If you are a wine connoisseur you may have many wine bottles that make their way to the local recycling plant from month to month. (If you don't drink wine, you may know someone who does. You could always ask them to donate their empty bottles to you for this craft.)
I'd love to show you a way to re-use these beautiful pieces of glass to make elegant centerpieces for parties or just great home decor.
The first step to this craft is soaking your wine bottles. I have found that is the easiest way to remove the labels. I usually let mine sick for 30 minutes or so and then begin to pull off the labels.
Once the labels are completely off the bottle, I use a pair of scissors to snip off the top foil and then use rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the bottle.
Gather your paint colors. For this tutorial I am using Robins Egg, 1950's Green, Limestone and a Metallic Gold Glaze. I like using a trash bag on my counter to protect my work area.
I am starting with the lightest color, Limestone. Load the end of your bristles with paint and lightly dab a little off into a rag. You want to dab light coats on the bottle to layer all of the colors.
Work around the bottle dabbing and pouncing to add color throughout. Make sure to add to the bottom of the bottle and the top of the neck for good coverage.
The bottle I am using for this tutorial is green so you can see a bit of that color through the paint. I don't like to completely cover the bottle up and I like to let a little of the original color peek through. Allow this first layer to dry and then begin to add your second color.
My second color is usually the darkest of the 3 colors. If you load up too much paint on your paintbrush, use your rag or your trash bag to dab a little off of your brush before dabbing the product onto the wine bottle. The second color I am using is 1950's Green.
Work your way around the bottle layering your second color onto the surface. Allow this layer to dry before beginning the 3rd and final layer.
For the 3rd color I like to use a color to blend the light and dark together. I am using Robin's Egg for this tutorial.
Once all 3 layers are dry, I use a glaze, glitter spray, wax or spray sealer to seal the bottle. After allowing the sealant to dry you can add optional accessories such as flowers or twine to top off the bottles look.
At this point they are ready to use. You could keep them as is or apply a vinyl decal to personalize and give as a gift.
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