Deco Art Glass Paint; Upcycle Wine Bottles

by Johnnie Collier

#decoartglasspaint Cut Wine Bottle Address Lanters by

Remember the Deco Art glass paint I showed you not long ago?  Well today is the project reveal.  I focused on the glitter paint, and decided to use the opportunity to bring some warm colors to my porch for fall.  You will see how I used the sparkle filled colors and stencils to create wine bottle address lanterns.  This project does not require experience, but patience is helpful.  You will be cutting wine bottles, and painting several light layers of gloss enamel glitter.  There is some waiting involved, so plan on doing a little each day over several days.  The result is well worth the wait.

Cutting the Bottles

 First step is to cut the wine bottles.  This is accomplished with yarn and acetone in a quick, simple process I showed you in this video:

I cut mine at 3 different heights to have a tiered display.    We are working only with the upper piece of bottle in this tutorial, but the lower part makes a great dish, glass or candle holder.  To get the edges smooth, dear husband and I teamed up and used the sander drill attachment with low grit sand paper:

Before you being painting, clean the bottle well.  Use warm, soapy water, pat dry with lent free cloth, then clean entire surface with alcohol.  If you skip this step, oils in fingerprints remain and prevent your paint from grabbing onto the slick surface.  Keep the alcohol nearby to correct any mistakes.

Painting the Glass

NOTES:  I was going for an ombre red-yellow from bottle opening to cut edge.  The effect was created with several layers of Gloss enamel glitter, applied lightly with a cosmetic sponge.  This was after a big, streaky craft fail that I found myself in from applying too heavily with a brush.  The good news is that you can wipe mistakes away easily with damp sponge if paint hasn’t dried.  Even if it has dried some, you should be able to scrape it off if you do so before the 4 days of curing.  Also keep in mind that if it looks a little streaky, this could diminish significantly with overnight drying.

You will see in the photos, I added a segment of gloss enamel frost to the top of my red to yellow gradient for a contrast with the glittery awesomeness.  Always let paint dry between each step.  Put your finger in the mouth of the bottle to avoid touching outside and leaving fingerprints.

#decoartglass painted wine bottle lanter tutorial at #upcycle #repurpose #recycledcrafts

*NOTE:  When stenciling, work on one side of the glass and let that dry before moving around the glass.  It is super frustrating to mess up your stenciled design, which is  easy to do while positioning stencil/painting in another area.

Cure time is 4 days for these paints.  After that time, you can bake per instructions if the piece needs to be dishwasher safe.  Not the case here.  I built my shelf (see photos) and had my sparkly new address lantern display up 24 hours later.

Making the Shelf/Holder

Deco Art Glass Paint

So, what do you think?  I had a blast with these paints.  My project centered on the glitter finish, but I have been all over the stain and the frost paints, and love them.  There are some stunning projects by my creative cohorts.  See the list below for more inspiration.  You will be tempted to jump in your car and drive to the nearest Michaels Store, where you will find it near the glass products.

**I wrote this post as a part of a paid campaign with DecoArt. All opinions are my own.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ColleenwithMurals&More August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

These are SO cute, Johnnie! Love the make up sponge tip. I never would’ve thought of that. And your video is great! Can’t wait to try this :)


2 Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe August 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

So very pretty, Johnnie! I love the ombre look with the glitter. I bet they just sparkle in the candlelight! And thanks for the video for cutting glass!! Its a technique I’ve been itching to try, but your video definitely makes me more confident to do it. :)


3 Jessica @ Mom 4 Real August 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

Johnnie, these are so fabulous! I love them! Going back to watch the video!


4 malia August 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

Super cool project Johnnie!


5 Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline August 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

Oh…..I love your creativity! Absolutely awesome.


6 Amy* August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Holy Gorgeous Display batman! I’m so in love with this I’m having heart palpitations (and pangs of jealousy over that amazing Deco Art paint collection!) This is so unique and pretty! I have got to get my hands on this paint pronto :)


7 Shannon Fox August 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Oh I’ll bet those GLOW so pretty at night. So original. Love it :)


8 Shannon @madiganmade August 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Ooh. The glitter paint is so pretty, especially when the lights are lit. So clever, as always! :)


9 Summer August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

What a cute idea! I think I would be afraid to cut the glass bottle, but you made it look pretty easy. Love the glitter paint!


10 Megan August 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

What an amazing idea! I love how they look lit up. Megan


11 debi beard August 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I loved this tutorial, especially the video! I can’t wait to try this! I am think you could create some beautiful hanging pendant light with the glass paint and recycled bottles.
thanks for the inspiration :)


12 Karah @ thespacebetweenblog August 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

this is such a great idea!! love the video tutorial!


13 Steph @ The Silly Pearl August 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

So lovely and unique! The colors are so pretty…really put me in the mood for fall as well. And I really want to try cutting glass now!


14 Amanda @ Serenity Now August 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

Great tutorial! Your porch looks fantastic! :)


15 katie August 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

This is gorgeous! I love the colors you chose as well!


16 Toni February 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

We are having a time and a half of trying to cut the bottles. Does the glass thickness of the wine bottles matter and do we need to do this several times. We are using exactly what you stated in your instructions and have not had a bottle break yet. Please help. In my email that is the number one not the letter l.


17 SavedByLoveCreations February 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Toni, I hate to hear you are having trouble. Ours worked the very first time. I have noticed that some bottles just won’t give, and seem to be thicker. If you are doing exactly what I did, I am not sure what to recommend. If I think of another way, I will let you know.


18 Betsy April 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I couldn’t get the bottles to cut either :(


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