5 Minute Craft – Easter Decor in Hobnail Milk Glass

5 Minute Craft – Easter Decor in Hobnail Milk Glass

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.

Hobnail milk glass or vintage milk glass at thrift store to become Easter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Thrift store treasure!

It was a fun and unusual shape (one I hadn’t seen before in hobnail milk glass), but the best part was the label that someone had put on the top…

Vintage milk glass or antique milk glass from Goodwill for Easter Decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can you read it?

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 & bar code 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 vintage milk glass compote dish, I decided to figure out a way to create a non-permanent project for them. They were begging to be used as Easter decor so I put together this quick and sweet 5 minute craft for Easter decorations with my hobnail milk glass! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Using hobnail milk glass for Easter decorations or Easter decor with a 5 minute craft by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The beginnings of a collection…

Using Hobnail Milk Glass or Vintage Milk Glass for Easter Decor

Since I had already created a 5 minute craft for Valentine’s Day earlier this year, I figured a similarly easy project for Easter decor was warranted. Ok, maybe this takes a couple more minutes than 5, but STILL…pretty quick and easy! First, I started off with a grass mat from a craft store (I got mine at Michaels) and my heavy duty crafting scissors.

Filling hobnail milk glass with grass mat from craft store to become Easter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easter decor in 5…4…3…

From there, I simply cut out pieces of grass mat that fit comfortably inside my 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 with the artificial grass.

Easter decorations or Easter decor with this 5 minute craft using vintage milk glass 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 decor, even summer decor, too!

But since this is for Easter decorations, I just needed one more thing…

Plastic eggs to put in vintage milk glass as 5 minute craft for Easter decor in vintage milk glass by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Little plastic eggs!

Little speckled plastic eggs! I could have gone for more neutral colors, but for this 5 minute craft for Easter decorations, I preferred bright pops of pastel pinks, yellows, blues, and purples on the grass mat inside the vintage milk glass.

Making Easter decorations with hobnail milk glass and grass mat and plastic eggs for Easter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Look how cute it is!

And from there, I just nestled the plastic eggs in in the long blades of grass mat…I mean, really, that’s all I did! Space them out and nestle them in. That’s why this is a 5 minute craft for Easter decor!

A 5 minute craft for Easter decor using vintage milk glass or hobnail milk glass and grass mat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Quick, cute, and simple!

5 Minute Craft – Easter Decor in Hobnail Milk Glass

Ta-da! Sweet and simple Easter decor in hobnail milk glass! I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than adding grass mat inside vintage milk glass and topping it with plastic eggs. Pretty darn close to a 5 minute craft – I promise!

Easter decor with grass mat and plastic eggs inside vintage milk glass or hobnail milk glass by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Non-permanent, too!

A long look down my oblong vintage milk glass dish…

Hobnail milk glass with grass mat and plastic eggs for Easter decorations and 5 minute craft 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.

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

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea, then you might also enjoy my Easter wreath made from a door basket project!

Making an Easter wreath with a door basket or wall hanging basket by spray painting wicker to transform into Easter basket decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!


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  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!

  6. 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.

  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!

  16. where do you buy this grass

  17. Paula Milligan says

    Cute idea-I’ve collected several pieces of milk glass & use it for baby shower candy bar-perfect with baby pastels. I am getting it out for Easter too!

  18. What a cute yet simple project for Easter! The green grass with the pops of color with the eggs look so pretty up against the white.


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