26 Jan DIY Wine Bottle Vases
There are more ways than one way to “skin a cat” (ew), and there are definitely more ways than one to decorate a wine bottle. In the past I have turned wine bottles into lamps, candle holders, garden decor and more. Most recently I had the pleasure of collaborating and planning my lovely sister-in-law’s baby shower with both her mother and mother-in-law. We kept LeAnn’s wants in mind; to keep it simple and affordable, yet have a bit of personality. For this, we knew wine bottles would be the answer.
Snowflake was the theme so my mother-in-law and I came up with a “glittery, white tree branch placed inside of a wine bottle” idea for the centerpieces. I was in charge of the wine bottles. Painting wine bottles is pretty easy, I had done that many times before. But for this I wanted to do something special. I wanted to take it to a whole ‘nother level and design patterns for the bottles. Easy peasy, right?
1. Find The Bottles
With the help of some friends, and some dinner parties, I found about twelve wine empty wine bottles which was more than I needed. It is nice to have a few more on hand incase one breaks and I wanted to experiment with the process and design since it was my first time.
2. Wash the bottles
Rinse them out and soak them in some hot, soapy water. This not only cleans the bottles, but makes the label glue soft and easier to remove. Sometimes you can get lucky and the label will fall off the bottle. That’s rare.
3. Remove the Labels
Most times you have to use your thumb, or something safe with an edge, that can scrape off the label. Here I use an old, dull butter knife.
Afterwards, I placed them in a rack and let them thoroughly dry. I left them over night.
4. Design your bottles (Test Run)
The shower colors were white, silver, gold and a little pink. Knowing this, I grabbed white, silver and gold spray paint from Menard’s. I cracked the door and set up a spot in my garage with many paper bags to protect the floor.
5. Paint your bottles
I did a test run with one bottle, and then two. I used painters tape, sticker dots and rubber bands to create patterns I liked. Then sprayed the entire bottle, over the design objects, with gold metallic paint.
6. Let the bottles dry.
After they fully dried, I removed the tape or dots to reveal that bottle color. The gold paint on the clean bottle dried extremely fast (about 5 minutes, no joke) so I thought I would try a more intricate idea. First I would spray the bottle with white let that dry, then add the stencil material, and then finish with the gold metallic paint.
7. Remove the stencil material.
This turned out great, however, the drying time of the white paint was much longer than that of the gold. This did not leave me the time I needed to finish the project, so I could only let the white bottles dry for about 1 hour before I had to place the tape over it. Really, I should have left it over night.
8. Learn from your mistakes.
In the photo above (on the left) you can see some “crackling” of the paint. Even though it was winter and extremely cold in my garage, this paint dried so quickly it crackled wherever there was a bit of excess paint. Some people may think this a mistake, but I thought it was awesome! I think you could use this idea it to create an intended crackled look. Science + art? That’s the best!
[Worthwild Tip: Transporting the bottles to the shower a few hours away, I did learn that I needed to wrap the bottles individually with some kind of bubble wrap/paper/towel thing instead of putting them in a big next to each other and punching a blanket between the bottles. They did end up scratching against each other a bit.]
The Snowflake baby shower