I’m sure you’ve had this issue before where you empty a bottle and you’re not sure whether to keep it or throw it away. There’s always something useful or cool that you can do with empty bottles but these ideas don’t usually come to mind when you need them. Well, next time you’re faced with this dilemma, just remember some of these wonderful projects. They involve painting bottles and reusing them to make all sorts of lovely and interesting things.
Liquor bottles have all sorts of interesting and unusual shapes and it’s fun to collect them even if you’d have a way to repurpose them immediately. It’s great to have a few of them around when a cool idea strikes, like turning bottles into gourds for example. This is a really cute and easy project that would be perfect for fall or Halloween. Just take some bottles, paint them orange and wrap some twine around their necks so they look like gourds or pumpkins. Check out sadieseasongoods for details.
Perhaps the simplest idea of all would be turn an empty glass bottle into a vase. You can do that without changing anything about the bottle although that wouldn’t really look that great or special. So take a bit of time to paint the bottle and consider adding a few details to it as well. For instance you could just use a permanent marker to draw a pattern onto the vase once the paint is dry. Head over to almostmakesperfect for more details and ideas.
Wine bottles can look pretty too when painted even if they don’t have unusual designs and shapes. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when painting them: Make sure the bottles are very clean before you get started. Remove all the labels and the glue. Remove leftover soap residue with vinegar and let the bottles dry completely. Prime them by spraying light coats over the surface and then spray them with paint in the same way. You can find additional tips on houseofhoneydos.
If you want to you can also experiment with using two or more different colors or creating patterns using spray paint on your glass bottles. You can start as usual by cleaning the bottles and applying the primer. Then you can apply a main color to the whole surface, after which you can use painter’s tape to cover up a few areas. Then when you applied the second color you’ll get an interesting pattern. Check out these white and gold bottle vases on moretomrse for inspiration.
Instead of using spray paint to cover the exterior of a bottle, you could try a different technique. You could take some acrylic paint and pour it into the bottle, then slowly swirl and move it around until the whole interior of the bottle is coated in paint. Place the bottle upside down so the excess paint drains away if needed. This is a really idea if you have some cool-looking or old bottles that you plan to use as decorations. You can find more details about this on bywilma if needed.
Painting a bottle can only be the first step of a project. It’s a great way to create a good base for a more detailed and intricate design. For example, once the bottles is painted and the paint has dried, you can decorate it with various different things like some rhinestone lace for instance. You can also use things like twine or regular lace so try to think outside the box when coming up with an idea for the final design. If you’d like some inspiration, head over to creativekhadija.
We also really like the idea of using chalkboard spray paint to transform glass bottles. This gives them a really nice and matte finish and also means that you can then use chalk to write on draw things on the bottle. It’s a really easy and cool way to transform bottles and to turn them into stylish vases or just to display them as decorations around the house. Check out lovemydiyhome for more details about this technique.
Glass bottles aren’t the only ones that can be used for these sorts of projects. You could also repurpose plastic bottles into vases and it would be just as easy. They too come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and can look really interesting when repurposed. You can use a regular craft knife or scissors to cut off the top section of the bottle and you can put some tape around the rim so it’s nice and smooth. You can find a more detailed tutorial on theseamanmom.
There’s more than one way to paint a bottle and some really cool techniques that you could use if you want to try something different. For example, you could go for a more artistic and abstract design and combine several different colors. After that you can even add a layer of glitter to really make the bottle sparkle. Check out the tutorial on allthingsnewagain if you want to find out exactly how it’s done.
Another cool technique involves creating a look similar to mercury glass and giving bottle a sort of antiqued, mirror-like finish. It’s actually really easy and the secret is using mirror spray paint. You apply it just like regular spray paint on your bottle and then leave it to dry. If you want that antique and weathered look you can use a bit of sandpaper to make the finish look less perfect in places. Everything is described on ahousefullofsunshine.
These painted wine bottles from shinecrafts have a really lovely look. They’re painted but they’re still semi-transparent and that creates a really nice effect. Also, they’re decorated with cute patterns that were created using white acrylic paint. You could easily come up with a unique pattern of your own if you’d like to make your own bohemian-loooking glass vases from scratch.
We mentioned before that you can also use tape to create patterns on your painted glass bottles. Here’s another design idea based on that. This time the bottles were not painted using a base color but were left clear instead. The design is simple and can be created using a variety of different colors of paint and possibly even different color combinations. If you want to find out the specifics, check out the tutorial on potterybarn.
You can very easily transform an empty glass bottle or a jar into a beautiful vase or a decoration and it would only require some paint and twine. Another inspiring example in this sense can be found on makesbakesanddecor. Here you can see that it was the interior of the bottles that was painted and then the twine was added around the outside.
There are many different uses for a painted glass bottle once you’re done decorating it. The most common option would of course be to use it as a vase but there are also a few other more unusual and very interesting ideas that you can try. For example you could turn a bottle into a stylish and unique base for a table lamp. It’s actually easier than you’re probably imagining and you can find all the details on 1dogwoof if you’re interested.