Saturday, June 29, 2013

Patriotic Bottles with a Vintage Vibe

Are you looking for something a little different for your July 4th decor? Something to use on your table for some Patriotic fun with individual place settings, mini flower vases, flag holders or just a little favor for your guests to take home?

I'm always on the lookout for old glass bottles at the flea or antique mall. You can usually find them for a dollar or two. Or if you don't have old bottles any clear glass bottle would work, even screw cap bottles that are now lurking in your fridge.

These are images I downloaded from one of my CD ROMs
 from Dover Publications for July 4th and Patriotic images.

These would be so unique at each place setting with a little American Flag,
or could be used also as a place card if you'd like to get even more creative
in using paper flags with each guests name written on it.

Lot's of fun in a grouping on a stack of old red/white/blue books.

I wanted to put together a few for my window ledge above the sink,
where I always have a few ivy starts growing.

There are some free Patriotic images over at The Graphics Fairy that you might want to try. I just printed mine out, cut them out, and then used Matte Mod Podge lightly to adhere them to the bottle. Be careful not to wipe them with water or get too saturated, or the colors might bleed. Mine did just a little but I liked the vintage look.

Here are links to a couple of posts I did a few years ago with Halloween Bottles and Christmas Bottles. I've also made them for Valentines Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. A larger image could also be used on bigger bottles filled with colorful candies. I thought that layered red white and blue jelly beans in a larger apothecary jar would also be fun. There are lot's of ways to use them, and they add a easy to make, quick vintage touch to your holiday decor.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Love your bottles. The party sounds like fun - I'll be there!

  2. Love the bottles! What a cute idea to add a little patriotic decor in the house.

  3. The bottles are so pretty! This sounds like a fun party. I only decorated our dining table and kitchen table, though.

  4. How pretty and clever! And everything with an old book sitting next to it attracts my eye. :-)

  5. Love the bottles Debra ! ..

    Possibly if you sprayed the images with clear coat before Modge Podging that would help them not bleed similar to how you treat decal paper.

    I added several 4th of July free Printables to our blog for anyone needing them ..

    Blessings ..Sara

  6. What cute patriotic bottles! Love the look of these with little flags. Great job!

  7. Cute idea! We don't have our parade and family over until the 13th, so I'm a bit behind on patriotic decor. And where the heck did June go?!

  8. Been so long since I've taken time to enjoy a party. I'll see what I can come up with. Love your patriotic display!

  9. DEbra, these bottles are so charming! I will have to try this one time.

  10. The patriotic bottles are great. I will be doing good to get some flags outside. xo, olive

  11. Debra the jars are adorable! Thanks for the inspiration and I will be back for the patriotic party :O

  12. Love, love these. I have several not-so-vintage bottles that I can use. Thanks for the great ideas and links for the images.

  13. I can't resist a good bottle EITHER! These are really cute and I love the images. Great idea to include one at each place setting -- even as a little take home gift if you think you could part with them LOL

  14. Debra,
    The vintage graphics really add to your bottles!!!
    Question: Can the images be easily removed or do they become permanent???
    "Mr. Ed" has a collection of antique bottles, but I'm not sure he would want permanent images adhered to their surfaces!
    I'm working on a post now for the Patriotic Party!!!

  15. I LOVE this idea, Debra. I have been collecting old bottles and haven't decorated them yet. I am going to get to it today and take them in to work for a display! This would be a perfect post for my Inspired Sunday blog party if you would like to join today.

    Have a great fourth!

  16. What a cute idea! So simple and cost effective, just what everyone is looking for these days. Thanks for sharing. Please come by and visit when you get a chance. Sandi

  17. What a gorgeous display! thanks for sharing, stopping by from Dedicated house!

  18. Super patriotic and very different! Pinning to my americana board! Swing by

  19. I'm totally in love and swooning with your patriotic bottles! Thanks for sharing and have a terrific Fourth weekend ahead.

  20. Your patriot bottles are wonderful! Love them! Great vignettes and Love the last picture with the flag. :)

  21. Darling idea, Debra. I'm filing this away for next year. Have a happy 4th of July. ~ Sarah

  22. These are so beautiful, Debra! What a wonderful way to decorate with vintage finds for the 4th!

  23. These are so beautiful. I love them, makes such a fabulous vignette. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  24. Debra, they are beautiful! I love them in a group... they look so happy to be together!

  25. Debra,

    These look amazing!!! And they could work on mason jars too ...

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    :) Linda

  26. Just love these Debra, such a great idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  27. What a cute way to dress up old bottles.


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