A good way to recycle those old wine bottles is to make a wine bottle vase. To do that, you just need to paint them. I prefer black and white painted bottles, but they can be done in any shade imaginable. Even in chalkboard paint, if you want to incorporate a personal message.
Step 1 – Make sure the bottle is squeaky clean. Remove all labels then, use a good grease cutting soap (such as dawn) and wash clean.
Step 2 – Wipe down the bottle with white vinegar to remove any soap residue that may have been left behind. Allow to thoroughly dry.
Step 3 – Primer the bottle, spraying light coats over the surface, allowing each coat to dry in between. Make sure to hold the spray can at least 12″ from the bottle. Do not try to completely cover the bottle in one coat. Trying to do too much at once will result in runs.
Step 4 – Spray with paint, using the same light, even coats. Allow to dry between eat coat.
Step 4 – After the final coat is dry, wrap the neck with twine and insert flowers. The way that I wrap the twine is to take the strip that I want to use, and hold a small length at the point where I want to start the wrap. Then, wrap the twine around and over the length, so that it is sealed and secure beneath itself. This will leave a tail with which you can tie a bow.
Paints that I used
There are a lot of different brands and types of paints out there, many of which are very good. What I have found to work best for me, when painting the exterior of glass, is to use Rust-oleum Auto Primer to prime the glass. I have noticed that this primer really helps to hold the paint and prevent chips. After that dries, just about any paint will work. I prefer to use Krylon spray paints for the color.
Personalize a cherished moment
The white champagne bottle in the center is from my honeymoon. I saved it all these years, and finally got around to doing something with it. To get the same look as this bottle, I added some lace, pearls, and a charm. The lace and pearls mimic my wedding dress. I use some glue to secure the lace around the bottle. The pearls came from Hobby Lobby. They are flat on one side and already had an adhesive, so all I needed to do was to place them where I wanted them. The charm I also picked up at HL. I thought it was cute and represented how I feel, so I just added it to the bow with a bit of monofilament line. Some other good ideas would be to use a garter, or some other trinkets saved from the wedding reception, to decorate the bottle. This idea would also be nice for the champagne (or grape juice) bottle saved from a child’s birth. Just decorate it with memorabilia from the first year. Add a little foot print to it, if your little one is still small enough to do that. Wow, I wish I had thought of that when my boys were babies!
Black Painted Wine Bottles
The black bottles where finished out in the same method as the white, except for the color. On the center bottle, I added a few rubber bands before spray painting with the black paint, so that the gray primer is allowed to show through. Just snip off the rubber bands after the black paint is dry. You could also wrap painter’s tape around the bottle to get a wider stripe.
Chalkboard painted wine bottles
Chalkboard paint is great if you want to add special messages that can be changed from time to time. Here is a simple design that adds just a touch of pizazz to this small table. Try these in a kitchen or dining area for a personalized touch to your decor.
If you like these, be sure to check back for Halloween and Christmas to see the super decorations that are coming up! In the mean time, I’d love to hear how you have reused your old glass bottles.
(Before I go, I feel compelled to issue a special thanks to my mother-in-law, whom without I would not have had so many wine bottles). 😉