Decorating a Glass Bottle with Metallic Pens

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August 13, 2017

Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - sand filled bottle with new cork stopperI used to have a set of three square bottles that I could fill with sauces when inviting guests over for dinner. Unfortunately, two of the bottles broke and for the remaining bottle, the cork got lost. I love the shape of the bottle, so I decided to use metal pens and colored sand to upcycle the bottle into a beautiful décor item for a window sill.


Total Time: 30 minutes (drying time included)

Yield: one decorative bottle


  • empty clear square glass bottle
  • white and colored craft sand
  • cork from wine bottle
  • Giotto décor opaque metal pens: magenta; blue; gold and bronze
  • quick-drying clear spray varnish
  • sharp knife


  1. Wash the bottle and allow to dry upside down overnight.
  2. Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - wash and allow bottle to dry
  3. Use the magenta and blue pens to draw spirals and squiggles on all four sides of the bottle. Alternate the colors ~ what you do on the one side in magenta, do on the next side in blue.
  4. Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - draw magenta and blue squiggles on sides
    Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - alternate colors for decoration
  5. Use the gold and bronze to add stripes and dots to fill the empty spaces around and between the squiggles and spirals.
  6. Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - use gold and bronze to add stripes and dots to fill empty spaces

  7. Color the top lip and neck of the bottle with the gold pen.
  8. Metal Pen Decorated Bottle - color the neck and top lip with the gold pen
  9. Spray the bottle with a coat of varnish and allow to dry.
  10. Fill the bottle with different layers of white and colored sand.
  11. Use the knife to cut the cork to size and close the bottle with the cork.
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