Recycled Bottles and Vases Become Beautiful Centerpieces

Welcome to the 181st Metamorphosis Monday!

A few weeks ago I attended the Haven Blog Conference in Atlanta.  Rust-Oleum held a cocktail party one evening for all those attending.  The tables were decorated in such a pretty and unique fashion, I knew I had to share it with you.  I continue to be amazed at all the wonderful things you can “metamorphosis” with paint.

Each table was decorated in a different color scheme.  If you look closely, you’ll notice the good folks at Rust-Oleum took everyday items like mason jars, wine bottles and odd containers, painted them and turned them into pretty vases for the table centerpieces.  I spy a mason jar and several old screw-top wine bottles in this arrangement.

Have a bunch of small, inexpensive vases or containers stashed away under the kitchen sink?  Give them an “opaque” or painted finish for a whole new look.

Any color goes…you’re only limited by your imagination.

Any type container will work.  I wonder what color the horn shaped vase was before it was given a bold, spicey red-orange life.  If you don’t have enough containers, check your local thrift stores and garage sales.  You can usually find them there for almost nothing.

Red Centerpiece

Notice the central theme that ties all the table arrangements together are the white flowers: hydrangeas, roses and is that a touch of Queen Anne’s Lace?  This silver arrangement even contained what appeared to be an old syrup bottle.  It was fun trying to figure out what some of the containers had been in their previous life.

The different heights of the containers used in each centerpiece add a lot to the overall appeal of the arrangements.  So, you’ll want to use all sizes, heights and shapes to achieve this effect.  Even an old cracked or chipped cup can be given new life with sunshine yellow paint.

Painted Centerpieces


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  1. What a great idea!! I had never thought about painting them, but what a statement that makes. Would be great for a wedding. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I love this Susan! Now onto find some old wine bottles jars and such…paint is the cheapest way to improve just about anything!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week too!

  3. Hi darling, great arrangements out of recycled bottles. Thanks for hosting each week. hugs ~lynne~

  4. Love the painted bottles – I did a couple of Mason jars in aqua last year, but this takes it to a whole new level! Thanks for hostessing the party, I linked up my new Country Living style, Goodwill $3.99, tablecloth. Have a great week, so thankful for these cooler temperatures! Hugs ~ Mary

  5. What a fun — and easy! — quick centerpiece idea. It would be fun choosing colors…

  6. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting! And I love this great recycled bottle idea!!


  7. Happy Monday Susan!
    Hope you’re getting a bit of relief from the temps in Atlanta … here in Richmond it’s suppose to be about 2o degrees cooler today and I’ll be so happy not to be in the 100’s! But it is muggier. Love those recycled vases for the centerpiece. And as always, am blown away by all the great links that have already been posted. Thanks so much for hosting.


  8. Hi Susan, Love those vases! Someday – when the boys are older – I’ll be able to do centerpieces again! Thank you for hosting! Nan

  9. katie goldsworthy says

    Fantastic idea for centerpieces!!! Love it!

    @ Creatively Living

  10. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting every Monday! I love visiting everyone, and am always excited to read your blog. Love the painted bottles. Lovely colors.

  11. How fun! I love painting glassware to make it fit the occasion or decor. Thanks for hosting another great party. Jane

  12. Wasn’t Haven fun?!?
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  13. I love all these tablescapes…compliment each other, but not too matchy matchy! I bet Haven was incredible!!! Thanks for hosting again this week! I always enjoy my visits here, both for parties and just to enjoy the wealth of decor inspiration you always share! XO, Aimee

  14. Great idea, Susan! Making them all the same color gives them a cohesive look! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  15. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing and hosting. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. What a brilliant idea for a tablescape – loving it!
    Many thanks for hosting

  17. Dag-nabbit! Wish I remembered to come to your party sooner today!! lol Great turnout!
    Thanks so much for hosting! I’ll be hopping it around mid-week. : )

  18. Susan, I couldn’t link up. Got a message saying I didn’t have a link back to you. I clicked on my link to you, in my post, in order to get to you. So…I know it is there but don’t know how else to link up. Would you look at my post to see if you can link to your blog?
    Thanks so much and many thanks to you for hosting and the neat Rustoleum post.
    Hugs, Ginger:)

  19. Une très bonne idée que ce recyclage ! Une nouvelle vie pour ces objets. Leur transformation est formidable.

    Gros bisous.

