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How to Make an Autumn Display with Depression Glass

Have you ever seen depression glass? When I was little I remember a beautiful pink depression glass milkshake glass (not sure if that’s what it is, but that’s what I called it!) and I always wanted to drink from it….almost to the point of being a bit obsessive. I was little, the glass was pink (my favorite color) and it was off limits…so, I wanted it more.

Close up views of pink depression glass

The glass is above…isn’t it gorgeous???

Last month as part of my Thrifty Style Team’s post I shared the vintage bean pot that my sister brought over to my house. It was in one of three boxes from my parent’s house that had been in my sister’s garage for over 20 years.

I finally went through one of the other boxes…and lo and behold…it was a treasure trove of pink depression glass….

overhead view of 5 unique pieces of pink depression glass

Five pieces in all……

Close up view of large pink depression glass serving bowl

It’s all so beautiful….

large pink depression glass serving bowl and small ice cream pink depression glass

And I’m absolutely giddy to have it…but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it other than to stack it and just look at it….

BUT….then I got an idea and it turned out so beautifully that I wanted to share it with you for this month’s Thrifty Style Team.

I would love for you to take a look at the Autumn Display I created using the depression glass and then head to the bottom of the post to see all of the other wonderful Thrifty Home Décor Ideas from the rest of the amazing team!

Now, on to my project!

How to Make an Autumn Display with Depression Glass

Overhead view of real decorative pumpkins and faux greenery and small teracotta pots on a wicker tray

Other than the depression glass, I gathered some real pumpkins (aren’t they pretty?), a few small terra cotta pots that have naturally aged (I love that look), a bag of Spanish moss, and some faux greenery and some faux white pumpkins that I had on hand.

overhead view of pink depression glass filled with spanish moss

I gathered my depression glass and placed it on top of a rustic lazy Susan I bought about a year ago (and use all the time!).

I can’t remember where I bought it but I did find a similar one here.

Once the depression glass was arranged the way I wanted it….larger pieces in the back, the tall milkshake glass in the middle, and the smaller pieces up front, I added Spanish moss to each of the pieces.

autumn display with pink depression glass

Let’s Keep Going!

Next, I started to add the real pumpkins to the pieces and added some faux ones to bulk up the display.

I also placed the small terra cotta pots around the lazy Susan and filled those with Spanish moss as well to give everything a rustic chic look.

The whole process took less than 30 minutes…probably 10 to 15 but I lost track of time.

close up view of pink depression glass filled with white and pale orange pumpkins, greenery, and faux greens for an autumn display made with depression glass

I was hangry and kept thinking about what I was going to eat when I was done.

Centerpiece or Display?

Front view of a rustic lazy susan topped with Pink Depression Glass filled with Spanish moss and faux and real pumpkins for an autumn display and a side display

When I was all done tweaking….I stepped back….

Front view of a rustic lazy susan topped with Pink Depression Glass filled with Spanish moss and faux and real pumpkins for an autumn display

And admired it! It’s the perfect combo of rustic, vintage, and boho, and it makes me think of my mother…which makes me so happy.

Now, I just need to decide if I’m going to leave it on my buffet or move it to the dining room table.

Collage of 12 beautiful home styling ideas for the month of October

And now, for the rest of the team’s shares! Click on any of the links to be taken to the gorgeous thrifty décor!

Redhead Can Decorate, “Affordable Fall Ornamental Cabbage Window Box”

DIY Beautify, “Copper Magnolia Wreath From Paper Bags”

The Tattered Pew, “5 Simple and Thrifty Fall DIYs”

Sweet Pea, “Upcycled Plastic Bag Halloween Wreath”

2 Bees in a Pod, “3 Free Halloween Printables”

I Should Be Mopping the Floor, “Free Printable Pumpkin Garland”

The How to Home, “Autumn Display with Depression Glass”

Cottage On Bunker Hill, “Pottery Barn Dupe Vase”

Vinyet Etc, “Styling with Vintage for Fall -DIY Vintage Model Boat Stand”

Lora Bloomquist

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I love pink depressionware, but never thought about using it in the Fall; great idea to combine with terra cotta and pumpkins. Pinned!

Mary Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you so much, Lora!

Kristi L Dominguez

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Depression glass is always a favorite of mine...and the way you put this display together with it is absolutely perfect!! xoxo, kristi

Mary Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you, Kristi! p.s. I think depression glass would make be a wonderful subject for a series of your lovely printables. 🧡

Laurie @ Vinyet Etc

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

I adore pink depression glass, using it for fall is perfection!

Mary Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you so much, Laurie!

Jennifer Howard

Sunday 10th of October 2021

I'm so glad you opened that box!! All this beautiful glass has been waiting for you!!

Mary Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm so glad I opened that box as well. It was a treasure chest.

Julie

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Oh my goodness… what an absolute treasure! Colored glass is my absolute FAVORITE MB!! You created a gorgeous display. I’m so jealous!!!

Mary Beth

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you so much, sweet Julie!