What can you do with glass bottles? Upcycle them with bottle painting and there are so many ways to use the bottle.
Here are the materials you’ll need
Here are the instructions
1. Prep the Bottle
I washed my bottle and then removed the label. After the bottle was dry, I used rubbing alcohol to clean the bottle to make sure there wouldn’t be any oil, dirt, or debris on it.
2. Add A Stencil
I used an adhesive stencil and placed it on the bottle. Most stencils only cover half the bottle, so you’ll do half the project, wait for it to dry and then repeat the project.
Make sure to press the stencil onto the bottle as this stops paint from bleeding under the stencil.
3. Paint the Bottle
When picking the paint for a glass project, look at the back of the paint to ensure it’s good for glass or it’ll sluff or wash off.
I’m using White Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Paint. I placed the paint onto a tray. I loaded my stencil brush with paint, then tapped the brush in another spot to remove as much paint as possible. This “off loading” technique stops the paint from bleeding underneath the stencil. I tapped the brush up and down onto the stencil and painting onto the bottle. Tapping up and down rather than wiping back and forth also helps stop the paint from bleeding under the stencil. Continue painting the bottle until the entire stencil is covered.
4. Remove the Stencil
While the paint is still wet, carefully remove the stencil from the bottle. It’s important to remove the stencil right away so that the paint doesn’t stick to the stencil and peel off the bottle when lifting.
If your stencil only covered half the bottle, remove the stencil, let the bottle dry, then repeat the process on the other side of the bottle.
5. Let the Paint Dry Completely
What can you do with a painted bottle?
- Use it to serve water at your table
- Use it as a vase
- Give it as a gift
- Use it as a candle holder
- Turn it into a solar light
- Turn it into a lamp
- Use it as a memorial message in a bottle
- Use it for seasonal decor
I added an USB charging LED bottle light to create ambiance in my bathroom.
Here is another painted bottle that I did for Hometalk TV using Folk Art Multi Surface Paint and stencils. I added bottle fairly lights to that bottle.
Fill the sink with soapy water and let the bottle soak for 10-15 minutes. Most of the labels should peel right off. If you have any trouble you can use a scraper to get any of the residue left off. If there is a sticky residue left on the bottle after removing the label that is really stubborn, spread coconut oil over the residue and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use a scraper to remove the rest of the residue, then wash the bottle.
You can use many different kinds of paint – acrylic, chalk, etc. Just read the back and make sure it says it’s okay for glass.
An easy beginner project is to clean the bottle, add an adhesive stencil, paint on the stencil, and remove the stencil. Let the bottle dry
Make sure your chalk paint is okay for glass or it will just sluff off. Next just paint on the first layer of chalk paint and let it dry, then paint on a second coat if needed.
Yes, just make sure it’s multi-surface paint, and says it’s okay for glass on the back of the bottle.
You can paint a bottle with any paint that is okay for glass, or you can mix food color and Mod Podge and paint glass then let it dry.
Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting Video
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