How to Create a Thrift Store Milk Glass Flower Tower


If you’re searching for a unique, affordable spring centerpiece for a family gathering, or a special occasion, you are going to flip when I tell you how simple it is to “Create a Thrift Store Milk Glass Flower Tower”. When you’re family sees the tiers of flower power you’ll be the talk of the crowd, and everyone will wonder how in the world you came up with such a neat idea using just thrift store items, and grocery store flowers. Read on to find out how to pull this Flower Tower off in minutes, and you’ll also learn a dozen more affordable spring ideas from the entire “Thrifty Style Team”…

Where Did this Tall Flower Centerpiece Originate?

I gotta be honest and tell you that I have never seen a Thrift Store Milk Glass Flower Tower ever before in my life πŸ˜†. It’s something that I made up by chance. You see…our Thrifty Style Team comes up with fresh affordable decorating ideas every month. When I planned this month’s project, I actually thought I would share my ceramic bird collection. I pulled out all of the birds, and ended up also pulling out these 4 pieces of milk glass (all from the thrift store over the years) to place the birds in. Let me tell ya, I became so bored. I knew I needed something better to share with you.


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Well, I ended up taking a nap, and it was then (when I was more relaxed) that inspiration struck. I remembered my friends from the Thrifty Style Team, 2 Bees in a Pod, used milk glass for gorgeous floral arrangements just a few weeks ago. I loved how the bright flowers popped up against the white milk glass. I knew I could make this milk glass “tower” work because I had already did something similar with colored glass. Check out my Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath .

This Vibrant Daisy Flower Tower only cost me $8.00. Wouldn’t it be beautiful for Easter, Mother’s Day, a shower, or even a wedding!

How to Create a Thrift Store Milk Glass Flower Tower

When I woke from my cat nap 😴 , I went on my Instacart app quick to see if they had bright flowers they could bring me quick, because I was running really behind. Luckily, Kroger had these vibrant Daisy bouquets for only $8.00. I was so excited to get started.

However, I had 2 concerns for the thrifty tower but here’s how they were easily managed πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»

  1. Secure milk glass pieces with removable 2-sided tape. The only spots I used tape was on the 2 middle sections. As you can see, the votive on top was quite secure, at least at house.
  2. If you’re using fresh flowers, you need to help them stay well watered. I ended up using the votive milk glass top piece, and the second milk glass piece with the bright green Daisies as a vase. All I had to do was fill both with a little water, and stick the flowers in that I had cut with a very short stem.
  3. For the last 2 bottom layers of flowers, I decided to stick the Daisies in where you see the tiny little “bumps” or holes in the milk glass edge. This was so simple with short cut stems, but I had to figure out how to keep them hydrated.
  4. To help keep those last 2 layers of Daisies fresh, I added a tiny bit of water to the orange & purple 3rd layer. Even though there wasn’t a huge crevice for water there, it was enough to keep these very hardy Daisies happy. Lastly, for the bottom layer of bright pink Daisies, I drenched a few paper towels with water and stuck it under the milk glass so the stem that I stuck in would touch it. Can’t even tell can ya?

Add leaves or even faux vines where you want to create more drama…

Where to Find Affordable Milk Glass

I am not a milk glass expert by any means, but I have acquired a little collection over the years through certain avenues, so I want you to know about them. The first, is family. I grew up with my mom using milk glass in her home decorating and I remember admiring it as a little girl. Although I haven’t acquired any of it as of yet (which is fine by me because it means my mom is still here!), my sister is saving me a beautiful cake plate that she got from my mom. and never uses. As for the other pieces, they are all thrift store acquired. Lastly, Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, garage sales, and rummage sales are the best spots to check. Milk glass is not worth a ton of $$$, so don’t get fooled into spending too much.

I couldn’t let this post go by without sharing my milk glass kitty helpers. They absolutely love when I get in the mood to decorate. I think they can tell that creating is my happy place ❀️

I hope you can stick around to sift through my friend’s posts from Thrifty Style Team…

Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath

Watermelon Cake

Ball Jar Chandelier

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25 Responses

  1. […] you are joining me from my friend Julie over at Redhead Can Decorate, Welcome! Wasn’t her milk glass flower tower so cute? I am inspired to make one […]

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  3. Mary Beth says:

    You are so clever, Julie! I love how colorful and pretty this is. xo

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  6. Marianne Songbird says:

    I love that milk glass repurpose. What a great idea to turn it into a flower tower. Pinned!

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  8. Amy says:

    I need to try a version of this! I have lots of milk glass!

  9. I love when inspiration hits like that! This turned out so good! Love!

  10. Cindy says:

    What a fun idea Julie!

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  12. How fun! This would be perfect for a spring or summer buffet table! I love it when inspiration strikes after a nap. πŸ˜‚

  13. I come up with the best ideas in my sleep..especially if my creativity has been blocked! This came out pretty! I never find milk glass in our thrift stores.

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  15. This is so pretty and creative, Julie! I have some of these same pieces of milk glass and am inspired to give it a try! Thank you so much for hosting. I am so happy to join in!

  16. What a fun centerpiece for a special event, like a shower! Milkglass can be used in so many ways; definitely a handy collection!

  17. Julie– this is so SPRINGY and fun!! You’re so darn clever, my friend. What a fabulous piece for spring decor…especially a fun Easter centerpiece! xoxo, kristi

  18. Sue at Blu says:

    Julie, the colors are fabulous! What a great twist to displaying milk glass! We’ve got a wedding coming soon…look for some milk glass!

  19. Julie – you know how much we love vintage milk glass. Your idea is so cute and creative!

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