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Decoupaging a Glass Bottle


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September 3, 2011

Last year, I received a bottle of bath salts for my birthday. After I had luxuriated in the last of the bath salts, I decided to recycle the bottle. I wanted to fill it up with bath salts again, and by using decoupage techniques, turn it into a special gift for a colleague's birthday.

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Wash the bottle in warm soapy water and then leave it upside down overnight to dry thoroughly.
  2. Cut strips from the handmade green paper.
  3. tall square botle wrapped in olive green paper
     

  4. With the 10/32 inch brush, paint a substantial amount of Deco Art glue to the back of the first strip of green paper. Turn the strip of paper around and put it in position on the bottle, but do not press it down.
  5. With the brush, spread glue to the front of the strip of paper, lightly applying pressure so that it will stick to the bottle.
  6. Working from the middle of the strip of paper, and from inside towards the outside, rub out all the air bubbles and excess glue from the back of the strip of paper. Use an old cloth to clear any excess glue from the bottle.
  7. Repeat steps 3-5 with the other strips of paper, until the bottle has been covered with the green paper.
  8. Use the hairdryer to dry the strips of paper thoroughly, be careful not to use the highest heat setting on the hairdryer, as the bottle might become too hot to handle.
  9. paper with colorful cosmos all over it, green background, white, pink, red, purple flowers
     

  10. Cut out the flowers and decide how they will be arranged around the bottle.
  11. With the 10/32 inch brush, paint a substantial amount of Deco Art Glue to the back of the first flower. Turn the flower around and put it in position on the bottle, but do not press it down.

  12. With the brush, spread glue to the front of the flower, lightly applying pressure so that it will stick to the bottle.
  13. Working from the middle of the picture, and from inside towards the outside, rub out all the air bubbles and excess glue from the back of the flower.
  14. Use an old cloth to clear any excess glue from the bottle.
  15. one side of bath salt bottle with flowers applied to green paper wrapped around it
     

  16. Repeat steps 9-11 with the other flowers.
  17. second side of bath salt bottle with flowers applied to green paper wrapped around it
     

  18. Use the hairdryer to dry the flowers thoroughly, again not using the highest heat setting on the hairdryer.
  19. third side of bath salt bottle with flowers applied to green paper wrapped around it
     

  20. With the 10/32 inch brush, paint a thin layer of Modge Podge over the bottle. Remember to paint only over the green paper cover and over the flowers. The Modge Podge will protect the pictures and give the product a smoother finish.
  21. Dry the bottle thoroughly with a hairdryer.
  22. Repeat steps 14-15, you need to apply at least 3 coats of Modge Podge, but remember that with every layer, the direction in which the Modge Podge is applied, must be changed from horizontal, to vertical, to horizontal, etc. Also, remember that after every layer of Modge Podge, the bottle must first be dried thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  23. close up of bath salt bottle showing salts and oive paper wrapped around the bottle, white flower on right side gold dots along top edge of paper
     

  24. Using the fine paintbrush and the Old Gold acrylic paint, paint a border pattern around the top of green cover. Make small dots, ensuring that the dots are equally distanced from each other. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  25. With the 10/32 inch brush, add a layer of water-based varnish to the bottle, again only painting over the paper and flowers. Use the hairdryer to dry the bottle thoroughly.
  26. close up of corked and sealed bottle top
     

  27. Fill the bottle with the bath salts and cork it.
  28. close up of raffia bow around top edge of sealed bath salt bottle
     

  29. Optional: Using a low heat setting, melt some candle wax in a small pot on the stove. Use an old brush and paint the melted wax over the cork and top of the bottle to seal the bottle. Tie raffia and the small wooden scoop around the neck of the bottle.
bath salt bottle wrapped in floral paper sealed with a cork top edge wrapped in tied raffia with a tag
 

By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng

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July 28, 2019

I have just done some decoupage on a wine bottle, and wanted to check whether it is possible to store liquid inside? In order to do it, I have used the PVA glue on the outside.


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July 29, 20191 found this helpful

If the inside is untouched it should be fine.

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July 29, 20191 found this helpful

This is me, but I would not put anything into the bottles.

Even if you cleaned and disinfected them before decoupaging, it is possible they got contaminated while you were crafting.

When they are empty there is not going to be a good way to clean and disinfect without risk of hurting your handiwork. If you filled the bottle with hot water to clean, it is possible that could affect your decoupage.

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Best to use them for pretty decorations only! That is just me!! Decoupage is so much work, I would hate to see it ruined.

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April 26, 2020

How do I clean a glass bottle before Mod podge with out using rubbing alcohol? None of the stores have any.


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April 26, 20200 found this helpful

The best way to do this is with a clean cloth and some fingernail polish remover. Clean the outside of the bottle using the fingernail polish remover and wipe off all the oils, fingerprints, and what every else is on the outside of the bottle.

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Now it is possible to apply your paint or a layer of glue to the bottle.

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April 26, 20200 found this helpful

Salt and vinegar might be helpful. www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/.../

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April 29, 20200 found this helpful

I would just acetone, nail polish remover, or paint thinner. Possibly alcohol.

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