Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Repurpose glass shakers into one of a kind perfume bottles

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

If you’re a fan of vintage aesthetics and creative upcycling, this DIY tutorial is perfect for you! In this step-by-step guide, I show you how to transform thrifted and second hand glass salt and pepper shakers into charming vintage-style perfume bottles. By adding embellished corks, you can give these everyday items a new lease on life while adding a touch of elegance to your vanity or home décor. Let’s dive into the world of repurposing and create something truly unique!

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles


  • Glass salt and pepper shakers (empty and cleaned)
  • Corks to fit your bottles
  • Vintage jewelry and decorative beads
  • Clear adhesive glue (e.g., E6000)
  • Hot glue
  • Needle nose plyers
  • Utility knife
  • Plastic stirrers (optional)
  • Small funnel
  • Perfume or essential oils of your choice
DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Clean and Prepare the Glass Shakers: Start by thoroughly cleaning the glass salt and pepper shakers. Make sure they are completely dry. Choose a cork that will fit the bottle. If the cork is too big you can lightly sand around the edges until it fits snugly on your bottle.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Check the fit of your cork. Now it is time to add the (optional) perfume dauber rod. This will enable you to apply the perfume to your pulse points without using your fingers.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

I am using an inexpensive plastic drink stirrer for the dauber. I measure how long it needs to be to almost reach the bottom of the jar and add a quarter of an inch to embed into the cork with glue.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Using a utility knife, carefully carve out a slot in the bottom of the cork to fit the cut end of the dauber. Use a dot of heavy duty glue or hot glue to secure it in place. Let dry.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Select your jewelry findings or beads to add to your cork. I first stack and glue some of the pieces together before adding them to the top of the cork to make sure they are securely glued together.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Finally glue the jewelry topper onto the top of the cork.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Let the cork and jewelry dry completely to be sure there is a good secure connection.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Carefully press the cork jewelry topper onto the opening of the shaker.

DIY Vintage Style Perfume Bottles

Repeat the process trying different combinations of jewels and beads to create your own unique perfume bottles.

Add perfume or essential oils to your perfume bottles using a small funnel.

Your repurposed vintage-style perfume bottles are now ready to be displayed! Arrange them on your vanity, dresser, or any other spot that needs a touch of elegance.

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