *had* to save this “unmarked white textured dish”, right? And since I already had a footed diamond milk glass compote dish, I decided to figure out a way to create a non-permanent project for them. With all things Spring and Easter on my mind, I figured something seasonal would be a fun way to do it! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Collecting vintage hobnail milk glass and diamond milk glass from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The beginnings of a collection…

Since I creater a 5-minute Valentine’s Day project earlier this year, how does something similar (time-wise) for Easter sound? Ok, maybe this is a more 10- or 15-minute project, but STILL…pretty quick and easy! First, I started off with a square of plastic craft grass (from Michaels) and my heavy duty crafting scissors.

Creating a 5-minute Easter project in repurposed vintage hobnail milk glass dishes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s make some super quick Easter decor!

From there, I simply cut out pieces of grass mat that fit comfortably inside my vintage hobnail milk glass! The oblong dish was easy- one thin strip of grass fit it perfectly! But the compote required a little more creativity with smaller pieces to fill in the gaps. But either way, it took just a few minutes to cut and fill each dish.

Creating a 5-minute Easter project in repurposed vintage hobnail milk glass dishes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, isn’t that cute already?

And you know what? I kind of like how that looks just as it is- the fresh and bright green against the white hobnail milk glass? Just like this would be nice for Spring and Summer decorating…

But since this is an Easter project, I just needed one more thing…

Adding artificial grass and Easter eggs to upcycled vintage hobnail milk glass as DIY Easter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mini Easter eggs!

Little speckled eggs! I could have gone for more neutral colors, but for this project, I preferred bright pops of pastel pinks, yellows, blues, and purples.

Adding artificial grass and Easter eggs to upcycled vintage hobnail milk glass as DIY Easter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So cute…

And from there, I just nestled them in the long blades of grass…I mean, really, that’s all I did! Space them out and nestle them in.

Vintage hobnail milk glass repurposed into sweet and simple DIY Easter decor for Spring decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So sweet and so quick!

Ta-da! Sweet and simple Easter décor in vintage hobnail milk glass! I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than that.

Easy 5-minute DIY Easter decor using upcycling vintage hobnail milk glass filled with grass and Easter eggs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All ready for Easter…and easy to pack away when I’m done!

Easy 5-minute DIY Easter decor using upcycling vintage hobnail milk glass filled with grass and Easter eggs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

What do you think?

Now, of course you could grow wheatgrass or something similar in your hobnail milk glass, but honestly…that seemed like a lot of messy work! And this makes clean up simple…and I can just store everything year after year.

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Now that the tutorial is over, how about a quick little giveaway?

As promised on my Facebook page, I’m giving away a small assortment of vintage linens to someone for craft projects! They’re a fun element  to repurpose/upcycle each Spring, with their pretty embroidered flowers and pastel colors.
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(Giveaway is Open to Residents of the USA, 18 years or older only, and will end at 12:00 am ET on Wednesday, March 18, 2018. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Sadie Seasongoods is not responsible for any damage that may occur during shipping. Thank you for your understanding!)

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The question is, though- will I be able to pass up the next piece of vintage hobnail milk glass that I find on my thrifting adventures? That remains to be seen…

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Super cute idea, I have a square milk glass footed bowl that would do nicely for a project like this.

  2. kathybeemer says:

    Never thought about using milk glass like this. I think I have an old piece around here somewhere. I’m going on a hunt………..

  3. Patty Soriano says:

    No, do NOT pass the Hobnail Milk Glass, do NOT collect $200. 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hee-hee, I’ve passed up regular milk glass before (or the kind with grapes on it), but I’m definitely a sucker for the hobnail!!!

  4. Those are so cute!

  5. This is such a cute project. It would make a great centerpiece. I didn’t even know fake grass in sheets was a thing! My cats would gnaw on real grass if I used it!!! Heck, they might even nibble on the fake stuff, too! I love the shapes of the “unmarked white textured dish”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that.

