Recycled and Decoupaged Asian Style Wine Bottle Paper Craft

Five empty glass wine bottles
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  • 01 of 05

    Don't Throw It Away!

    Decoupaged blue and white wine bottles
    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. What an inexpensive way to make Asian style decor that looks elegant.

    This beautiful Asian styled 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! You can download the clip art I provide and make your glass bottle vase like mine or incorporate your own designs or clip art into the project. So find those empty bottles that are all over your house and get crafting!

    *A quick 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.


    Supplies Needed:

    • One leftover wine bottle.
    • Zinsser oil based primer spray (optional).
    • White paint.
    • Painting respirator.
    • Decoupage Asian style printables.
    • Sponge brush.
    • Leftover cardboard or plastic to use as a drop cloth.
    • Decoupage medium.
    • Clear acrylic  craft spray.
    • Scissors.
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  • 02 of 05

    Remove the Wine Labels From Bottles With Soap and Water

    painted and unpainted wine bottles
    Rita Shehan
    1. 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.
    2. Wash the bottle with liquid dishwashing soap to remove any leftover glue and paper label bits. Allow the washed bottle to dry thoroughly, before proceeding onto the next steps.
    3. Place the bottle on some extra cardboard or on a plastic drop cloth outside
    4. 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.
    5. Let the painted wine bottle dry for at least an hour.
    6. 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.
    7. The bottle should be dry to touch within two hours, and cured within 24 hours.

    Note: 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.

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  • 03 of 05

    Download and Print Your Floral Clip Art Patterns

    decoupage chinese floral prints
    Rita Shehan
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Print the artwork on a laser printer; Inkjet print will smear when applying the cutouts to the bottle with mod podge.
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  • 04 of 05

    Cut Out Your Art With a Scissors or Craft Knife

    Chinese flower decoupage silhouette
    Rita Shehan
    1.  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.
    2. Decide where you want to place glue the cut artwork or clipart onto the bottle.
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  • 05 of 05

    Spread Decoupage Medium Over Your Art With a Foam Brush

    decoupage wine bottle
    Rita Shehan
    1. Brush decoupage medium over the cut artwork, and place on the desired area of the recycled wine bottle.
    2. Use your fingers to spread the paper floral clip art and smooth with your fingers getting rid of any air bubbles.
    3.  Allow the bottle to dry, and then apply another layer of decoupage medium.
    4.  Allow the bottle to dry for at least 24 hours, and then spray with acrylic craft sealer
    5. 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!