Collecting vintage milk glass is something I enjoy. I love finding ways to use it in my seasonal decor. For this year’s spring mantel, I’m using an assortment of vases, candle holders, plates, and bowls.
Using items you have on hand is the best way to create budget friendly decor. Mixing and matching pieces in different ways can give you lots of options for a new look.
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I’ve been collecting milk glass for years. I love when I find pieces at thrift stores that are reasonably priced. I’m also fortunate to have been given a number of pieces from my mother’s collection. I’ve given a few of my pieces to Gloria who enjoys using it in her farm house styled home.
Vintage Milk Glass Spring Mantel Decor
I keep some of my milk glass pieces on display in our sunroom, but some pieces are tucked away in the china hutch. I gathered up some of the vases, plates, bowls, and candle holders and spent a little time arranging them on the mantel until I was happy with the assortment and the symmetry.
Fenton was one of the most popular manufacturers of milk glass beginning in 1905. The company stopped production in 2011, but its molds are still used and have the Fenton stamp on them. If you’re searching for vintage pieces, I suggest doing a google search for more information. Most vintage Fenton pieces are reasonably priced, but there are times when sellers overprice it. Check on line before you buy.
Since I want the milk glass to the be star of the show, I didn’t want to use bright colored florals for the mantel. I pulled out one of my faux flower bins and selected the ones that are soft pink and white.
For some added greenery, I pulled the stems from a bunch apart and removed the greenery from the stems.
Lots of these flowers are from Michaels, but there are some Dollar Tree bunches mixed in, too. Often it’s the leaves and stems on dollar store flowers that don’t look so great. I pulled the blooms from the stems to use as filler for a couple of the bowls on the mantel.
One of my favorite milk glass pieces is this oblong hobnail Fenton piece. It’s one that my mother gave me. It works great to hold two bunches of flowers along with some greenery.
The matching hobnail candle holders are just right on either side of the oblong dish. Since I’m using some greenery along with the pink and ivory flowers, the light green beeswax candles complement the overall look. I didn’t make this set of candles, but I have made others. If you’re interested in making your own, have a look at my Easy DIY Beeswax Candles post.
I am a fan of symmetry, so I placed and replaced assorted shapes and sizes of milk glass pieces on the mantel to get the look I was happy with.
I have a couple of these Anchor Hocking teardrop milk glass vases that work well to anchor the mantel on either end.
One of the fun things about using milk glass in your decor is that it’s very versatile. You can blend it in with lots of styles. I mentioned that Gloria loves it in her farmhouse styled home, I use it along with some coastal accents at times. It’s great for both spring and winter decor because you can easily add seasonal flowers to the pieces for a new look.
I tried several different alignments using various pieces The hardest part of putting this spring mantel together was deciding which pieces to use.
Once I made my choices, I layered in the flowers and greenery until all of the pieces had the look I was going for. For some of the florals, I needed to use wire cutters to reduce the length of the stems.
Creating a spring mantel using vintage milk glass or any collectibles that you have is a wonderful way to display your much loved pieces and to save money on decor by using what you already have.
I love finding ways to use the collectible pieces I have for seasonal decor. Since I had all of the florals on hand, I didn’t spend any new money to create my spring mantel.
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Vintage Milk Glass Spring Mantel
Supply List for Spring Mantel Decor
- Assortment of milk glass pieces
- Faux Flowers and Greenery
What items do you love to collect? I’d love to know how you use them in seasonal decor.
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