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Here is how I made a vase by recycling an empty bottle:
I sponged painted a vodka bottle with white acrylic paint and let dry completely. Then found a fake tattoo I liked and rubbed it on bottle. I put polyurethane on it to seal it. To finish it off, I put flowers in it for an instant vase.
I also use stickers, paints, anything that can and will stick to the bottle. Right now i am working on putting beads on one.
Source: Having picked up a ton of bottles from dirt path.
By Moonseekerjade from Onset, MA
With the holidays coming up, many people will be celebrating with wine and champagne. Or, if you're like me, sparkling cider. Save those bottles. These bottles can be used for numerous things, or just look nice as decorations. The tops are "after Christmas clearance replacement bulbs."
Base coat bottle and light bulb with white or light-colored glass paint. Let dry overnight.
Paint bottle and light bulb with your color of choice for background. Let dry overnight. You may need several coats to totally cover.
Paint your design on according to your preferences. Let dry.
Glue round piece of felt on bottom of the bottle. Spray with clear spray paint. Let dry.
Spray light bulb with clear spray paint. Let dry.
Wrap electrical tape around base of light bulb until you form a snug fit into the top of the bottle.
Wrap twisted wire or ribbon around the neck of the bottle if you so desire. You can also add beads for a more festive accent.
You can fill these with hand soap, bubble bath, oil and vinegar, fruit juice, etc.
By Artlady from Edmond, OK
This cute craft uses watered-down paint to create a dripping pattern. Depending on the colors you choose, the results can look like marble, tie-dye, dripping paint and much more. Great as a gift itself, or filled with bath salts/oils or other non-food items.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes without drying time
Notes On Paint
How you want to mix the paint is entirely up to you. I usually mix a tiny bit less than 2/3 paint with a tiny bit more than 1/3 water. You want the paint to be watery enough to drip, but not so watery that it loses color or drips right off the jar. Some paint will drip off, and you definitely need to do this project on a layer of newspapers and garbage bags. But your aim is to make most of the dots drip down, but not completely off, the jar.
To make the same exact jar I made, you will have to apply the colors as follows:
By Aysha from Boise, ID
When I wanted to paint some glass for a gift to a friend, but didn't have any money, I discovered that acrylic paint and varnish work pretty well. Here is the craft for painting dotted spirals on a jar and filling it with bath salts as a gift.
Approximate Time: 10-20 minutes
Move down the jar and in the empty space paint red dots in a spiral down the jar. Let paint dry completely.
Cover the outside of the jar in a light, even layer of the varnish and let dry completely. You can add a second layer for extra protection if desired.
Use a funnel or twisted paper to pour the bath salts into the jar. Close jar. Add any bows or other embellishments you need and you're done.
You cannot put this in a dishwasher or soapy sink and such, it's still delicate. The design will eventually wear off the glass. You can clean in gently with a damp cloth, but if you scrub it, the paint will come off. If you use the item in your everyday life it will wear away faster than if it's just a decoration on the shelf.
You can use the technique on almost any decorative glass, just don't put it in the dishwasher, oven, and so on.
By Aysha from Boise, Idaho
Have you ever priced any of those colored bottles that are popular? Why pay those prices? Make your own! My grandmother used to make her own. She'd collect bottles of all shapes & sizes: coffee jars, syrup bottles, ice cream topping jars, perfume bottles, etc. The fancier, the better. She'd not only spray paint them, but also put on a glaze so the paint had texture and swirls.
With some of the bottles that were close in size, she'd stand them on top of each other, gluing them together as she went, making towers. Ending with a fancy shaped bottle on top. Then they were put in a safe spot to let the glue dry. Then she would spray paint the jar towers and let them dry overnight. These jar towers were really decorative in her windows with the sunshine beaming through. Really nice looking!
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