DIY :: Decoupage And Upcycle Empty Glass Bottles

Friday, May 03, 2013

Ever wondered what to do with those empty glass bottles after the party is over?! I did too and I had a few ideas of using them too. Some I covered up with strings and ribbons like I showed you here and some got painted from the inside right here!! 
But i also felt that the painted bottles were sort of unfinished...they needed that something extra. That something extra clicked to me when my friend Kriti of Handmade Talks asked me to do a Upcycling DIY for her lovely blog. I jumped at the idea cause it gave me that 'something extra' I needed to add to my painted glass bottles.
So, here is the DIY for you guys. It has also been posted by Kriti on her blog here.

What You Need:


  • An empty glass bottle (you can use any kind of bottle, painted or plain) I used one that was washed, labels removed, cleaned and dried up
  • Craft Glue or PVA Glue
  • Water
  • Paint Brushes - 1 or 2
  • A pair of scissors
  • Cutouts from old magazines/comic books
  • Acrylic colors (for adding any details) but this is optional
Cutout your favorite pictures from the magazines or comic books. Trim their edges neatly. Make sure the bottle has a clean and dry surface. Mix water and craft glue in 1:2 ratio properly. Spread the glue+water mix onto the bottle. Spread it all over the area evenly where you want your pictures to come. Pick up the cutouts and start pasting them one by one on the bottle as you see fit. Make a pattern or paste them randomly!! Once the glue dries up, you can add 2-3 layers of the "water+glue" mix on top as protective layers. You might wanna add 2-3 layers of varnish/lacquer. Let it each layer dry up completely. You need to smoothen it with a 'fine grit' sand paper for a neat finish. You can use this bottle for decoration on its own or as vase too!




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  1. Questions
    1) wont Layering more of glu mix after pasting clipping spoil the clipping
    2) can you suggest what kind of lacquer, i have no idea how that works except that it wud protect the underlying work.

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    1. Hi, Good questions! :)
      here are my answers...
      1) each layer has to be dried completely before you add the next layer. The glue+water mix will not spoil the paper. Just remember to use a soft brush and don't rub on the paper too hard.
      2} A normal varnish/lacquer can be used, which is easily available at any hardware store. You need to dilute the varnish with turpentine oil according to the instructions given on the box.

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  2. Came through CD! what a fab ideas you have! absolutely brilliant. I loved the look of your blog as well!

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    1. @padmamanasa :: thank you for the appreciation! :)

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