Beach Cottage Decorating with Vintage Bottles

Vintage Bottles become Flower Vases ~ A Beach Cottage

Whether it’s Vintage, Found or Used…bottles and jars provide extremely charming decor for your beach home or getaway.

I’ve loved old bottles for as long as I can recall…probably back to the glass bottles of Coca Cola that I drank as a child (yes, soda pop use to come in glass bottles). A favorite childhood toy of mine was a half drunk bottle of soda that was turned into a musical instrument. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you are too young to know the joys involved with playing the bottle with your childhood friends.

Any way, old bottles are one of the most versatile of all things around and work PERFECTLY in a beach cottage environment. A vintage glass bottle can be a simple vase for the most lovely of flowers or can be a memory jar filled with sand and seashells as well as a holder for bath salts or bubble bath.  Of course, bottles are simply charming by being grouped together on a shelf.

I love how they reflect light to assist in creating a glow in my cottage…I love that they are old and have a history…I just simply love them! Here are some favorite ideas for incorporating old bottles and jars into your beach cottage decorating.

Vintage bottles, drawing pins and string were turned into hanging vases on a deck by Sarah of A Beach Cottage…Vintage Bottle Flower Vase Project


Why not transform your jam jars and flea market bottles into elegant vases? Simply coat their interiors with glass enamel. Martha Stewart used white enamel in the photo below; which yielded different shades of green. Dishwasher-safe enamel paint is sold in most craft stores. Learn how to create your own: Earth-Friendly Crafts – Martha Stewart Crafts

Country Living featured this photo in their February 2011 edition. I’m in love with the jars; however the article is actually about making the cute little yarn flowers. It looks like a fun little craft to make! Yarn Flower Craft Project

Country Living ~ Kate Mathis
Vintage bottles and mid-19th-century stoneware cold cream and toothpaste pots from England share a cardboard box at May’s. 
Country Living

My Sweet Savannah loves decorating with vintage bottles too! She featured these photos displaying handwritten labels on bath salts and such as well as the beautiful roses in glass jars…aren’t they charming?

We love, love, LOVE this photo from Eat Drink Chic. The bottles were found and flowers are from her mother’s garden…lovely!

Maine Seasons is a wedding designer who scavenged together all these vintage medicine and tincture bottles for one of her weddings this summer. They will be filled with flowers, mixed with tons of votive candles and canning jars of larger flower arrangements.

The most creative award goes to Ruffled Blog. Look how she used small vintage bottles and Manzanita branches to create a gorgeous centerpiece…

Our personal collection of found bottles all have sand, seashells, colored water or seashell toppers on them!

How do you use bottles and jars in your beach home?

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