How to Make DIY Milk Glass

In the past few months I’ve started a bit of a milk glass collection. I can’t get enough of the clean white vases and jars with that cool retro feel. Fun fact: Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century and has been gaining in popularity ever since.

Blame all of the amazing vintage fairs and antique co-ops around North Carolina, but I just keep buying up piece after piece. (I already have several vases in varying shapes and sizes and three milk glass cake stands. Yep, told you I was obsessed.) But even used pieces of milk glass and reproduction milk glass can start to add up; so when Patrón shared their “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Competition and asked if I wanted to try my hand at a DIY project using Patrón bottles, I knew just what I wanted to make. You guessed it … I decided it was time I try creating my very own DIY milk glass.

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In truth, there are two ways to go about making your own milk glass. You can either (a) fill glass bottles and vases with a matte white paint (rolling it around in the bottle and allowing it to coat the inside completely before pouring the remainder out, or (b) spray paint or hand paint bottles with a white matte or white glass paint to look like milk glass. I decided to go with option (b), i.e., coating my glass bottles with paint, in case I decided to use the glasses to fill with drinks or food at any point.

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HOW TO MAKE DIY MILK GLASS (THE EASY WAY)

  1. Source old glass bottles and vessels. Anything from an olive oil bottle to a jam jar, inexpensive florist vases you’re not crazy about, wine and liquor bottles, etc. can work.
  2. Clean your glass really well. You can use a glass cleaner or wipe the glass with alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the surface.
  3. Either spray paint or paint with a paint brush or sponge brush an even coat of white paint. Allow to dry completely.
  4. If you want to add a bit of sheen* to your DIY milk glass you can coat your project with a clear gloss paint like Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Glass Paint in Clear or use a spray paint with gloss. I’m actually kind of digging the matte white effect that some of my bottles have, and they mix in so well with my real milk glass, so I made a mix of matte and gloss bottles.

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*Real milk glass has a bit of translucency and sheen, but I love that with a little paint and a cool glass jar or bottle, you can make your own version of inexpensive and easy-to-create DIY milk glass.

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Be sure to check out ArtOfPatron.com and enter your own DIY Patrón bottles. The “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Competition celebrates the iconic Patrón bottle and encourages fans and artisans across the country to share their artistic vision, using Patron’s signature bottle as inspiration, for a chance to win $10,000 and a national platform for their work. Year after year, fans create incredible, unique pieces of art that honor the bottle. Entries have included everything from a chess set, to gorgeous waterfalls, to striking light fixtures. It’s amazing to see what everyone comes up with! This is the third annual competition and it will run through October 14, 2016, where Patrón fans 21 years and older can visit ArtofPatron.com to enter.

If you share your creation on social media tag @patron and use #ArtOfPatron and tag me – @glitterinclexi – so that I can see what you’ve dreamed up!

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56 comments


  1. Rachel

    Just pinned this! I love the look of milkglass, but it’s hard to find affordable vintage versions of it.

  2. I love those! They look amazing on your mantle! I’m not the greatest at DIY but I may try these!

    Shaheen | Lows to Luxe

    • Nicole

      OMG! These look amazing. Your home is so beautiful and pristine. That’s a great idea t recycle old bottles. Thank you!

      • Lexi

        You are too sweet! Trust me, most of our house is chaos … we just clean up well for photos. 😉

  3. Ruthie

    You are so creative and so inspiring!! Loved this post!! Must try!

  4. Kasey

    Super cute! It matched the rest of your vases so well!

  5. Wow! These are so cool! Adding this to my Pinterest DIY board for later! XooX

    • Lexi

      Yay! So glad you like it! <3

  6. This is such a fun DIY project!! And the finished product looks so beautiful!

    • Lexi

      Thank you so much!!

  7. Morgan

    I just moved, and this is definitely giving me inspiration for my new living room!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Lexi

      It’s a bit addicting! 🙂

    • Lexi

      Thank you so much!

  8. These vases look so beautiful I want to go make some this weekend.

    • Lexi

      So glad to hear it! If you make some, let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  9. Carlee

    There is something really beautiful in the simplicity of milk glass, isn’t there? I just love these pieces and they are all so versatile too!

    • Lexi

      So glad you like them!

  10. Candy

    I could never get the paint to stick for me, now I know what to do. White is beautiful.

  11. I’m seeing a run to the thrift shop to get some funky vases to do this! I love your tutorial.

    • Lexi

      So glad! Happy DIYing. 🙂

  12. I love the elegant look of these milk glasses with the bright, cheery pop of flowers. So beautiful. I didn’t realize you could make your own. Very cool!

  13. Sarah

    I love this! Sooo cute and light!

  14. So pretty! These pieces would be perfect for a wedding or bridal shower.

  15. Oh my goodness – your blog is so cute! You’re a gal after our own glitter hearts. This is a perfect DIY. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lexi

      Thank you SO much! Thrilled you love the DIY. It really is so easy! <3

  16. Tuyet

    Wow! Those look great! Never knew how that was done! Thanks for sharing! kimballandkedzie.com

  17. Carrie

    I love this idea and I love how these all turned out! They look great!

  18. Brooke

    Oh I LOVE this! I wish I had more time to craft but I may just have to give this a try.

    xo,
    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

  19. Love how the white vases make the color of the flowers pop!

  20. This post is so so great. I can totally see myself getting some of those glassses from Home Goods and doing this! You made it perfect! Simple and easy.

    love it!
    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • Lexi

      I love hearing that! HomeGoods has so many great jars and vases – especially in the clearance section. 😉

  21. Kate

    How pretty are these! Wow!

  22. Shelby

    These are the cutest vases and jars! LOVE the simple white! I need to pin this or bookmark it for sure… thanks for sharing! PS your home looks so cozy and cute!

    xo, Shelby
    http://www.prettyinthepines.com

  23. Greta

    Such an easy and fun idea! And it looks so elegant!

  24. Sara

    Those vases are stunning! You are so crafty and talented – I’m not so sure my take on this project would look this good!

  25. Anna English

    This is such a cute little weekend project! Love your space!

  26. Shelby Back

    I love milk glasses! This seems like such an easy DIY, I might have to give it a go!

    xoxo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

  27. Alicia

    Oh my goodness — pinning this for later for sure! I love a good DIY and these came out so pretty!

  28. Elise

    Those looks so beautiful!!!

  29. Bailey

    I’m obsessed with those milk glasses! They look so professionally done like you bought them from the store! Nice work gf!

  30. I seriously LOVE milkglass. Cannot wait to try this out!

  31. These are seriously so amazing, and I LOVE the colorful and gorgeous array of flowers in your living room. What an incredible affect that has on the entire space. Brings so much color and joy into the room. I love how simple this is too, such a neat idea and something that never crossed my mind. Adore Patron! xx Adaleta Avdic

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