    And, don’t you just hate that Goodwill auctions off the “good” stuff? I don’t think that’s fair, and I’ll bet that the people who donate those items don’t know it. I don’t appreciate many of Goodwill’s practices, so I boycott the place. I also boycott Salvation Army for their intolerance of the LGBT community. In my community, we have a thrift store that helps people in the community, so I shop there and the surrounding ReStores. There is also a chain of thrift stores in our area called Hope Chest, and they serve women and children who are or have been victims of domestic violence. Apparently, they give temporary housing and other services to help them straighten out their lives so they can go on.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      That’s what I opted for the faux grass, too- Cottonball would have had a field day with the real thing! And yes, I completely understand what you’re saying- I avoid certain thrifts, if possible, based on social positions. But I remind myself that secondhand shopping is still better for the planet overall than big box store shopping! If I could source everything I needed from animal welfare and domestic violence shops, though, I would in a heartbeat! That’s one of my favorite things to do for my Junkin’ Journeys…scout out thrifts that benefit charities that are either near and dear to my heart or make me smile (even if it’s a cause I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of)!

      • Yes, you’re right about helping to make sure things are not hitting the landfill. Luckily, I usually don’t have to make the decision. There are no Goodwills or Salvation Armies close to me, so almost by default, I don’t even have the opportunity to shop there. I think my needs are shrinking, too. I went to my favorite thrift stores, and Katie was talked into buying a stuff bear. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have purchased anything. I went to the ReStore yesterday, and came away with nothing. What is the world coming to???

    • amberlyonferguson2017 says:

      Hello! I have featured this adorable post tonight in my highlights from the Spring and Easter Joys Link Party. Thanks for linking up!
      https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/inspiring-highlights-spring-and-easter-joys-link-party-round-up/

  6. Kathy A. says:

    The only thing I would add to your creations is a bunny, probably plush, looking like he is “picking” the eggs! Maybe a basket over his arm. Great idea and I love how it is not permanent and doesn’t mar a vintage item! I’d love to build a tower of vintage glass bulbs in the footed bowl for Christmas! Or heap it with wrapped candies like peppermints or foiled chocolates.

    If Goodwill had labeled that oblong dish as “Fenton hobnail planter,” they might have had a few takers! I sincerely hoard milk glass (the solid white, the “skim milk” stuff, not so much). I don’t know why it calls to me, but it does. It never ceases to amaze me how GW prices stuff. Dollar Tree items with their sticker still on the bottom will be $3, while some treasures go unrecognized. Yesterday, I got 2 Wedgwood dinner plates for $2 each. AND one of my Depression era marigold carnival glass dinner grill plates for $4 (right color tag)! My bestest GW find so far was a Royal Doulton Tobey mug/pitcher for 2.49. Granted it was an ugly character, but still! Their loss is a vintage lover’s gain!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      A bunny would have been too busy for me on these. Besides, I might have a project coming up with a bunny and I don’t want to be repetitive.

  7. I love the hobnail milk glass. I have a few pieces that I use on occasion. The grass and eggs look so sweet against the white. This is perfect for Easter!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you! I was worried that it was tooooo simple, like it was a cop-out post. But I couldn’t agree more, it all comes together so sweetly so I made it a post anyway! 🙂

  8. mary scott says:

    It’s one of the cutest DIY designs for Easter I’ve seen, & I’ve seen a lot! So clever to use the grass in that way. My cats would attack that & the eggs would be out of there. I would have to park it where they couldn’t reach it. thanks

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, I totally understand that problem, Mary! I’ve successfully kept these hidden from our Cottonball, who would LOVE to dig into these and toss the eggs about.

  9. Naomi Shelton says:

    I was going to say that I would like these pretty grass-filled pieces of milk glass a little better with some yellow chicks added to the eggs. But, like the bunnies…too many minutes to complete, right?
    That’s okay, it leaves room for us to use our imagination!

  10. I scored that same hobnail planter from an estate sale for 50 cents because it was filled with hideous fake flowers. The lady asked if I really wanted it! It still had the Fenton sticker on it.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Jackpot!!! And other gal just mentioned that she saw the same one at an antiques shop marked $30. :O

  11. mary scott says:

    I was in an antique mall today, & a dealer had the oblong planter marked $30 in her booth. I had never seen one like this before your post.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Oh wow!! I wonder if it’s a rarer shape, then? Makes me glad that I used faux grass, haha!

  12. girlfromwva says:

    looks very nice. i love interesting glass and displays.

  13. I absolutely love it! Such a cute and fast way to decorate for Spring or Easter! Off to the thrift store I go.

  14. I love, love, love this fabulous idea. So creative, so gorgeous. Thank you! It’s hard to post, because there is a thick black line that cover the post. If I try and guess where the post located, it will leave the page I am on.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Ivory- I’m not sure I follow, though. There’s a thick black line in the middle of my post?

  15. Great idea!Beautiful milk glass and lovely colors!Hugs!

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