01 of 05
Don't Throw It Away!
We love the challenge of working with objects that would usually go into the waste basket. 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.
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02 of 05
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 left over glue and paper label bits. Allow the washed bottle to dry thoroughly, before proceeding onto the next steps.
- 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 a 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.
- 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.
*A word of caution. 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.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
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 and want to download the Photoshop brushes, you can find them here. If you wish to use the modified printables that I offer for download you can find them here.
- 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
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- 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 place glue the cut artwork or clipart onto the bottle.
05 of 05
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!