DIY Wine Bottles, 4 Ways

***Update! We did end up using one of these methods for the wedding- the silver and glitter bottles! Check it out!

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So I’ve been trying to think of inexpensive DIY centerpiece ideas for the wedding. Incorporating wine bottles somehow sounded like the perfect option because they are free and there are about a billion wine bottle crafts all over pinterest.

Ironically Evan and I aren’t really wine drinkers (maybe we’ll like it when we’re all grown up), but we have lots of friends and family who were willing to save bottles for us and I’ve gathered quite the collection now!

After soaking the bottles in water to peel off the labels and then goo-gone-ing them to get off the residue, I came up with the ideas I wanted to try:

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1) My first thought was chalkboard paint. I thought being able to write table numbers or draw hearts or “E+K” on the bottles would be super cute.

2) The next idea was painting them silver using the same paint Evan used on our votives and branch. And maybe combining that with some silver glitter

3) I also thought doing a matte white could look cool and mod.

4) The last idea didn’t require sticker peeling or painting. I wanted to try doing yarn-wrapped bottles, so since my mom has a bunch of yarn she tackled these guys for me while I tried the painted bottles.

For #1, we picked up some Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint for $5 and I did 2 coats on a wine bottle and a Stella Cider (aka the best stuff ever) bottle. Super easy, super fast. And I used some chalk we had on hand to sketch some handwritten numbers. Sorry, the 4 got a little smeary when I picked it up!

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For #2, I spray painted more wine and Stella bottles silver. When they were dry, I taped off the bottom of one of them and used a foam brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. Then I sprinkled silver glitter over it before the Mod Podge dried and removed the tape. In hindsight, I think I should have applied a thicker glue layer so I could get more glitter to stick.

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For #3, I picked up some satin white spray paint because Michael’s didn’t have flat. So it wasn’t the exact sheen (or lack thereof) I was going for, but it was close enough to get an idea. Oh yeah, and I also threw a pickle jar into this mix. You know, for good measure.

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Last but not least, #4: yarn wrapped bottles. All credit for this one goes to my awesome mom! Starting at the bottom, she applied a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue to just as much of the bottle she could work on at a time. Then she’d wrap that section until she ran out of glue, applied more glue, and continued to wrap.

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Aren’t they pretty? Mom did an awesome job!

I tried grouping my three types of painted bottles together to see how that would look too. Kind of a cool eclectic look, but it might get too busy once flowers are added.

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I think bottle groupings have some real potential as wedding decor. Not sure if I want to mix them or stick with all one paint. Also debating between real flowers and coffee filter flowers (which I’m gonna do a post on soon!). And we wanna add a few extra items that would make the grouping more “us.” We’ll keep you posted on things!

3 Responses to DIY Wine Bottles, 4 Ways

  1. Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-Stairs August 28, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    These are all great. The silver bottles caught my attention for sure, though. I like the glitter effect you had going! :) So nice of your mom to make yarn-wrapped bottles for you, too. =D

    • Katelyn Shibley August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am #

      Thanks! I really love the silvers too (especially after pairing the flowers with them). Just need to glitter more of em!

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