We love the challenge of working with objects that would usually go into the wastebasket. Many of us find it quite satisfying discovering a new purpose for things that others would consider garbage. It is fun turning trash into treasure! Recycling a glass wine bottle into a vase is a wonderful and clever way to make a decorative item for our homes while being kind to the earth at the same time.
This beautiful Asian-style vase is easy to make but does take some time. There is a long drying period between each of the steps. The results are well worth the wait! So find those empty bottles that are all over your house and get crafting!
If you are planning to use your artwork or clipart make sure to stay with the dark blue and white color theme. This combination produces stunning results.
Equipment / Tools
- Sponge brush
- Painting respirator
- Leftover wine bottle
- White paint
- Decoupage Asian-inspired printables
- Leftover cardboard or plastic to use as a drop cloth
- Zinsser oil based primer spray (optional)
- Decoupage medium
- Clear acrylic craft spray
Remove the Wine Labels From Bottles With Soap and Water
Soak the wine bottles in soapy water until the labels are soft. You will then be able to gently peel off and remove the paper label. Wash the bottle with liquid dishwashing soap to remove any leftover glue and paper label bits. Then allow the washed bottle to dry thoroughly, before proceeding onto the next steps.
Paint Primer Onto the Bottles
Place the bottle on some extra cardboard or on a plastic drop cloth outside
Spray the bottle with Zinnser Spray Primer. A spray primer is only necessary if you are using spray paint that is not formulated to adhere to glossy surfaces. Skip the primer if your paint is formulated for glass surfaces.
Let the painted wine bottle dry for at least an hour.
Make sure to use spray paint and primer in a well-ventilated area. It is preferable to do all of your spray painting outside. Wear a paint respirator for extra precaution when using chemical spray products.
Spray Paint the Bottles
Paint the bottle with one coat of white paint. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour and then paint on another coat. Make sure to use light paint coats to avoid paint drips.
The bottle should be dry to touch within two hours, and cured within 24 hours.
Download and Print Your Floral Clip Art Patterns
Download the PDF download page of floral printables. The artwork is part of the Photoshop brush collection called Stylized Flower and is available for personal and commercial use.
Print the artwork on a laser printer; Inkjet print will smear when applying the cutouts to the bottle with mod podge.
Cut Out Your Art With a Scissors or Craft Knife
Cut the artwork with scissors designed for precision cutting. The scissors should have a smaller blade, and fit your hand well, enabling you to make minor cuts with accuracy. You can also use a craft knife if you wish.
Decide where you want to glue the cut artwork or clipart onto the bottle.
Spread Decoupage Medium Over Your Art With a Foam Brush
Brush decoupage medium over the cut artwork, and place on the desired area of the recycled wine bottle. Use your fingers to spread the paper floral clip art and smooth with your fingers getting rid of any air bubbles.
Allow the bottle to dry, and then apply another layer of decoupage medium. Allow the bottle to dry for at least 24 hours, and then spray with acrylic craft sealer
The bottle is now a beautifully finished vase that can be filled with flowers.
This vase is to be used strictly for decorative purposes. Do not immerse it in water. Wipe with a damp cloth and dust the vase regularly to help keep it clean.