Glass Bottles for Crafting Ideas

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Glass bottles come in many shapes and forms. You can find items of all different sizes and designs for your project. There are many reasons that this kind of product is sold in bulk and you are sure to find a lot that offers everything that you need for your project.

The type of item you will want to buy depends on the type of project that you have in mind. There are plenty of great ideas that are associated with glass bottles and you can do wonders with these craft items. The following are some examples of how you can put them to good use.

Glass Bottles as Gift Ideas

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Nothing is as special or as touching as a homemade gift. Why not create a signature scent for each of your friends? These presents are ideal for birthdays, the holidays or just about any other special occasion. Wholesale glass bottles are a fundamental part of this kind of present.

Glass Bottles for Fragrances & Perfumes

When you purchase the glass bottles for fragrances you are most likely going to have to buy in bulk. This is the best way to get rock bottom prices on the gear and you will find that the homemade fragrances are such a hit that you will want to keep a stock of them on hand.

I like to use wholesale glass bottles for perfumes that have a sprayer and cap that fits over the spraying mechanism. This is a personal preference and you may find that you prefer an old-fashioned perfume bottle that has a fitted top that is used to apply the fragrance. As a general rule the more potent the scent the less that you will want to use the sprayer.

Glass Bottles as Home Decor

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Glass bottles can also be used as decorative centerpieces. Perhaps you have several Coca Cola bottles laying around. If you are handy with a few simple tools and a couple of pieces of wood, you could easily repurpose those bottles into a really beautiful rustic centerpiece for your dining room table.

Add some much-needed color to a drab space in your home with a couple of painted glass bottles. You can get super creative with some paint and a desired color scheme.

Some of us prefer to use wholesale glass bottles for kitchen supplies. There is nothing more attractive than a food gift basket that includes homemade dressing and flavored olive oil in decorative glassware.

Most of these items are clear in color but you can find some in blues, pinks and just about any other color you can think of. I like to stick with clear wholesale glass bottles to keep the price down as much as possible. Colored glass is often a little more expensive than the basic clear ones.

Whether you want to use the items for presents, crafts or simple decorations for your home, nothing is more convenient or cost effective than wholesale glass bottles.

Where to Find Them

Glass bottles are fairly abundant and can be found in a variety of places. I have found them at my local thrift stores. The only real drawback to purchasing from a thrift store is if you want multiple of the same exact bottle, chances are pretty good that you will not find them.

That being said, if I want multiple bottles of the same exact type, I will turn to Amazon and see what deals I can find!

To Buy or DIY Baby Picture Frames – Short Practical Guide

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For the longest time, buying baby picture frames meant looking for something pink or blue. Maybe perhaps finding a theme that might in some way be related to your child. That has changed recently, as you can find just about anything you would like to have on a frame.

Buy or DIY Picture Frames?

Some people who are handy with wood, paint and other crafting tools like to make them on their own. Others like to shop, hoping to find the perfect frame. However, personalized and special frames for pictures of your children are a lot closer than you might think.

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Let’s say that you want to make your own baby picture frames. All you have to do is find a plain frame in the right color. If you can’t find it anywhere, look in your local craft stores. They usually have something for just about everyone. You can then decide what you want to do with your baby picture frames. Check out your local thrift stores. Frames are usually found in many different types, shapes, sizes and colors of frames.

If you like to paint, you can add your own design if you wish. To simplify your design, you can find many great things you can simply attach to the frame with a bit of glue. You can add a theme or even your child’s name. You can do both if you wish. Let your imagination guide you.

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Places to Buy Frames

If you feel you don’t have the talent or the time to make your own baby picture frames, don’t worry, there are many great ones out there now. If you look around online, you can find places that sell things you may never have imagined. Some online vendors may even customize any frame you want (usually for a nominal fee). Also, they will then mail them out to you in a secure package to minimize breakage during shipping. These can be personalized with almost anything you wish, and don’t have to cost a lot of money either.

There are also a number of arts and crafts stores located throughout the U.S.

Be Safe When Choosing Picture Frames

There is one thing you should keep in mind if you are making or buying your own baby picture frames. Even though many will go on the wall and little hands will never touch them, some are placed on nightstands or other places that are in reach.

