DIY Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase

Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - finished vase
A recycled wine bottle, printed black and white images of roses, and homemade Mod Podge, plus a few other crafts supplies you may already have are used to create this lovely upcycled antique rose vase. The instructions and supplies list are available on this page.

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May 11, 2018

Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - finished vaseI am in the process of changing my décor in my house, adding a few new accents here and there. I do not have the finances to spend on overpriced store bought items, so I am recycling trash into treasure.

With this project, the challenge was to use only materials that I already had available. As I had no Modge Podge left, I found a recipe for homemade Modge Podge online (1 cup of woodworking glue and 1/3 cup of water mixed together). I also printed photos from ~ these photos are free for personal and even for commercial use. I also used edible dusting powder that was part of the baking accessories I was gifted with last year.

In the end, the project required time, without having to spend any additional money. Yeah!


Total Time: weekend project, drying time included

Yield: one bottle vase


  • eight black-and-white images of roses, printed on a single sheet of A4 printer paper
  • empty clear glass wine bottle
  • toilet paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Hard as Nails water-based varnish
  • Rolkem dusting powder: black and luster silver
  • black and gray oil pastels
  • thick paintbrush
  • thin paintbrush
  • standard scissors


  1. Wash the bottle and allow to dry upside down overnight. If necessary, use mineral turpentine to remove any glue residue from where the label was stuck.
  2. Cut out all eight printed roses.
  3. Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - printed roses
    Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - roses cut out
  4. Use the thick paintbrush and paint a substantial amount of Modge Podge on to the back of the first rose. Position the rose on the bottle and paint some Modge Podge over the top of the rose too, so that it will stick to the bottle. Use your finger to lightly rub out any air bubbles. Do the same with the other 7 roses, adding them around the bottle, but staying below the shoulder of the bottle. Then, paint a layer of Modge Podge over the whole bottle and allow to dry for a few hours.
  5. Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - apply Modge Podge to back of each rose in turn, stick to bottle apply more Mod Podge over rose and use finger to press out bubbles

  6. Cut the toilet paper in strips. Roll each strip between your fingers and then use Modge Podge to glue it to the bottle. Glue strips all around the neck, finish, and collar of the bottle to add lovely texture to your project. Allow to dry for a few hours.
  7. Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - length of toilet paper
    Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - twist paper
    Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - using Modge Podge wrap TP around the top, neck and just below the neck, allow to dry
  8. Use the gray and black oil pastels to color the toilet paper strips.
  9. Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - color the TP with the black and grey oil pastels
  10. Use the fine paintbrush to brush black and luster silver dusting powder over some random areas of the bottle. This will give the bottle an antique, smoky look.
  11. Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - brush on black and silver dusting powder randomly on the bottle, apply a coat of Hard as Nails and allow to dry

  12. Apply one coat of Hard as Nails varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.
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