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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
I use bottles, too. I handpaint mine. If you'll spray at least three coats of clear spray paint on them, they hold up very well. It also helps to etch the glass to make the paint adhere better.
Love the fact that you are recycling your bottles. There are some really pretty shaped bottles out there. It's a shame to just throw them away. I have friends that save bottles for me and give me boxes at a time. Sometimes I get way too many, but then I can go through and throw out the ones that aren't as pretty.
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
What a wonderful way to recycle these bottles!
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
That looks so cool. I love the colors in it. The shape of the vase is cool, too.
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.
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 and sizes: coffee jars, syrup bottles, ice cream topping jars, perfume bottles, etc. The fancier, the better.
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I have never painted a clear glass bottle and recently bought one that is so beautiful and is painted a soft pastel frosted look on the outside. How do I do this and what type of paint do I buy?
Go to any craft store such as Hobby Lobby, Joann's etc. They should have paint for glass and be able to tell you how to use it.
If you got to the store they will give a paint that will be for painting for the glass.
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By Orquidea from Porto, Portugal