Creating a Milk Bottle Vase with Vintage Milk Caps

Creating a Milk Bottle Vase with Vintage Milk Caps

When my County stopped recycling glass, I became a more mindful consumer. But as much as I tried to avoid glass containers, I was intrigued by a certain brand of soup. I thought the glass bottle slightly resembled a milk bottle, so why not try the soup and create a milk bottle vase at the same time?

Karine and Jeff soup bottle at Fresh Market to upcycle into milk bottle vase with milk caps by Sadie Seasongoods

I added the soup bottle to my growing collection of glass milk bottles that I needed to upcycle.

Glass milk bottles to upcycle into milk bottle vase or farmhouse vases with milkcaps by Sadie Seasongoods

And so the idea for creating a Spring-inspired milk bottle vase was borne. I also planned to decorate my milk bottle vases with vintage milk caps to make them even cuter.

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Milk caps or milk bottle tops to be upcycled into farmhouse vases by Sadie Seasongoods

Crafting a Milk Bottle Vase / Farmhouse Vase

Instead of spray painting the exterior of the glass milk bottles, I decided to paint the inside of them. Crafters had already been doing this for years, and I wanted to finally give it a try.

Because I was in a Spring frame of mind, I selected some craft paints in fresh pastel colors, one for each milk bottle vase.

Using craft paint to transform glass milk bottles into milk glass vases or farmhouse vases by Sadie Seasongoods

To paint the interior of the glass milk bottles, I needed to pour the paint inside and swirl it around. But most craft paint is slightly too thick for this.

So, I squeezed out a dollop of paint, added a couple of drops of water to the bottle, and shook it vigorously for a minute. Then, I squeezed the slightly runnier paint into each bottle.

Pouring paint inside glass milk bottles to create milk bottle vase with milkcaps or milk caps by Sadie Seasongoods

With a little patience and covering the bottle top with wax paper to shake it a bit, the craft paint coated the entire milk bottle.

Then, I drained the excess paint onto junk mail from my recycling bin! I moved it a couple of times to keep paint from building up in the neck.

Draining excess paint from inside glass milk bottles to transform them into milk bottle vase or farmhouse vases by Sadie Seasongoods

When there wasn’t much or any excess paint dripping out, I turned the milk bottle upright and carefully wiped off the very top. Then, I let it dry overnight.

Just like that, I had quite the milk bottle vase collection! All in pretty Springtime colors.

Upcycling some glass milk bottles into milk bottle vase with craft paint and milk caps by Sadie Seasongoods

Adding Milk Caps to Milk Bottle Vases

Now to add the finishing touches to my farmhouse vases! I thought that milk caps or milkcaps (I’ve seen them spelled both ways) were adorable and fun little vintage touch.

For all of the original glass milk bottles with the flat sides, I hot glued the milk caps to one side of each milk bottle vase.

Milkcaps or milk caps glued on milk bottle vase for Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods

The soup bottle, however, was round. So, I attached a vintage milk label (from Crafty Lisa’s Vintage on Instagram) to the glass bottle using double sided tape.

Wrapping vintage paper ephemera or labels on glass milk bottles for Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Then they were finished! Fresh little milk bottle vases for Spring decorated with vintage milk caps.

Milk bottle vase or milk glass vases decorated with milk caps for Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Milk Bottle Vase for Spring Decor

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But Sadie, you can’t use these as REAL vases because the paint is on the inside!”. And you’re right, I can’t fill them with water because it would ruin the paint.

But, that’s OK- I always planned on filling them with artificial flowers instead.

Milk bottle vase with milk caps or milkcaps for Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods

BUT, if you want to use these with real Spring flowers, you could either paint the exterior of the milk bottles or use florist water tubes, like these.

I like trying different crafting techniques AND I love how shiny the glass looks over the paint!

Glass milk bottles upcycled into milk bottle vase with milk caps for Spring decorating by Sadie Seasongoods


Also, you are in luck! I’m part of a Spring Ideas Tour that is happening all week long. Each day this week, a new set of ideas is published.
Here are all of our great spring ideas! Check back all week for each day’s new posts.

Thursday ~ Spring Recipes

spring recipe ideas

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If you enjoyed my milk bottle vase project, then you might also be interested in my milk glass cheese shaker project, for even more inspiration!

Cheese shakers have a built in flower frog or floral frog and are easily upcycled into milk glass vases and table decorations for weddings by Sadie Seasongoods /

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How to upcycle glass milk bottles and milkcaps into milk bottle vase for Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods


  1. Teresa Townsell says

    So adorable! I love your milk bottles! I have some old milk caps and will have to try this. My Grandmother used to deliver milk, and so I have a fondness for decor like this! Brilliant and clever idea!!!!

