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DIY Painted Wine Bottles: How to Upcycle Trash Into Art in Five Minutes

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My name is Sadie and I am a DIY-er, cook, craft artisan, the starter of many projects, and the finisher of some.

Finished wine bottles that were painted in minutes.

Finished wine bottles that were painted in minutes.

I love being able to upcycle items and use them in my craft projects. This project uses wine bottles that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. You can use this method on any type of bottle or glass container. The crafting possibilities are endless!

DIY Painted Wine Bottles

Painted wine bottles can be used for so many crafts and home decor projects! Today I’m going to show you how to turn a plain wine bottle into a painted piece that you can use in your next project. Whether you're wanting to update a space in your home or working on a holiday tablescape, you'll be able to paint wine bottles beautifully in just minutes.

Upcycling Wine Bottles

The next time you enjoy a bottle of wine, don't throw the bottle out once it's gone! You can upcycle that empty wine bottle easily by painting it. After you complete this easy project, you'll be mad that you didn't start saving them sooner.

You can also collect bottles from friends, local restaurants, or wineries if you need them in bulk for special events like weddings or holiday parties. If you can't find enough used bottles, you can purchase them new and won't need to prep them like you would a used bottle.

How to Prep a Wine Bottle For Painting

In order to prep your bottle, you only need to complete a few quick steps. You'll be painting before you know it!

  1. The first thing you will need to do is remove the wine label. This is the most time-consuming part of the project. However, there are a few tricks to getting the label off easily. You can loosen the glue with hot water and scrape it off. Or, you can use a glue remover product like Goo Gone to get the label off.
  2. The next thing you need to do is wash the wine bottle. You can do this with soap, water, and a bottle brush. I've even had success washing them in the dishwasher.
  3. Finally, you just need to dry your wine bottle before painting.

What You Will Need

The secret to completing this project in just a few minutes is to paint the inside of the bottle. If you paint the outside of the bottle, you have to paint multiple layers and wait for them to dry in between coats. When painting the inside, you still get a beautiful paint job without all the hassle. Plus, you also end up with a nice shiny finish from the glass that won't chip or scratch.

Supplies

Here is what you'll need to paint your bottles:

  • Prepped or new wine bottle
  • Acrylic paint
  • Something to mix and pour your paint from (I used an old plastic measuring cup and disposable cups.)
  • Something to mix your paint and water (I used a paintbrush I had lying around but you can use whatever utensil you have on hand.)
  • Paper towels or old rags (I like to have these on hand because I am messy and because you can use them to cover the end of your wine bottle while spreading your paint around.)

How to Paint Wine Bottles

  1. Mix your paint with a small amount of water. For each bottle, I used about 1/4 cup of paint with a few drops of water. Use only enough water to thin the paint to where it will move freely and coat the inside of the bottle. It's best to add a very small amount of water at a time so you can conserve paint.
  2. Pour the paint mixture into your wine bottle.
  3. Coat the inside of the bottle by swirling the bottle and allowing the paint to run over all sides of the glass. Add more paint mixture if you are unable to coat the entirety of the bottle.
  4. Let any excess paint drip out of the bottle by holding it upside down and letting the extra paint run out of the bottle. This will help it dry faster.
  5. Dry your bottle by letting it sit for at least 24 hours. The thicker the paint, the longer it will take to dry.
  6. If you notice any streaking or spots that you missed, you can add another coat of paint to the inside of the bottle by repeating the process.
Mixing paint to paint your wine bottles

Mixing paint to paint your wine bottles

Let the paint run over all areas of your bottle

Let the paint run over all areas of your bottle

FAQ

Can I use any paint for wine bottles?

I recommend using acrylic paint. However, most paints that are intended for use on glass should work great. You can experiment with different types of paint and see which you prefer.

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How do you prepare wine bottles for painting?

You will need to remove the label, wash the bottle, and dry it before painting.

How long does it take for wine bottles to dry once painted?

It will take about 24 hours for the paint to dry and set when painting the inside of the bottle.

After Painting

Now that you are done painting your wine bottle the possibilities are endless! You can use them for so many things including:

  • Home decor
  • Table settings
  • Centerpieces
  • Wedding decorations
  • Party favors
  • Hostess gifts

Remember that if you are going to use the bottle to hold real flowers you will need to line the bottle before adding water as this will ruin your paint job. They have floral inserts at craft stores that are little tubes that you can add water to and place your flowers in without ruining your paint.

