When you think of the Thrift Store, you probably picture racks upon racks of used clothing. While this is certainly an accurate image, there are many other treasures to be found at thrift stores including glassware. Keep reading to learn about some clever crafts to dress up Thrift Store Glasses.
Crafts to Reuse Thrift Store Glasses
Old Glasses you find at thrift stores are very inexpensive – usually only $0.25 to $0.50 each. If you find a few that you like, you can use them in crafts to turn them into something quite nice. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Chalkboard Base – Gather a set of matching glasses and give them a good cleaning. Next, dip the bases in chalkboard paint and let it dry completely. To use the glasses, just take a piece of chalk and write each person’s name on their glass.
- Wintery Scene – If you’re looking for a simple winter decoration idea, take a set of wine glasses and fill them with an inch or two of fake snow. Then, simply add mini Christmas trees or other figurines to complete the scene.
- Votive Holders – Take a set of glasses and turn them upside down. Paint the stems and base with colored paint or glitter then use them as votive holders. You can also place a flower or figurine under the glass itself to add some intrigue.
- Teacup Glasses – For a cute and unique set of custom glassware, collect a few wine glasses and some antique teacups. Use a glass cutter to score the wine glass then carefully snap off the stem and glue it to the bottom of a teacup to turn it into a wine glass.
These crafts are great, but they aren’t the only things you can do with thrift store glasses! Keep reading to learn about some other ideas.
Creative Uses for Glassware
In addition to the crafts discussed above, there are a number of other creative ways to use old glassware – here are a few ideas:
- Cupcake Stand – If you can find a few wine glasses with unique shapes and wide bottoms, try turning them upside down and set one at each place setting to hold a cupcake or other single-serve dessert.
- Supply Holder – It may not be the most exciting use, but old glassware makes for a great office supply holder – you can also use it for art supplies like paint brushes or colored pencils.
- Mini Planters – If you have a set of beautiful glassware but you’re missing a few pieces, give the glasses a new purpose by turning them into mini planters for succulents or other houseplants.
- Candles – A nice glass or teacup makes for a beautiful candle if you are feeling a little crafty – you can also melt down the leftovers of other candles and pour them in with a new wick.
- Cake Stand – If you can find a nice glass and a glass plate or tray that go well together, try hot-gluing the glass to the bottom of the plate to become a cake stand.
When it comes to crafts, you are only bound by the limits of your imagination. Give some of these crafts a try or use them as the foundation for an idea of your own. Don’t be afraid to get creative!