Painted Bottle Vases

Turn clear bottles into beautiful vases with glass enamel.
My cellar is cluttered with empty bottles and jars of different sizes and shapes that I have been storing for a long time. I knew, that one day they will make a wonderful base for my next D.I.Y. project. Despite this, I always hated ornamented bottles or those with yarn wrapped around. While writing this post, I am planning to use a chalkboard paint next time. This time it will be regular, watercolor and the effect will be amazing. That’s what I needed!

My source site is in Spanish, so I hope my entire post will help all of you who speaks just English. The author of this craft was inspired by Martha Stewart Beauty Bottles, and she decided to create her own version of Painted Bottle Vases. You may ask what’s so special about those bottles, and I will answer that it is the way they are painted.

If you are a true handimaniac, you are probably accustomed to painting bottles or jars outside. Here, you will have to do it inside. That is right, no more easy ways. Let’s use unusual syringe technique. Just follow This full tutorial and detailed photos, to create your own Painted Bottle Vases. I am going to use dark and gloomy tones, maybe reds and purples. What is your idea? Do try this at home and then share it below.

Check out the tutorial on La Chica De La Casa De Caramelo.

What you need:


  • A big syringe
  • A paint brush
  • A bowl

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Few transparent bottles and jars
  • Watercolors or wall paint
  • Plastic tubes of different sizes (easy to get at florists)

First gather all transparent bottles and jars you’ve been storing for a long time. Prepare tools such as syringe, paint brush, and a bowl. Next, think of colors you’d like to use for your project (they can be totally different or in one gradient, for example sunny), and plastic tubes of different sizes that you can get from florists.


Now, it is time to mix your colors to get the tones you like. Use a little bowl and paint brush to do it. Few drops of water will help with that, but do not use it too much. Everything depends on the paint type if it is watercolor or a wall paint.

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After preparing your favorite tone, fill a syringe with it. You will ned 80 – 100ml to cover the interiors of larger bottles.

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Pour the paint into the bottle.

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Move the bottle every way around, so that the paint covers each corner and walls evenly.

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Once covered, let the bottles stay upside down for several hours. This way all the excess paint will pour out. You can do it in a sink or on some absorbent paper.

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After that, put them back, clean all the excess paint and let them dry completely (it usually takes couple of days).

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In case you have used watercolors, you can not fill your amazimg bottles with water, because the paint will come off. Now it is a good time to put those plastic tubes inside, so that it is possible to decorate your bottles with fresh flowers.

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You can use almost any cut flowers to decorate your bottles with. Here you can see white daisies, yellow freesias and paniculata. It is so simple, and yet such an eye catching home decoration. Perfect for refreshing your house or for a gift.

Painted Bottle Vases

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