DIY Upcycling Wine Bottles for Decor

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As you all know, I love doing DIY projects. Now that I’m in my new place, I can do as many as I want. I used to have to give all my projects away or toss them out when I moved all over.

Being a wine drinker makes doing DIY projects much easier. There are so many things you can do with old wine bottles. So instead of tossing them out, up cycle them. Emilee and I have been trying to figure out what to do for the giant space above our fireplace, so I had an idea. We are going with the black and gold theme for our place. After we get our mantel built, we are going to place the up cycled wine bottles on the mantel with lights. I am going to paint a giant canvas to go above the display. I’m still deciding on what to paint.

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About three years ago, Niki and I threw a winter wonderland party in Iowa City. If you’ve been a long time reader, you probably remember. One of the projects we did involved frosting the bottles. We spray painted them, and then sprinkled a glittery frost on the outside. That’s where I came up with the idea for our fireplace.

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For now, I have the bottles in my bedroom sitting on the ledge. I can’t wait to get the mantel up. I’m excited to see what it’ll look like. These bottles would be a great center piece for a party, a table, or outside during the holidays with lights. You could use your team colors and put them out during a football party.

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This project was by far the easiest DIY I’ve ever done. It’s really cheap too, because you don’t need very many supplies.

All you need is wine bottles, spray paint, glitter, and paint. You can get creative and decorate them anyway you’d like. Add jewels, letters, stickers, or flowers.

-I let the water bottles soak in a sink filled with hot water and 3 tbsps of baking soda until the labels were soft.

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I used a spreading knife to scrape off the labels. A scraping knife is better than a regular knife because it won’t scratch the glass. If you have a hard time removing all of the labels, just use GOO BE GONE or soak them longer.

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After all the labels are removed, set the bottles out to dry.

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When they’re dry, take the bottles outside to spray paint.

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When you’re spray painting, start from the bottom. You’ll want a little transparent coat at the top and thicker at the bottom.

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The spray paint dries extremely fast, so you won’t want to wait to add the sparkles. If it dries, just do a quick spray paint shot and add the sparkles.

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If you spray paint over the sparkles, it gives the bottles a rocky texture which is really cool too.

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I used a couple different shades of gold paint and gold sparkles. Some of the bottles I left without sparkles or it would have been overkill.

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My next batch of bottles I am going to do are going to be black.

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If you aren’t good with a paint brush, you can use a black sharpie. I used black paint to add a couple of designs to the bottles to make them pop.

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I added black sparkles on top of the black paint to take away the dullness.

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If I could add sparkles to everything in life, I would. Gold too.

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The bottles are going to look amazing when I get them set up! For now, I’ll just keep staring at them from the window.

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In the fall, I like to make wreaths and collect outdoor plants for them. I think it would be cool to add some of those outdoor plants to the bottles to give them a fall look.

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Do you have any awesome DIY projects you’ve done with some of your up cycling items?

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Comments

  • Lindsay

    I was just wondering what I could make with my leftover gold spray paint.
    This is perfect and so simple! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Vicky

    To take the labels off bottles (or candles even) freeze them over night and it’s so much easier to peel off. No knife needed or soaking in warm water necessary.
    Love this idea though 😀

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  • Shelley

    Does the glitter stay put or does it kind of sprinkle off over time? I love me some glitter, but let’s face it, glitter is the whore of craft supplies.

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  • Shelley

    This is such a cute idea! I’ve seen it done with mason jars before too!

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  • Paije

    I’m a pintrest fanatic and love their DIY crafts!! I just recently made a picture holder with wine corks I’ve collected this past year. I glued the corks onto a ruler with hot glue and it turned out amazing! Can’t wait to hang it up:)

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  • Kayla

    We are so alike! I love DIY and crafting and have made many wreaths in my day! The wine bottles turned out cute. I have been loving anything made with naturals so this past week I wrapped some things with Jute!

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  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    While DIYs are fuN, I simply don’t have the time for it!

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  • Molly

    I love these! I can never decide what to do with my wine bottles, so they just sit on my shelf waiting for some kind of inspiration. I would love to make some up for Halloween, they’d go great with my current project. I save toilet paper and paper towel rolls and with a lot of hot glue, a counter weight in the bottom and some paint, you can make really cool (fake) candles! I have very curious cats so flame-less candles are a must have, plus they look really cool when you finish :] and you can just change paint color for different holidays.

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  • Kelli G

    I did this exact same thing for my wedding back in May. Made beautiful centerpieces 🙂 Received lots of compliments!

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  • Katie

    Soo cute! I’m in the process of saving some funky ones to put tealights in for the holidays. There are tutorials to cut the bottom of a wine bottle off using yarn, nailpolish remover, and a lighter (and for me – assistance and fire extinguisher.)

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  • Jessica

    I am definitely going to save my wine bottles and do this 🙂 Thanks for the post!!

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