Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting

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What can you do with glass bottles? Upcycle them with bottle painting and there are so many ways to use the bottle.

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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

Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting Video

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.

Here are the instructions for this simple bottle painting idea:

1. Prep the Bottle

Start with an empty glass bottle. I washed my bottle and then removed the label. After the bottle was dry, I used rubbing alcohol to clean the glass surface to make sure there wouldn’t be any oil, dirt, or debris on it.

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.

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, and wait for it to dry. Then repeat the project.

Make sure to press the stencil onto the bottle as this stops paint from bleeding under the stencil.

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.

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 the glassware.

I’m using White Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Paint (acrylic glass paints). Your shade of paint will depend on the color of bottle you are painting and the look you want to achieve. I’ve seen some pretty pastel colors on clear bottles, but I wanted to stick with white paint on the green bottle.

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 with a thick layer of paint. 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.

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.

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 and let the bottle dry. Then repeat the process on the other side of the bottle.

Let the paint dry on the bottle completely

5. Let the Paint Dry Completely

Holding a bottle to show final glass bottle design

I stopped decorating my bottle after I painted my stencil on both sides because that was the look I wanted. You can add more sparkle if you would like. I like to use fairy lights, but you could add glitter or beads for added sparkle.

What can you do with a painted bottle?

What can you do with glass bottles?  Upcycle them with bottle painting and there are so many ways to use the bottle.

I added an USB charging LED bottle light to create ambiance in my bathroom. You could use fairy lights instead.

What can you do with glass bottles?  Upcycle them with bottle painting and there are so many ways to use the bottle.

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.

How do you remove a label from a 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.

Which paint is best for bottle painting?

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.

How do you make a paint bottle?

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

How do you chalk paint glass bottles?

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.

Can you paint a glass bottle with acrylic paint?

Yes, just make sure it’s multi-surface paint, and says it’s okay for glass on the back of the bottle.

How do you change the color of a glass 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.

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Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting

What can you do with glass bottles? Upcycle them with bottle painting and there are so many ways to use the bottle.
Course Decor and Decorating
Keyword bottle painting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1
Author Chas
Cost $5-10

Equipment

  • None

Ingredients

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paint
  • Stencil
  • Stencil Brush

Instructions

  • PREP THE BOTTLE
  • ADD A STENCIL
  • PAINT THE BOTTLE
  • REMOVE THE STENCIL
  • LET THE PAINT DRY COMPLETELY

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28 Comments

  1. So pretty Chas and there are a ton of uses for these decorative bottles!

  2. Very pretty Chas! I love to upcycle bottles, and always save interesting wine and liquor bottles to paint or decoupage, I must try stenciling! I love the mini lights inside too, so fun!

  3. I love the finished look of your green bottle! Great idea to add lights inside the bottles.

  4. Chas, the inspiration you bring to these hops is fabulous! I’ve got a few bottles that have been cleaned and just waiting to have the right décor touch. This idea is perfect.

    1. Oh my gosh Rachelle, thank you so much. You made my day!

  5. This is my kind of craft. Doable and I can think of so many things to do with it. It would be such a cute centerpiece. Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

    1. Thank you so much Andrea, and I love the idea of a centerpiece.

  6. How creative, Chas! I love how this turned out–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  7. Such an easy way to customize a glass bottle. I hope you have a good weekend!

  8. Love how your pretty bottle turned out and the addition of lights! Happy to be hopping with you again!

  9. Chas, wow, you took a plain bottle and turned it into a beautiful piece of art! That is a lovely stencil and transformed that bottle. I could see a collection of these down the center of the table with the fairy lights in them lighting up a romantic table setting. Now, I just need to learn how to do this without letting the paint seep under the stencil! Perhaps this is a hands on lesson you will have to teach me!

    1. Thank so much Chloe and yes, I’d love to do this project with you 🙂 See you soon

  10. Chas, I love how you’ve turned an ordinary glass bottle into something special! It looks so whimsical with the fairy lights. I’d love to make some of these for our outdoor summer patio. They would look amazing at night! Thanks for sharing! It’s always fun to craft with you, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, and I would love to see a picture of that if you do decide to make them. Always great crafting with you as well.

  11. Chas, I love how you took an ordinary bottle and made it extraordinary! This is such a wonderful DIY and I can’t wait to give it a try! It was so much fun to hop with you. Pinned!

  12. Very pretty bottle recycle idea, Chas! I could see a few of these lined up on a patio for ambient lighting while entertaining outdoors during the summer and on a window sill indoors during the winter.

    1. Thank you so much Marie 🙂 Love all of those ideas.

  13. Chas, I love the idea of stenciling anything. What a great way to reuse a glass bottle and make it pretty. I’ve used Ceramic Paint from A Makers’ Studio for glass and ceramics and it works beautifully and stays.

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