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Painting Glass Bottles, Recycled Decor Idea

10 September 2010

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Bliss Bloom Blog has painted a bottle inside and out.  See what she is up to.

I've been wanting to try this out for a while and had a chance to experiment today.  We finally have weather warm enough for the boys to have a "water day" in the backyard.  I set-up a water park of sorts in our backyard to keep them busy as I played around with fabric puffy paint, glass bottles and acrylic & spray paints.

Empty bottle, ready for upcycling...
BTW, if you haven't tried it, Trader Joe's sparkling lemonade is delish!

I don't trust myself with freehanding anything, so I drew a simple design on the bottle using a dry erase marker... Love dry erase-- if you don't like it, wipe it off.  If you're like me, it takes at least 3 tries to draw a simple flower.

Now the fun part... add the puffy paint.  Unless you're a puffy paint guru, I recommend dots... Lots and lots of dots.  Let dry for a couple of hours.

::Glass Bottle with Acrylic Paint::

For the clear bottle, I poured in a creamy antique acrylic paint. While I like the contrast of the acrylic paint against the white puffy paint, if I were to do it again, I'd use an oil-based or regular interior paint instead.  The acrylic doesn't adhere to glass readily and I had to constantly rotate the bottle to get complete coverage and avoid streaks.  Next time I'm going to dip into one of the cans of Dunn-Edwards that we have stacked in our garage.

::Glass Bottle with Spray Paint::

I spray painted the green bottle with "Ivory Silk" in a satin finish.  Very quick and easy.

Hmmm... I do like the flower pattern, but the rest seems a little flat.  I can't decide if I should add more white puffy paint to add more detail.... or spray paint it with a clear gloss... or just spray paint over it in a glossy white.    I'm leaning toward glossy white... even though I'm trying to achieve a Fall vibe... Decisions, decisions...
This is a cool project showing the reuse of glass bottle something that most of us just get rid of.  Painting glass bottles inside and out, 
who would have thought?


Baye September 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I like the way it is right now. Of course, I'm in a white-on-white mode right now doing white embroidery on white linen-look napkins. I was just whining about not having the right kind of vases for the big roses I have right now. This would be great.

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue September 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

I really like the spray painted flower. I think the design is very subtle and it makes the project beautiful.

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