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Upcycled Painted Glass Bottle Vase

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Oh, upcylcling jars and bottles! I should probably just claim that as a favorite hobby instead of “crafting.” As I’ve shared repeatedly, I have a very hard time tossing out perfectly nice glass jars and bottles. It seems like such a waste! I recently got some lemonade on sale and the bottle was so nice I knew I had to keep it! With lovely textures around the neck, it was a prime candidate for painting so I turned it into this upcycled painted glass bottle vase!

I, of course, went with a beachy theme for my glass bottle vase, but it would be so easy to take things in a different direction. This project would be so sweet with twine, lace, and paper flowers like these:

Materials for an upcycled painted glass bottle vase

  • A glass bottle or jar
  • Paint! I used chalk paint, but you can absolutely paint class with acrylic craft paint. For more details, please visit this post
  • A foam brush
  • A scrap of plastic wrap
  • Something to protect your work surface (wax paper, parchment paper, or a crafting mat)
  • Decorative items – I used 1/8″ cotton rope, a starfish, and a glass pearl
  • Hot glue gun – I highly recommend high temp gun because it holds more securely and lasts longer
  • A scrap of sandpaper (totally optional)

How to make an upcycled painted glass bottle vase

First, remove the bottle’s label and clean any sticky residue. Goo Gone and/or a razor blade can really help with stubborn adhesive spots! If you use an oil-based product, make sure to wash the bottle with soap and hot water to remove any oily residue or the paint won’t adhere well. Allow the bottle to dry completely before you begin painting.

Protect your work surface and grab your paint! I used Cece Caldwell’s chalk paint, but acrylic craft paints can work, too. If you want to use craft paints, I recommend you check out this post that shows you how to make the paint adhere better. I personally like and use Cece Caldwell’s chalk paint because it’s a nice product and you can get sample sizes that allow you to experiment with chalk paint without breaking the bank. (This totally isn’t sponsored or an affiliate link or anything! I just really like the paint.)

Apply a thin, even coat of paint to the bottle. Don’t worry about the bottom yet – it’s easy to flip it over later and then paint the bottom! I’ve found it’s way easier to apply multiple thin coats than to try a couple of thick ones. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats or you may bump paint off when you try to add more! Bonus tip: wrap your brush in plastic wrap between coats to avoid having to wash it constantly!

After the bottle is painted to your satisfaction (and dry!), flip it over and paint the bottom. You can skip this if you’d like, but I prefer to have at least one or two coats on the bottom.

Allow the bottle to dry completely, preferably overnight.

If you’d like, buff away some paint, especially on raised areas, with a scrap of sandpaper for a more cottage chic or weathered beachy look.

Get your decorating supplies ready! I measured out enough rope to wrap the bottom three times:

Then glued in in place with dabs of high-temp hot glue.

Next I tied another length of rope around the bottle’s neck. I created super simple tassels by tying a basic knot a couple on each of the rope’s ends:

Then I simply unraveled the rope! You can see this method in more detail on my recent easy belt tutorial.

Finally, I attached a glass pearl to a starfish and secured it on top of the rope’s main knot:

These are just a few decoration suggestions to get your creative juices flowing – decorate your bottle however you’d like!

I know I’ve shared a lot of vase and painted jar tutorials, but this is one of my favorites to date. It’s so sweet, simple, and easy to customize. Plus it’s cute with or without flowers!

What have you upcycled lately?

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  • Edi March 27, 2017, 10:17

    What a great project! And that bottle is just too cute to put in the recycle bin. Love the “patchwork” top and how the paint and a little bit of sanding really bring it out!

    • Natashalh March 27, 2017, 12:09

      Thank you! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks this bottle is too cute to get rid of! I could get five cents for it at the recycling center (we have a deposit), but it would cost several dollars to buy a bottle at the craft store.

  • Pamela Baker March 27, 2017, 08:13

    Great idea~ Can’t wait to start painting some decorative bottles for some Spring flowers.

    Sarah – if you soak the bottle with the label in very hot water is will easily peel off.
    Thanks Natasha for sharing this great idea!

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