Each week, I will share an upcylce project. I will include tips, suggestions, and materials used. It is my hope you are inspired to try some of the projects featured weekly. All of my work showcased here will be at one of my sales and might just end up finding it’s way into your home.
Pinterest tells me these little rippers are easy to do. So, I thought Junk By Jenny was long overdue for this project. Plus, it could potentially involve a sweet treat to display in the end, so I was game. I have always been a sucker for cake plates. They seem to be my staple in any decorating ensambel. The Starbuck’s bottle are a story in and of itself. To make a long story short, a student of mine is a tried and true fan. Instead of giving her teacher a shiny apple in appreciation, she gave me her empty Starbuck’s bottles.
Thrift Shop Dessert Plates & Candlestick Holders
Starbuck’s Glass Bottles
Rustoleum Spray Paint, White
Decorative Paper Straws
Goodies (in this case, were Oreos & Milk)
To begin, I cleaned the glass items. I lined the garage counter with newspaper and my esteemed employee (aka, my husband) added the silicon caulking around the top of the candlesticks. We very much prefer silicon over any other adhesive.
I simply placed the dessert plates carefully centered over the candlesticks. I weighted them (with some random paint cans) for the overnight adhesive process.
The next morning, I prepared to paint the cake plates. Leaving them glass would have been fine too, however, I wanted to add a bit of pop with some white spray paint. Like always, I do several light coats to minimize drippies.
Knock Off Milk Bottles
As mentioned, I love the bottles a student brought me daily throughout the school year. The cleaning process is remarkably easy.
From a recent Pinterest post, I learned about a much more affordable way to removing sticky bottle labels (as opposed to Goo-Gone). I rinse the bottles in a warm soapy rinse with a half bottle of rubbing alcohol (often overnight). I think it is a great excuse to not do dishes.
The mixture seems to magically (and affordably) … actually chemically take off the label and glue with no problem. With a little help from a razor blade, the bottles are free & clear of any debris.
Adding some bling was a must, with some paper doilies to line the cake plates and some embellishments for the goodies. Speaking of goodies…
What junker & busy mom has time for delicate desserts and painstaking beverages? This one opted for milk and oreos. Even those simple grocery finds were due for some bling.
The end result was not only fun, but tasty. Just ask the taste testers…
Cheers to Milk & Cookies (and a little bit of vintage) on this beautiful summer day!
Tell me about the upcycling you’ve done with glassware by leaving a comment below.
And the Story Continues…
It was exciting to hear from Paige (former student turned into dear friend), who was excited for a recent crafting afternoon. This blog post, coupled with her go-getter gumption yielded adorable cakestands of her own (adorned in an adorable shade of pink). Kuddos, Paige!