Decoupaged Wine Bottle Inspired by Blue and White Porcelain

Blue and white decoupage wine bottle

The Spruce / Rita Shehan

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!

Tip

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.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Sponge brush
  • Painting respirator
  • Scissors

Materials

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

    painted and unpainted wine bottles
    Rita Shehan
  2. 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.

    Warning

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    If you like the Asian style floral clip art, you can download the Photoshop brushes. If you wish to use the modified printables that we offer, you can download them from Dropbox.

    Print the artwork on a laser printer; Inkjet print will smear when applying the cutouts to the bottle with mod podge.

    decoupage chinese floral prints
    Rita Shehan
  5. 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.

    Chinese flower decoupage silhouette
    Rita Shehan
  6. 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.

    decoupage wine bottle
    Rita Shehan

    Warning

    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.

    Decoupaged blue and white wine bottles
    Rita Shehan