Make sure you allow time for the paint to dry inside the bottle (this will depend on how thick your paint is, I would allow at least a day for the paint to sit before doing too much with the bottle).

You can add burlap, twine, flowers, more paint to the outside of the bottle, chalk paint or whatever other creative things you can think of to your wine bottle. You can even leave the bottle as-is to add some color to you home.

Decorated, painted wine bottle

Decorated, painted wine bottle

© 2015 Sadie

Comments

Vickie Talley on October 15, 2020:

Hey guys this is funny first time I’ve seen this as I am working on doing mason jars and wine bottles from the inside pour. These are cool and right on possibilities are endless

Yvonne on November 29, 2019:

I've tried many ways but....when you want to use the bottle for flowers de paint comes off. Even the ones specialy for glassworks. What do I do wrong??

Teresa on September 02, 2019:

I experimented today, I just had what I had on hand some DeRusto Paint, that I used on my Antique Wheels, to stand them up to drain, I'm sitting them in my Dishwasher Recyled baskets, these are my favorite items in and out of the craft room,

Shruti on July 31, 2019:

Other than acrylic paint with paint can be used

Sweet T on July 08, 2019:

This was such a great idea & fun to do! Thanks for the great tips Brittany B.

Joycelyn R George on January 21, 2019:

I painted my wine bottles using your instructions and they will not dry. And the paint is not sticking to the sides. I threw one bottle away. The other one I am still working with. It has been a week and still will not dry and the paint will not stick to the sides. Any suggestions?

Lisa Bean from Virginia on January 21, 2019:

These are really pretty. I like the solid colored ones. Although with decluttering after the holidays, I don't think I have any spare bottles to decorate these days!

Dawn on November 14, 2018:

Once inside is painted if you want to draw a face or decorate outside with paint does it look funny?

We did some Halloween ones and spray painted them then used acrylic on outside wondering what is best method

Barbara on April 06, 2018:

Thano you so much, I was sitting here thinking that now I have to run out and buy paint brushes. This is such a great idea, thanks once again.

Jacqualine Chanansi on March 18, 2018:

i used acrylic and i ddnt add water but it never settled well

Nicole on February 12, 2018:

Hello I know this is a silly question but I still need to ask. If your wine bottle is green will it change the color you’re painting it? Thanks for the help

Allison on January 16, 2018:

Do you bake your wine bottles once you paint them inside?

L E Gibbens on November 23, 2017:

How can you obtain a "frosted" look with paint? What color would you use? I want to put lights inside of the bottle so want them to show through the paint.

Lisha on October 05, 2017:

Hi Michelle. It’s must easier to position your painted bottle upside down with a rack and tray underneath to catch the remaining paint and or to keep the paint even while drying. I’ve painted a few glass bottles and found that this method worked best. Good luck to you.

marcie morrella on July 10, 2017:

painting wine bottols with acrylic paint ,when I do my second coat it clumps ???

Sadie (author) from U.S. on July 10, 2017:

Absolutely!

Mbelle on July 10, 2017:

Thank you for the idea

Sadie (author) from U.S. on February 09, 2017:

Hi Sandy,

This might be an issue with how you've mixed your paint or the type of paint you're using. My guess is that they will pop on their own as the paint dries. If it does, you can always use a second layer to cover any marks left by popped bubbles.

Sandy on February 09, 2017:

I am having air bubbles in my paint inside the bottles, how do you prevent that and how do you remove the air bubbles?

Sadie (author) from U.S. on December 20, 2016:

Michelle,

I found the easiest way to be setting the bottle length-wise and slowly rotating it while it dried to keep it fairly even. Hope that helps!

Michelle on December 20, 2016:

It was really easy to paint BUT how do you position the bottle while it is drying? I found that if I sat it up all the paint went to the bottom and if I laid it on one side that side was obviously darker. Any suggestions?!

Sadie (author) from U.S. on November 25, 2016:

Rosa, that depends on the consistency of your paint. If you have one side that needs more paint, you may have to wait for it to dry on one side and then flip it over and do the other side.

Rosa on November 25, 2016:

I am waiting for paint to dry but it goes to one side. How long will it take for the paint to dry

Sadie (author) from U.S. on June 03, 2015:

Thanks Robie! It really is so much easier!

Robie Benve from Ohio on May 31, 2015:

Oh wow, I never thought of painting the inside of the bottle! It makes so much sense! They remain easily cleanable and safe fron scratching up the paint. Great idea, thanks for sharing!