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My friend recently had a birthday party. She decided to have all her friends and family do a craft to celebrate. We decorated these beautiful painted wine bottles. Each one turned out different and we all had a great time.
My friend collected wine bottles and painted them prior to the event. A few smaller beer bottles were also painted. She didn't use any special kind of glass paint, just regular cans of spray paint. They turned out beautiful, so glossy and bright.
Next, we used Mod Podge or hot glue to adhere whatever decorations we like. My friend had feathers, ribbons, beads, silver charms, twine, stickers, and a bunch more crafting supplies. We finished them off with artificial flowers or gold leaves.
One of my friends came prepared with artificial grape vines and wooden letters to spell out "love." Her bottles turned out beautifully and will be a fun decorative addition in her home.
These bottles would be a good craft for teens or tweens, or for a ladies' wine party. Any smooth glass bottle would work, or you could even leave them clear. You can get cheap craft supplies at dollar stores or on clearance.
Save all your clear wine bottles after use. Rinse them out and clean the labels off. After you have collected about 5-10 of them, fill them with water and add food coloring of your choice. Line them up on a buffet table or fireplace mantle, light some tea light candles in glass cups, and place behind the bottles. In an instant you will have an elegant glass sculpture or centerpiece for your dinner party.
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I would like ideas on wine bottle decorations.
Tammy from Nederland, TX
I simply add rocks to the bottles with glue (from a craft store) and they look stunning!
I have read on here that it is really hard to cut glass bottles and have them turn out ok, so my idea is to use the whole bottle.
I once visited a vineyard that used them to create a stain glass look to a large window area. Granted they had tons of space, and tons of bottles, all different colors, and yet I can not think of any reason it couldn't be dupped in miniature.
The end product could be affixed to a window, to catch light, or a wall you painted in bright white to show off the color of the glass. Kind of like a giant "shadow box".
Build a frame using wood to hold the bottles when they are laid to stack on their sides. It should be measured out according to the size of bottles you're using and leave about an inch of the bottom of the bottle in sight. So what, about 8 or 10" deep, and wide/tall enough to fit the bottles without leaving any gaps.
They did a large octagon, and stacked the bottles on their sides inside the frame. They had loads of bottles and loads of space, because they repeated the stacking in two layers so that from each side all you saw were the bottoms of the bottles. For a smaller unit, one row would do it, and I would point the top part in, so as to see the bottom sides. The end effect looked like a large "grapes cluster" because they used green, yellow and clear bottles.
My kitchen has a window that sits over a floorboard heater vent. I cover it with shutters/curtains to keep down the view of the neighbors. I have often thought to finish out this area with a shelving unit that covers the window in this type of sculpture/shadow box. It would make a great convo piece and give me some needed shelving space!
P.S. This beautiful piece can be seen at The Meremac Vineyard in St. James Missouri, and I recommend the New World Red!
THE BEADED BOTTLE
If you are needing some tips on what to use to deco the bottle itself, for like gift giving and such????
A few beads and bead wire and imagination is all it takes to really turn it out.
Another really cool trick is to take the wine bottle and fit it into a knee high panty hose. !!Don't forget to make a gift tag stating what kind of wine you are giving!!
Cinch the top of the hosery to the bottle with a good rubberband. You can leave some of the bottle exposed or none at all.
Take an acrylic paint of your choice and go to town!
Painting the panty hose creates a leather like effect.
Finish off the top with a handmade card telling them what kind of wine is inside, and tie whatever floats your boat around the neck to cover the rubberbanded area. I use feather boas, small grape clusters, coins, candy, anything!
How do I fuse glass "gems" (the glass pieces bought at craft centers that look like squished marbles) onto a glass wine bottle without using a kiln?
I don't think you can fuse them without a kiln, you can glue them though. Goop is one really good glue for this sort of thing.
I agree with thriftyvicki that to truly fuse them, you'd need a kiln. An adhesive I'd recommend is E6000. That's some stout stuff! If you do a quick internet search, you should be able to find images so you know what you're looking for. It should be readily available at craft stores.
Recycle empty glass bottles into these cute Jack-'o-Lantern decorations for the season. Get started with the craft project found below.