  20. Thank you for hosting another great party – tons of fabulous ideas here today, I love all this creativity!

  21. GORGEOUS!! I’ve been collecting (hording) jars, bottles and containers JUST for this purpose!! Thanks for hosting, Susan! OH and I love the decor pictures and post at the bottom of this page! That is an awesome idea!

  22. What a great idea for an easy centerpiece. Thanks for hosting!

  23. Thanks for hosting Susan! My project was with Rustoleum, how perfect!

  24. Thanks so much for posting those photos, Susan. I had wanted to get pictures of those at Haven but never got around to it. My favorite paint was the “Seaglass”…I think it is your second picture down. I have been looking for it but can’t find it locally…I may have to order it. I have spray painted various vases, etc. with white appliance paint and they look amazingly like milk glass. I saw you at Haven but did not realize until I got home and started seeing photos of you with other Haven attendees and your photo and name together that you were THE SUSAN of Between Naps on the Porch. I just love your blog and would have been braver to come speak to you and tell you in person. My son just got engaged this past weekend and I thought of the pictures of your son’s recent wedding. Your photos let me know of the fun we have to look forward to. Thanks for hosting your great party each week.

    • It would have been great to meet you, too! I hope they do it again next year. Oh, you will have a wonderful time at the wedding. I cried too much and my face was a puffy mess. lol

  25. Oh Susan they’re fabulous, such innovative and unique ideas for centerpieces, I can certainly go for them! Have a great week.

  26. I love this project. I did a couple vases for my roommate’s bridal shower a couple weeks ago–they turned out great. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do. I also made a couple of food tray stands with old candlesticks and old plastic or metal trays I found at yard sales. Do you find most of the items you upcycle at yard sales? One website I’ve been using that I LOVE is yardsalesearchdotcom. It’s made yardsaling so much easier because it maps out a route for me! Just wanted to pass that along 🙂

  27. Love the look of the painted bottles & jars – so elegant, yet simple!

  28. I have quite an assortment of bottles saved, think
    I’ll bring them out and spray paint them.. thanks
    for sharing!

  29. Hi! I have tried several times to link up and have followed instructions. I have double checked to make sure my links are correct and it still isn’t working. Not sure what I am doing wrong 🙁


  30. Dear Susan,
    Paint is such a wonderful equalizer.
    Great Party, thank you!
    Paint drips in NE

  31. I loved these pieces at Haven! What a great idea to highlight them! Thank you for hosting another wonderful link party! It’s always fun to see such amazing ideas!

  32. What a great idea I love the colors! That would make a fun shower game to paint different bottles and have guests guess what the bottle was “before”. Jennifer

  33. Thanks for hosting Susan! Have an awesome week!

  34. Thank you for hosting the party! There is so much inspiration here. I better get clicking!

  35. Lovee Johnson-Lundy@iheartclearance says

    The centerpieces are such a great idea and a different color on each table just gives it another WOW factor. The first thing I thought of was a country wedding and I see most people comments thought of a wedding as well. I think I will have to do this for my dining room table!

  36. Hi Susan: Thank you for hosting t0day–my first time here!

  37. Loved these bottles at Haven…Such gorgeous and creative centerpieces.

  38. FUN STUFF!! I have a the “horned shaped vase” and it is “limey green with gold base.” 🙂 franki

  39. Susan,
    I LOVE this idea.Lots of colors and bottle shapes and sizes to use.So many possibilities!Thank you for hosting.

  40. Susan, I love this idea! I wonder how many bottles I’ve thrown away/recycled that would have made great new vases. Thank you for sharing!!

  41. Hi Susan,

    I spy Sherry from YHL in the background of your photos.

    Thanks for hosting!

  42. This is a great idea! I’m known around our house as being the queen of spray paint. About the only things I haven’t spray painted are jars. I’ve even spray painted my favorite black suede shoes because I just couldn’t part with them. Believe it or not, they turned out really nice. I’ll have to try the jars next.

  43. I am late to the party but thank you so much for hosting. I am off to see what every posted. 🙂

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