The Versatility of Bottle Vases

Whether you’re looking to add a little something different to your coffee table, decorate for the seasons, or just update your home decor, bottle vases are both versatile, creative, and inexpensive. There’s also something incredibly timeless and elegant about a bottle vase creation. They provide an element of sophistication to your house and they never go out of style.

Here are 5 favorite, unique ways to use bottle vases:

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Painted Wine Bottle Vases (See Guide to Bottle Painting DIY below!)

A fun DIY project is to paint a design, solid color, chalk paint, or even a beloved quote on a cleaned wine or other glass drinking bottle. You could paint using seasonal colors and symbols, like pastels and bunnies for the spring season, or you could paint using specific techniques, like in chevron patterns. Decorate the top of the bottle with charms, ribbon, or twine, and add a giant paper flower for the ultimate in DIY decor. And, don’t be afraid to branch out — you can use wine bottles, glass liquor bottles, or even mason jars for your painted vase.

Yarn Wine Bottle Vases

A popular trend floating around on Pinterest right now involves wrapping yarn around a wine bottle and then affixing letters or other symbols to the bottle using hot glue or a similar adhesive. You could spell out your family name, a special welcome message, or just decorate with fake flowers. You could even stick some real ones in the vase for a unique floral display.

Seaside Wine Bottle Vases — or Mason Jar Crafts!

Mason jar crafts are a favorite to give your home that rustic, warm look. Decorate the jar and add your desired flowers or combine the rustic with the ocean by turning your mason jar crafts into beachy decorations using seashells and sand. Kids, especially, will enjoy creating an underwater world using filtered water (for greater clarity) and blue food coloring. Pour into the mason jar along with miniature ocean figurines, like little sharks or mermaids, and some sand or aquarium rocks. You can also add a touch of baby oil or vegetable oil for that ocean wave look. Help your child seal the jar with fun washi tape or simple hot glue. This is a fun activity to do with your child as you make a wine bottle vase of your own! Of course, you could also turn your wine bottle into a kind of message-in-a-bottle and create your own ocean project, as well.

Wine Bottle Collage or Mosaic

This project may take a little more time, or be a little more difficult, but you have so many options with wine bottle collages. You could use Mod Podge to decorate an old wine bottle with a favorite newspaper piece, magazine cover, beautiful scrapbook paper, or a playful comic strip. You can also decorate your wine bottle with treasured photographs. One of the most gorgeous things that I’ve seen is a wine bottle mosaic vase. By gluing tiles, gems, sea glass, or charms to your bottle, you can create an elaborate design that is as eye-catching as it is fun to make.

Tied Wine Bottle Vases

Offer up a little cheer by tying with a ribbon or twine a few painted or decorated wine bottles — or just pick out a few of a friend’s favorite wine bottles and leave the labels in place! — for an unusual, personalized gift. Place a fake or real flower in each vase in colors that match the bottle to complete the look.

Bottle Vases with Unique Fillings

Instead of flowers, consider placing twigs (you can even paint them!), herbs, or other greenery inside of your bottle. You could even turn your bottle vase into a planter. Other ideas: Brightly colored or seasonally themed paper straws (such as red and green for Christmas or flamingos for summer time) or various potpourri.  

Bottle Vases: The Options are Endless!

Who knew that wine bottles could be so versatile? From simple, painted vases to elaborate underwater worlds, bottles can be used and reused for so many design projects.

The Ultimate Guide to Bottle Painting DIY

People often ask me “how did you come up with this tree in a bottle creation?” when referring to a Cheerful Spirit Creation. It all began with my interest in finding a craft hobby centered around repurposing. Glass bottle crafts were my choice. They were just too cute to pass up! And well, I had plenty of empty wine bottles to use. I started re-purposing by painting bottles and used them as vases.

I encourage you to try it out. Save a special bottle and make it your own to keep the memory! 

You can paint bottles two ways:
-paint the outside surface with Acrylic enamel paints or use spray paint
-paint the inside surface with Acrylic enamel paints

Either way you choose to paint your bottle, you will need to wash the glass bottles first.

Washing: I find the easiest way to remove the labels and glue is by filling the bottle with hot water and then placing the bottle in a pot or container filled with hot water and some dishwashing soap. After about 10 minutes the label should just peel off and you can scrub any residue with a sponge or scouring pad. Some labels are harder to get off than others. If this happens, rub the soap right on the label and place it back in the hot water or use a little more detergent or oil to help! Ok, now we can get to the fun part!…

Painting the outside surface of a bottle:

All you need is:

An empty glass bottle

Acrylic Enamel Paint or Unicorn Spit

Spray paint such as this Metallic paint by Rostoleum

A Paintbrush set



Painters Tape or Removable Stickers (to paint lines or abstract shapes, place the tape over the areas that you want to leave free of paint and remove the tape after painting)  

Optional (after paint is dry):

Wine Bottle Lights

Embellishments or small gems and a glue gun

Paint Pens (to draw on painted bottles)

  1.    Make sure the bottle is clean and dry and free of any dust or glue
  1.    To prep the bottle, lightly sand the entire bottle with sandpaper (220 grit or any sandpaper you have on hand will work) or use the sandpaper after applying tape or stencils, if using this option. Creating a little roughness will help the paint hold.
  1.    Paint the bottle! You may need to apply 2-3 coats of paint.

*If you choose to use spray paint, you can use a primer spray before painting. It might save you a coat or two, but not necessary. Make sure you spray outdoors when using spray paint.

  1.    Allow time for each coat to dry. Now you can add any embellishments and enjoy your creation!

Painting the inside of a bottle:

This method works best with clear bottles and it gives a beautiful all over glossy and glassy shine. You don't have to worry about the outside of the bottle getting any paint scratches or dirty. *Do not add water to these vases though since the paint is inside. This method is for no flowers or faux flowers only.:) 

You will need:

An empty glass clear bottle

Acrylic Enamel Paint or Unicorn Spit

Small funnel (optional)

Optional (after paint is dry):

embellishments or small gems and a glue gun

Paint Pens (to draw on painted bottles)

  1. Make sure the bottle is clean and dry (inside and out!) and free of any dust or glue.
  2. Choose a color or any variety of acrylic paint colors.
  3. If you are painting the bottle one color, pour the paint directly into the bottle and let it run down the bottle’s side. You can use a small funnel and add water if needed.
  4. Swirl or roll the bottle gently back and forth to get an even coat all over the inside of the bottle.
  5. You can create a swirly mix or marbled look by adding additional colors. Swirl the colors around until you get your desired look.
  6. Allow time to dry. Now you can add any embellishments and enjoy your creation!

I would love to see your creation! Share it on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook!

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xoxo, Jenn