The Simple Way to Make Decorative Wine Bottles

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Decorative wine bottles aren’t a new thing. You will find tons of great ideas all over Pinterest when searching “decorative wine bottle DIY”.
They have been on my crafting to-do list for a while, but I’ve been putting it off until recently when my mother-in-law started hand-painting wine bottles. Inspired by her creations, I decided to move the decorative wine bottle craft up on my to-do list.
My busy schedule doesn’t allow for intricate details, so I was on a mission for simple. What’s simpler than a hot glue gun and spray paint?
First, get your bottles prepared by removing the labels and sticky residue. I let my bottles soak in hot water with a little baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar. After they soaked for a few minutes, I was able to scrub everything off with a scouring pad.
After your bottles are clean and dry, it’s time for lettering. I didn’t trust myself writing with glue freehand, so I found a pretty font online to use and a cute asymmetrical heart.
To transfer the words to the bottles, print them on a sheet of paper and tape them to the bottle.
Next, use a sharpie to heavily trace the letters. You will want to go over the letters multiple times to make sure the ink is bleeding through to the bottle.
When you remove the paper, you should see your word faintly outlined on the bottle. If you can’t see it, repeat the tracing until you do.
Once you have your outline, trace over it with the hot glue. After the glue dries, you can go back and remove any of the little stringy pieces of glue that you sometimes get from a hot glue gun {you can see them in the picture}. If you have any parts of the lettering that got too thick or out of line, you can fix those with a razor blade, Exacto knife, or even your fingernail.
When the glue is dry, it’s time to spray paint! I wanted my decorative wine bottles to have a more modern rustic feel to them, so I chose a brushed nickel color with a satin finish.

An easy way to spray paint empty wine bottles is to put them upside down on top of a pole or dowel rod. You can stick the pole in the ground to stabilize it, but it was much too cold on the day I was painting.

I ended up improvising with an old metal pole inside a box.

That sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn’t it?
The trick to spray painting the bottles is to do it in short bursts of paint. If you spray too much at once, your paint will run. You will have to do several coats to completely cover it and be sure to let your paint dry for 15 minutes or so between each coat. This picture is after the first coat.
See. How simple was that?

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Suggested materials:
  • Wine bottles
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint
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  • Hbg18181481 Hbg18181481 on Mar 01, 2017
    I'd also put some glitter in the paint or do a glitter paint for that sparkly look. Just a thought

  • Mary Howard Mary Howard on Mar 01, 2017
    Looks great. I would use paint that would be an ombre color and a little bling. IMO.