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Decorating with Milk Glass Vases – Thrifty Style Team

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Decorating with milk glass vases is a thrifty way to display flowers and greenery.

Welcome to the first Thrifty Style Team post of 2022! This is the place where we get together with our talented and creative blogger friends every month. We each display, makeover, repurpose or transform something from our homes or thrift stores. This month you are in for a treat, as we each share thrifty our ideas! A giant thank you to our friend Julie of Redhead Can Decorate . Let me share with you how decorating with milk glass vases is super thrifty and fun!

First, I would like to say a giant “thank you “for all of your support from yesterday’s post. This has been a rollercoaster to navigate…and I appreciate you so much!

What is milk glass?

Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milk white colored glass that can be blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. Made into decorative dinnerware, lamps, vases, and costume jewelry, milk glass was highly popular during the Gilded Age, 1870’s to 1900. These pieces were made for the wealthy and are known for their delicacy and beauty in color and design, while Depression glass pieces of the 1930s and 1940s are less so. The Depression glass pieces were created as an affordable option for the masses.

When I see milk glass, I instantly think of my grandma’s house. She and grandpa didn’t have a lot, but grandma proudly displayed her milk glass pieces. I was especially drawn to the hobnail vases. Decades later I was surprised to discover that a lot of this glass was made by Fenton – which is my last name.

Sadly, milk glass has no real value anymore, except for the sentimentality aspect. My collection pieces were all purchased for .50 cents to $4.00 each.

Each vase is unique in size, design and style. This is a large hobnail piece that cost just $2.00.

Pressed glass pieces are beautiful too. This was a .50 cent score!

It’s fun to create different floral arrangements and centerpieces. I hope that you have been inspired in some small way today!

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

Now lets see what all of our thrifty friends have been up to!

Redhead Can Decorate – Rose Petal Heart Plus 3 More Simple Romantic Ideas

Our Crafty Mom – Pine Cone Fire Starters with Free Printable Gift Tag


2 Bees in a Pod – That’s me!

Postcards From the Ridge – DIY Glass Cloche plus Styling Tips

The Tattered Pew – No Sew Pantry Curtain

The How To Home – Antique Dresser Makeover with Removeable Wallpaper

The Cottage on Bunker Hill – Textured Heart Wall Art

I Should be Mopping the Floor – 5 Last Minute Valentines Printables

Vinyet Etc – DIY Baby’s Breath Wreath

Lora Bloomquist – Elegant Valentine’s Dessert Charcuterie How To

Sweet Pea – DIY Pom Pom Valentines Day Pillow

Amy Sadler Designs – How to Make Leather Napkin Rings


  1. Your floral designs are lovely! I also love milk glass and creating flower arrangements using pieces from my collection to decorate my home.

  2. So sweet! I love the crisp clean look of milk glass and fresh flowers! Beautiful!

  3. I’m all about flowers this month!! All I have been doing is looking at flowers and planning my garden…February is hard up here!! Thanks for brightening my snowy, icy morning!!!

  4. Vicki & Jenn… when I saw your photo I was instantly in love with the idea of putting vibrant colored flowers in milk glass!!! You did an absolutely amazing display! Stunning! I adore milk glass and my mom had it displayed as well just like your grandma. My sister has a cake plate she is holding on to for me to give me once we get to see each other.

  5. I think milk glass is always gorgeous! And I love that these remind you of your grandmother…so sweet. Your flowers totally POP against the white of the pieces, too. xoxo, kristi

  6. Love milkglass! Your floral arrangements are so pretty. So sorry you’ve had parent issues; been doing that ourselves for quite a few loved ones and it’s rough. Do what you can while you can; you won’t regret honoring your parents.

  7. Hello! I LOVE milk glass, especially hobnail!! Your vases are all beautiful and I love how you styled each of them. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Hi Rachel-
      Thanks so very much! We especially love that they are pretty and so thrifty to decorate with!

      All the best~
      Vicki ~ 2 Bees

  8. Thanks! I have a milk glass collection and they make me smile just looking at them! Adding flowers is an extra smile because I love those too! I will definitely use “ borrow” some of your ideas!

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