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DIY Painted Jugs and Spring Flowers

By: Julie McGuffee

Give a new life to old milk jugs with this DIY Painted Jugs and Spring Flowers project. This is a fun and colorful way to get your home ready for spring, and this centerpiece is sure to make a lovely presentation for your Easter brunch table. No matter how skilled you are in crafting, you're sure to find this project easy and fun to make. If you don't have milk jugs on hand, you can achieve the same effect with clear wine bottles, beer bottles, or glass vases.

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Materials List

  • Little B Pull Flowers
  • Smoothfoam Balls from DOW STYROFOAM
  • etchall dip'n etch
  • Glass Milk Bottles
  • Lo-temp Glue Gun
  • Flower Soft Sprinkles
  • Crafts Picks
  • White Glue
  • Green Straws


  1. Prepare the glass bottles following instructions on the container of dip'n etch. Pour the etching liquid into one bottle. Let sit for 15 minutes, then pour the liquid from the first bottle into the second one. After 15 minutes pour the liquid from the 2nd bottle into the 3rd. Let sit for 15 minutes then return the liquid to the container. This product is REUSABLE, so you can etch a lot of glass with it.

  2. Rinse each bottle thoroughly then dry with a soft cloth.

  3. Now let's add some color. Because the glass is etched on the inside, it now has "tooth" (a rough surface), so you can use regular acrylic paint for this technique. I poured about half of the paint into the bottle then carefully, holding the bottle on its side, I turned it around slowly until the inside was completely covered. Pour the excess paint back into the paint bottle. I love to experiment, so I used Patio Paint to color the blue bottle. Patio paint has a thinner consistency, so it was easy to work with. The pink and yellow bottles were coated on the inside with regular acrylic paint. This paint had a much thicker consistency, so I thinned it with a little water before using. Both paints worked well. Let the paint dry at least 24-48 hours and DO NOT fill with water. These are intended for decorative purposes only. In case you're wondering, I tried glass paint with this technique on unetched glass, but the coverage wasn't quite as even as I would have liked. Now that you've colored the bottles, set them aside to dry while you make the flowers.

  4. Cut 18" of each color of ribbon. Pull the thread from both ends to gather then tie the ends together in a simple overhand knot.

  5. To make the center, push the end of the craft stick into each of the Smoothfoam balls. Smoothfoam is very dense, so you may need to make a pilot hole with the tip of a craft knife first.

  6. Using the craft stick as a handle, coat the surface of the ball with white glue. The surface is nice and smooth, making it easy to work with. When the surface is covered, sprinkle with Flower Soft sprinkles. Let dry.

  7. Push the craft stick thru the center of the flower, then secure with cool temp glue at the base of the covered ball.

  8. Trim the craft stick on the the under side of the flower to 1" then glue the end of the straw, over the craft stick, to the base of the flower. The "bendy" part of the straw will allow you to position the flower if desired.

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This looks like such a fun project, and it is very pretty! I appreciate how well the instructions are written and how the author explains the different results obtained with various paints. I just was wondering, though, is there something else you would recommend using for the flower centers instead of the Flower soft? I can't find that particular product but would like to achieve a close enough result.

I just love these painted flower vases. They look so bright and cheerful. This is what you want to see on a table for a spring brunch, or Mothers Day brunch. I think you cant get any prettier for spring than this and I love the old fashioned look of the milk bottles, they just bring back memories.


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