Trash to Treasure: How to Make Decorative Farmhouse Bottles

The new year has been treating me well so far. New goals and ambitions aplenty. I’ve been trying to make my resolutions small but attainable goals. I’m planning on reevaluating my goals after a few months to see if I need to lower them, or if I’ve been doing them no problem and make them more challenging. One of my goals is doing one thing a week to beautify my house. Week one was redoing some caulking (which in and of itself I need to fix ’cause I did a pretty poor job, haha). This week my goal is a much smaller one, making some cute decorations to match my aesthetic. Now, any of you that follow me on Pinterest might notice I have a board called “Aesthetic”, it’s full of beautiful rustic/farmhouse rooms. One thing that many of those rooms have in common, is that they re-purpose old stuff to make it new. What a great way to reuse things! So this week I’m going to tell you about how I’ve been made decorative glass bottles.

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This project is great because it’s so simple. It doesn’t take much time at all! It’s tasteful, elegant and could be used in any room in your house. You could decorate a nursery with it, or even give it as a gift.

I am a big fan of white and gold. Those two colours seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. I am especially keen on matte/flat white. Something about the lack of sheen is just so appealing to me. Plus, pairing it with a metallic makes the metallic pop even more! In this project, I’m using spray paint, but you could just as easily use chalk paint or a different canned paint of your choice.

Supplies:

Your choice of paint
Empty glass bottle (Wine bottles are great for this)
(optional) Pencil
(optional) Paper
(optional) Scissors
(optional) Stencil
(optional) Metallic Pen
(optional) Small Paint Brush for designs

First things first, you need an area to paint in that won’t mess up your house or yard. If it’s a windy day and you’re using spray paint, you might be in for a bad time. You could paint your bottles inside of a large cardboard box, or over top of newspapers or a drop cloth, to keep things from getting too messy.

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If you have a dowel or something else you can have the bottle(s) upside down on, it makes it easier. If not, you’ll just have to take another pass once it’s dry and flip it over to cover the bottle completely. And honestly, once it’s dry you can call it a day. Or if you’re like me, you can do a little bit more to add more character.

Ways to Add Character:

– wrap rope around it
– wrap burlap around the centre
– write words on it
– draw images on it
– leave a portion transparent in a shape (could even put a photo or other image in the bottle that can be seen through the transparency)
– distress it

For mine, I added a white heart to the gold bottle and wrote ‘Love’ in gold on the white bottle. This way my bottles compliment each other. If you choose to go the same route as me, you should sketch out your lettering on paper before committing to it. After you’ve decided on lettering that you like, sketch it out on the bottle and trace over it with your marker or paintbrush. And just like that, the typographic decorative bottle is done.

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For the one with an image (in my case the heart), you could either freehand it or make a stencil (or use a stencil you’ve found, ain’t no shame in it!). I used paper for my stencil, but wax or parchment paper might be better. Once you’ve got the stencil in place, paint in the desired area and allow the paint to dry a bit but not all the way before removing the stencil.

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I could go into more detail for the other ways to do this, but hey, I think I might be able to make another few posts out of this one if I don’t. Hahaha!

Do you guys plan on making this or have you made something else similar? Do you have other ideas on ways to reuse glass bottles? Or if you have anything you’d like me to attempt a tutorial at, please let me know