If this is the case for the frame you are going to buy, make sure they do not have small pieces that can come off and be a choking hazard. Therefore, sure that the paint is safe if your child were to put the frame in their mouth. Children under the age of two often explore the world with their mouth, so keep that in mind as you choose.

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I certainly hope that this helps! Do you have a picture frame that you created from scratch or one that you may have rehabbed that you would like to share? We would love to see it and add it to the post.

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13+ Must-Have Thrift Store Home Decor Accessories

We yearn to have a beautifully decorated home. Thrift stores are the answer to many home decor woes. We may not see the need to spend thousands of dollars on redecorating; or, simply put, you may not have the funds for such a decorative feat.

Here are over thirteen amazing thrift store home decor ideas for you to consider (these are examples of what I have personally found, your local thrift store stock may differ) :

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Decorative baskets are a main go-to for my home. They are versatile and available in so many different styles and colors. They are also very easy to be found at your local thrift store. I especially love the look of woven baskets.

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What is a home without mirrors? We always need that final look before heading to work, school, etc. After all, first impressions are lasting ones.

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Wood crates add a nice farmhouse touch to any room. They are a great addition to your farmhouse home decor. These can also be found on sites such as Craigslist, for free sometimes!

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Throw Rugs

Adding a throw rug to your bedroom or living room can add that extra flare or pop of color that you’ve been wanting.

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Candles are a super classy decorative item that can fit almost anywhere.

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Who says plates are only for eating? Plates are available in so many different colors, patterns and sometimes even different textures. You can decorate your walls, a buffet, the possibilities are endless!

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I find vases at thrift stores all the time. They are a common item to almost any home decor repertoire. Like plates, you can find these in many different colors and textures. But, they also vary in size and material as well.

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Faux Flowers

If you’re like me and can’t keep flowers alive to save your life, then these are a great, low-maintenance and inexpensive way to go. These are very easy to track down at local thrift stores as well – all they need is a little cleaning and a nice container.

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Vintage Luggage

Admittedly, I don’t find these very often at thrift stores. But, when I do it is always a treat. If you are looking to go the shabby chic route of home decor, these are a must-have!

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Photo Frames

Photo frames are probably the most abundant thrift store home decor items listed here. Whether your looking to re-frame a family picture or a picture that you yourself painted, finding the right frame could be a fairly easy task.

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Still life, animals, photos of silhouette profiles, etc are a very inexpensive way to add life to some bare walls.

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Wall Hangings

Another thrift store home decor idea is to find some really awesome wall hangings to display.

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Tiered Display

Tiered displays are such a versatile home decor item. These can be placed in your kitchen to display fruit or they can be used to display jewelry. And, if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the thrift stores, why not get creative and build one to your liking?

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Vintage Books

These are very popular in shabby chic style homes. Gather about three or four vintage style books, string them together with some twine or ribbon and you’ve just added a little shabby chic flare.

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In a world where digital clocks are the way to go, old-style clocks still have their place in society. Add a touch of class to your home decor with a lovely vintage style clock.

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Decorative Pillows

They’re fluffy and lovely to look at. These are another item that are very easy to find in thrift stores. Usually they’re available in many different colors, patterns and materials. The only real downside is finding matching pairs…but, this is a great chance to get creative and try some mixing and matching!

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Table Cloths

One of the first places that I like to go to in the thrift stores are the racks. I’m always looking for nice comforters. This is more than likely where you will find the table cloths, hanging up with the comforters.

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Thrift stores are known for their knick knacks. But, amongst them are the statuettes and I sometimes find mixed in.

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Decorative Boxes

I love decorative boxes! These are another item that are usually available in different colors, shapes and sizes. They can also be used in any room. There is definitely no shortage of home decor ideas as far as decorative boxes are concerned.

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Glass Jars

Plentiful and versatile glass jars can easily be found at your local thrift stores. These are great for displaying flowers, succulents and non-floral items such as rocks and marbles…the ideas are countless!

Shabby Chic Home Decor Style Elements | What EXACTLY Is Shabby Chic?

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What EXACTLY is Shabby Chic?

Shabby Chic is a comfortable, casual look using vintage accessories, pastels, and comfortable furniture. While people have been living with old lace tablecloths, dreamy soft floral fabrics, light painted furniture, wrought iron curtain rods with filmy sheer curtains, and colorful fresh flowers for a long time, Shabby Chic decorating style was brought to popularity by Rachel Ashwell.

