DIY Milk Bottle Flower Vase

I few days ago, I received an order to make another one of my Milk & Cream Co. signs.  I still love the design and have used it on a few other projects in the past, but after making and selling more than 40 of the the signs, I feel like I could do it in my sleep, so it doesn’t feel all that creative to me anymore.

As I finished the sign, I started thinking about other ways I could use the design in a different way.  I looked around my workshop to see if I could find something else to use the design on, and my eyes landed on an old bottle I bought at a thrift store a few years ago.

DIY Milk Bottle Flower Vase

Having fallen in love with transferring images onto glass, I immediately knew what I wanted to use the Milk and Cream design on it and I’m in love with the end result! I just spray painted the jar and let it dry for 24 hours before adding the image.


 Remember I said when you do the image transfer on glass, it looks best  against a white surface?  Well, I envisioned this bottle as a flower vase, so seeing all the flower stems behind the image wasn’t going to look good.

 So I painted the inside of the bottle white.  Now the image really pops, and it looks like the bottle is full of milk.

vintage milk bottle

 I trying SO hard to resist the urge to keep it, but I’m on a mission to reduce the amount of “stuff” in my workshop, so it’s available in my shop for purchase HERE.  This summer I plan to pull everything out of my workshop, clean it, and reorganize the complete chaotic disaster.  It will be an awful job, but it will make working on things so much easier when I can actually see everything that’s in there.

DIY painted milk bottle with Milk and Cream Co. graphic - tutorial at

If you want to make your own Milk & Cream bottle, but don’t have a vintage juice or milk bottle, I spotted some that I think would be perfect.  The first one is porcelain, and looks like an old milk bottle, so you wouldn’t need to paint it – just add the image transfer.

These already have a raised image on them, so you couldn’t do a transfer on them – I just think they are adorable, and plan to order some to use as glasses.

This one is a clear jar, so you would need to paint the inside, but for only $7, it’s worth doing.  All 3 of these items offer free shipping with an order of $35, so purchasing all 3 would only cost $39 total!

You can get the image I use to create my signs HERE to make your image transfer.

If you missed any of my past Milk & Cream projects, you can see them HERE.

Milk and Cream Company image

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  1. Omgosh so cool! I will have to use this image! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That image transfer on glass is a great idea and I’ve pinned it. Thanks!

  3. Love, love, love this Angie…just beautiful!

  4. Angie,
    My days are not complete without your emails!
    Every day at work I patiently await you to pop into my email so I can be inspired thru the day with your projects and link parties!
    Your blog is my favorite!
    Thank You for sharing EVERYTHING with us! You are, in some ways, Better than Pinterest! Because I can always go to your site for my inspiration since Pinterest is not available to me at work.
    I am in the process of buying a condo and your projects will become my decor!
    Love and Hugs!

  5. Tina Coco says

    Love the milk bottle idea! Fabulous!! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions and where to get the bottles! Can’t wait to try it!!

  6. So pretty. I love the image against the white. I’ve painted the inside of bottles with colors but haven’t done one in white. I really like the white.

  7. I also really like the milk and cream signage and you are absolutely right about the image transfer showing up best against white. This really makes it pop!! You know I am stealing this and pinning it.

  8. Oh, this is just too sweet! I have a little wine carafe that always reminds me of an old milk bottle…this would be the perfect usage for it…yes, even better than holding wine…hehe! Thank you so very much for yet another wonderful idea as well as sharing the transfer with us!

  9. Wow, that’s really pretty, as are the other “milk & cream” items, too. I love the look.

  10. Sue Addison says

    I really like this project! How exactly do you paint the inside of a bottle? What type of paint, and how does it hold up if you put water in it? Thanks for sharing the transfer.

  11. Judi mccloud says

    Is it possible to spray paint the bottle on the outside and then apply the transfer? I love this idea and have several neat bottles I could use. Thanks!

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