Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky

I’ll be okay if you don’t remember this iconic song by Hendrix but I’ll not be okay if you tell me you dont like these super cute antique lavender bottles. I am totally under its spell, lavender that is (or purple) and me thinks they are a treat for sore eyes with pretty pink flowers in it! Ree, are you listening?

But as every other bubble, this haze was broken by practicality!

Me: See, these. Aren’t they not dreamy? I tinted them. Don’t they look absolutely wonderful and antique.

Man: I don’t know. I don’t like it that much. I mean tinting them in different colors would not really make it antique.

Me: That’s okay. I don’t expect you to understand. Asked you out of sheer humility. It’s brilliant. I know it is.

Man: Okay. You’ll know best (exits)

Hahaha, look at that self confidence turned defense thing acting here! I’m such beat your own drum girl.

Purple haze all in my eyes
Don’t know if it’s day or night
You’ve got me blowin, blowin my mind
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

Anyway, for those of you who thinks its stupid, you will leave us mooning-over-antiquey-looking-bottles folk here alone to fend for our own, I guess. For those who belong to the later, hey-ho! Do you love them or do you love them? Find the tutorial below and also some tips to choose bottles if you planning on making antique lavender bottles.

3 Tips for choosing glass bottles to turn into antique bottles

I know I am no connoisseur in identifying trash but from experience bottles with raised embossing works well. Whether it’s a logo or the brand name in cool fonts, whether its a small depression or symmetric raised ends, look out for them bottles.

Next, shape. Look out for narrow necks with a bit of a rim or texture near the neck. Even better with a full blown base. I personally love flat short ones (old monk), narrow necks with monogram (antiquity), Gin quarter bottles (Blue Riband) and clear wine bottles with cork.

Look out for different tints in clear glass if you are planning to group them. This will ensure different shades of the same color, with slight variation that looks really good and with no extra effort.

Now onto the tutorial

How to make antique lavender bottles


Sketch pens: Violet and Pink

Clear drying glue

Clear Varnish


Cleaned and dry bottles


Take your sketch pen and remove the refill from within.

In a dish, add about 2 tbsp of glue and squeeze out the ink from both the refills, drop by drop. Ideally, 4 drops of crimson and 2 drops of violet would do.

Mix well with a brush and paint your bottles.

let them dry for at least 24 hours before coating them with varnish.

NOTE: Do not give the bottles a lovely second coat of glue as it will rub off the layer that has dried. 

Once dry, group them as centerpiece or scatter it up with pretty flowers in places you frequent. This is the Purple haze life we are talking about girls- Purple Haze.

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19 thoughts on “DIY: Antique Lavender Bottles”

  1. Very pretty – now that I most certainly CAN see the images!!! I need to find some small antique bottles to turn into Christmassy snowmen (using an idea from a magazine article) but have absolutely no idea where to go to find them….
    As for you, you don’t seem to do too badly at distinguishing trash from potential masterpiece!

  2. i got a fevah and the only prescription is PURPLE HAZE. ya, mama. this is one of my favs and you have styled them up so utterly beautiful i am drooling on the keyboard.

    more more more. more tinted bottles. more beachy style on a shoestring. more you.



    1. Yo woman, methinks I share your prescription for I have da purple feva too. Hahaha, love dem lingos. More junk and beachy style on a dime coming up, hot and fresh, on your way! Ale Ale!

  3. Absolutely love these! They turned out darling- and your photos are beautiful!! You are welcome to come link up at my Friday party at my blog too if you you would like! 🙂

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