  2. They just stopped recycling glass in my township. Most of what I’ve had to throw away hasn’t been that nice but you’ve got me thinking. I love your cute bottles. The colors are perfect for spring.

  3. So adorable! Even though our styles differ, I really appreciate your innovative ideas that keep me thinking outside the box. 🤗

  4. paulasweetpea says

    What an adorable idea! That soup bottle does indeed look like a milk bottle. I like how you painted the inside of the bottle so that it’s still shiny on the outside. My vintage loving heart pitter-pattered over those milk caps! There are dairy farmers in my family, so this project particularly appeals to me.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! There’s just something timeless about the nostalgic memories of milk bottles, the basket carriers, and the idea of daily delivery, isn’t there? And to have that in your family history is EXTRA awesome!

  5. These are so stinking cute!! I love the colors you chose and adding the caps is perfect. They stopped picking up our glass recyclables too but I can still drop them off at our recycling facility. I might be holding on to some of them to paint like yours though! Thanks for joining us on the tour!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you! Yes, the issues with glass recycling is becoming more and more common, unfortunately. I guess it just forces us to be more creative, eh? Thank you so much for herding all the cats for the tour!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing how you painted the inside of your bottles….I have some real milk bottles and wanted to show the painted letting on the outside of the bottle better and was racking my brain as to what to put inside the bottle to do so. Now I will try painting the inside of the milk bottles……Thanks for the inspiration and your bottles are simply charming!! LOVE the pastel colors!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Yes!! I have a modern milk bottle with red & blue lettering and plan to add white paint inside…ran out of time before I needed to publish this…but I think it’ll look so cute as if it’s filled with milk but now a vase!

  7. One cannot help but to feel sheer happiness when Springtime rolls around, and that’s exactly what you executed so well here.
    Thank you for sharing your creative soul with us. Well done Ms Sadie!

  8. Sheila Miller says

    Love the vases. Where is this soup sold, besides Amazon? I have a collection of original glass milk bottles. The containers that coffee six-packs come in also resemble milk bottles. I enjoy your posts, thank you.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Oh, I don’t know if it’s sold on Amazon! I found it at Fresh Market – in small bottles AND bigger bottles in this shape!

  9. How sweet, I love them!


  10. These turned out so cute, Sarah! I love what you did with the caps!

  11. I’m drooling over your milk cap collection! You’ve got a wonderful variety! And this is an adorable way to appreciate them. Love their bright, spring colors! Fun to be hopping with you!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! I get everything from Crafty Lisa’s Vintage (she’s on Instagram)…she’s my “vintage paper” dealer, LOL. And thank you so much!

  12. Why don’t they recycle glass? That’s crazy! I’m glad they still do here!
    Your little vases are so cute, I love the springy colors!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It’s an economic thing. The last processing plant within a hundred miles (or so) has closed, so it’s not cost-effective to truck the recycled glass to the next-closest facility. It’s just cheaper to make new glass. It’s becoming a wide-spread problem, all over the country!

  13. Debbie O says

    I’m sitting here in northern Michigan, freezing my heinie today but got an instant warmth just looking at these bright and shiny jars!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Ugh, winter is hanging on TIGHTLY to certain parts of the country, that’s for sure! Sending warm sunny days fairy dust your way!

  14. Lindsay Aratari says

    What a great idea!! I need to try these out!

  15. Robyn D Wright says

    Where did you get those adorable small bottles? Love this project!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I want to say at a vintage market that used to be held at a farm here locally. I’ve had them for YEARS and they were tucked away in a closet, LOL.

  16. Lynn Spencer says

    Too Charming! And I wonder…could you spray the inside with a polyurethane or polycrylic to seal the paint so that you could add water? Hmmm…inquiring minds want to know!

    But, water or not…these vases are so springy and fun.

    Thanks for the Springtime Inspiration

    Hugs, Lynn

  17. So cute – love all the colors for spring!

  18. These turned out so cute! I made some spring decor a while back by painting the inside as well. Super easy and pretty! Love the pretty loves and the milk caps!

  19. You could use glass or plastic tubes that fit into the bottles, like old cigar holders.

  20. Those are EXACTLY the colors that scream spring to me! Our town has stopped glass and all plastic except #2 recycling. Darn. I am busy saving my glass bottles to make my Christmas Epsom bath salts to use as gifts. Dry goods and craft supplies are going into some. Hurts my recycling heart to throw them out!


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