Well, this project was fun and maybe to some of you......a bit freaky. This urine specimen bottle display is colorful and can be shown off in different ways.
The bottles make great vases and guess what inspired the color of the water? Ha!
I shared the urine bottles and metal rack last week. I bought them at an auction. The price was a little high but there are endless ways to use this set of bottles! They will be such fun at Halloween. Maybe serve up something ghoulish in them?
I used food coloring in the water and at first just wanted the water to be different shades of yellow and not real dark.
Then I changed my mind, said what the heck, and went darker with the yellow. I made a short video of the whole process but I’m going to walk you through it too. Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and we have some stunners.
The projects we share can be anything that’s old or used or both. Everything doesn’t have to be made over….maybe just used in a non-traditional way. My project today is not a makeover but a great display idea.
The first thing I did was clean the bottles really well in scalding water and then bleach and then soapy water again.
Next I called a couple of neighbors looking for food coloring. I checked one store and all they had was gel food coloring for icing and such. The package of food coloring I borrowed has an expiration date of 07/2014. Do they still make liquid food coloring?
I mixed the food coloring and water in a glass container then used a funnel to pour the water into the bottles.
The pretty yellow flowers are from JoAnn’s. I bought them a couple of months ago when they were on sale. I try to never buy anything at regular price.
The vintage cloth tape with the floral design is a long ago purchase. It’s been in my stash forever. I cut one piece of ribbon to tie around one bottle. You don't want to overdo it and get all matchy-matchy.
See the video for the project below....
Making Urine Bottle Vases
And I cut different lengths and pieces of flowers for the bottles.
Yellow and orange are two of my very favorite colors and this display is on my mantel. The mantel decorations were all green and orange until I added the bottle vases. You can find my favorite yellow project here.
I didn’t put flowers in all of the bottles. When the bottles are in the metal carrier it’s a bit much to have flowers in all of them. Such unique vases. Remember when looking at a thrifted item to "think outside of the box". My friend Sarah made some of the cutest vases I've ever seen using milk bottles.
I’m so happy with my purchase and my vintage urine specimen bottle vases. What do you guys think? What ideas do you have for the urine bottles?
Leave a note before rushing off on the tour with ideas or comments. Take the tour by clicking the links below the “before makeovers” photo collage……
Repurposed Kitchen Tools As Planters from House Of Hawthornes
Shutter Shelf DIY from Refresh Restyle
Florist Vase Makeover from Sadie Seasongoods
Nightstand Makeover from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Bookcase Makeover from My Repurposed Life
TV Console Makeover from Our Southern Home
That’s it for me. You guys have a great day and thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.