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Think of visiting with your grandmother, snuggled in comfortable soft furniture. Fresh flowers look beautiful and the soft scent of candles fills the room. A home decorated in the vintage, Shabby Chic style can provide the same sensation for your own home.

Shabby Chic is of no particular style; but, rather balances elegant things with old and worn, shiny silver accessories with painted wooden tables, soft throw rugs with rough old lace.

Here are some of the ways you can use a Shabby Chic decorating style in your home:

Soft Delicate Colors

If you love bold primary colors, Shabby Chic is not for you. Soft white, muted grey, pale pink, and faded green all have a place in a Shabby Chic interior.

Tea Stained Fabrics

Collect fabrics from around the house or buy vintage-looking fabrics even if they’re new. To give the illusion of age, fabric can be made to look old, worn, faded, and soft by staining them with a brew of tea. Be sure to test a piece of fabric first to get just the right shade. You can change something that’s stark white to a soft creamy white– just right for the look.

Combine Patterns and Colors

Combine stripes, checks, and floral fabrics to achieve a warm and inviting look. Gather yardage or fabrics from yard sales and flea markets. You don’t have to follow traditional rules of combining prints, but for easiest mixing keep the background color the same (white or ivory, etc.). Then choose one color to repeat in almost every fabric, such as a soft green or pale pink.

White painted furniture

Almost any piece of wooden furniture will fit into a Shabby Chic interior if it’s painted white. Collect pieces from flea markets, garage sales, and the attic. Spray with white paint, sand off the corners and rough it up a little, and voila – you have Shabby Chic furniture. You’d be surprised how a coat of paint transforms a dark dingy chair or table.

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Think Outside the Box

Not every chair has to be sat on. How about using a sturdy, painted straight chair as a table at the side of a bed or sofa or in a corner to hold a vase of flowers? An old picnic bench or trunk can serve as a coffee table. Stack wooden boxes at the side of a chair for books and flowers. Be creative and use what you have.

Here are some other ways to bring the wonderful, warm look of vintage, Shabby Chic into your home.


You can camouflage old, drab furniture and cover up mismatched pieces with soft slipcovers. Whether you have a slipcover custom made, make your own, or buy a throw at a store, you can get just the look you want without investing in a new piece of furniture. Most pieces are covered in white, but soft faded prints will work too. Since you’ll probably want to wash the slipcovers occasionally, be sure the fabric is easy care! How about a cool white look for summer and a warm stripe or floral for cooler seasons?

Overstuffed Upholstery

For a welcoming and inviting look, upholstered furniture in a Shabby Chic interior is comfortable, oversized, wrinkled, with a slipcover.
Sofas are long and chairs are almost big enough to seat two. Delicate prints cover soft throw pillows.

No Iron Needed

A rumpled, wrinkled, but neat look is perfect for the Shabby Chic style. Upholstered or slip-covered furniture should look well-used and very loved!

Architectural Details

Anything old and beautiful will have a place in this style of decorating. Glass doorknobs, pillars, an old mantle, and rusted old iron shelf brackets or hooks can add texture to any room.

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The More Rust, the Better

Decorative accessories and wrought iron furniture are perfect compliments to a Shabby Chic interior. If the rust is peeling or flaking off, sand it lightly and seal with two coats of a flat, clear spray varnish.

Delight All the Senses with Flowers and Candles

Add a wonderful glow and delicious fragrance with vintage scented candles. Be sure to have bunches of fresh flowers scattered around, whether in a glass jar or beautiful painted vase. Include pretty books on flowers to add color. Floral prints look comfortable and add texture on soft throw pillows.

Everything Old is New Again

You’ll be happy to know that even the most broken-down or dingy of elegant formal furniture pieces can be adapted to a Shabby Chic decor. If it’s broken, fix it.  Dirty? Clean it up and paint it white. Rusted? Clean it up – but only a little and find it a new home. Is the paint is chipped? You’re in luck.  Mirror scratched?  Scratch it some more.

Because Shabby Chic style is so adaptable, it’s a perfect way to decorate a guest room or family room. With the focus on warmth and comfort, everyone will be comfortable. Have fun putting together your Shabby Chic room.

If you’re falling in love with all things Shabby Chic, be sure to check out some of my favorite blogs for more decorative inspiration!