2020, Rock Painting and Hiding

06.18.20 Wine bottle (and any glass bottle or jar) decoupaging

If you’ve never decoupaged before you need to know the basics that go before the actual creation of a project.  Here’s a link to that information:  DECOUPAGING BASICS


I have to admit up front that this type of decoupaging is the one I’ve struggled the most to get it right. I’ve created several decoupaged bottles and glass vases. Most of them had to be scrapped and started over.

My sweet friend Cindy Vernon gave me all the wine bottles I have so far. Thanks, Cindy for giving me those bottles that got me started!

I am definitely still in the learning mode with this type of decoupaging but I will share what I have learned so far!

Every bottle and napkin presents its own challenges. Every bottle shape is a bit different. Each napkin has different sizes, designs, and quality of napkin. You choose if you want the napkin to be applied as a full or half napkin or as a design cut out of the napkin. That’s up to you.

The neck of the bottles is for me the awkward area. Some I’ve applied rhinestones to in various colors and shapes.

This was the first one I created and it was done over twice! I cut out the parts of the napkin I wanted to apply to the bottle. Like I did on this one I highly recommend painting the whole bottle a color (usually white or cream) that will blend well with the napkin background. I’ll show you the napkin that was used in making each of the bottles throughout this blog post.

After allowing one coat of mod podge to dry I applied two coats of cream-colored paint and allowed them to completely dry. I separated the layers of the napkin keeping the top layer. Then I cut out the two designs from the napkin that I wanted to use for this bottle. I used just the peacock on the back and the peacock next to flowers on the front. I applied mod podge to the area of the bottle where the napkin design would go. Then laid the napkin design over that area spreading it out and helping bubbles to escape by quickly and gently rubbing my finger over the design from the center to the outside edges of the design. The napkin becomes very fragile when it gets wet from the mod podge so you have to be very very careful with it I can’t tell you how often I’ve pulled holes in the napkins when they are damp or wet from mod podge..

Some people take a sheet of glad wrap, wrap it around the bottle and rubbing the bubbles and wrinkles out the same way I described doing it without the glad wrap.  A third method is to take some glad wrap, squinch it up and pat it over the napkin where bubbles remain. I do much better when I wrap the glad wrap around the bottle. You have to try them all yourself and see what works best.

This is the napkin I cut out the two designs for the front and back.

This is a decorative glass piece I made with this napkin. I’ll show how that was made in a future blog post.

On this one, I didn’t paint the bottle but instead put a couple of coats of mod podge on it and allowed it to dry before adding the napkin and all the cute things.

Like I do with flat objects being decoupaged after the mod podge is completely dry I put the napkins on the bottom and a sheet of parchment paper over it. Then I used my small iron to get the mod podge to active the glue attaching itself to the napkins. This method will be explained in full in a future blog but since I rarely use it on a bottle and you two will probably rarely use it we’ll have to wait on that part!

I used the back of the napkin shown below for the bottom part, twine wrapped around the neck with lots of hearts glued on the twine area.  Some cute stickers I had were applied over the napkin and in the middle.

The butterfly wings on the bottom part would not stay stuck to the napkin. I used a lot of glue to get it to stay put. Unfortunately, the glue left a dark area around the butterfly. It took a lot of effort to get the butterfly to stay put so I was very disappointed in how that turned out.

Finally, I applied glitter glue all around the bottom portion where the napkin and butterfly are located. When that dried it helped cover the dark area! After the glitter glue dried I put a couple of coats of Polycrylic over the whole bottle and added a twine bow at the top. A little mosquito hawk was added to the back before it was finished.

I used the stripped portion of two of these napkins to go all the way around the bottle. I’ve used all of the other graphics on this napkin for so many decoupaged rocks. This was my last one of these napkins.

This was a fun one to do where I tried several things. It was first painted with a layer of mod podge, then two coats of white. I have a sheet of little various colored dots that I got at Dollar Tree.  I added a few to this bottle and the next one.  I also used some tiny butterfly rhinestones around the neck. On the front of the bottle, I applied a cut out from one of the napkins. We love hummingbirds so I added one on the front of the bottle from the napkin I used on the back. I love how this one came out so I’m sharing photos of all sides below. The napkin used on the back is of beautiful wisteria cut out from that napkin.

Then I decided to try a splatter method using orange paint-splattered over the white portions of the bottle.  I got a bit carried away with the orange splatter and feel like I put too much on it. The video below explains the splatter method in a couple of ways.

The napkin used on the front of the bottle described above.

The hummingbird from this napkin was cut out and used on the front with the other napkin.  The back of the napkin included a portion of the napkin shown below.

I really love the little colored dots. Other bottles above were sprayed with clear spray even after covering with Polycrylic a couple of coats. Here are a couple of pictures of my wine bottles that were placed on top of vegetable poles in the garden and sprayed with a clear spray.

This one was a bottle that I did not paint under the napkin but did paint the neck of the bottle. In between the napkin and the neck I wrapped twine around it and made a twine bow to finish it off. The same napkin was used on the bottle in the pictures below these two pictures.

This is the napkin used on the bottle above and the one below.

This is the one that I’ve kept for decoration in our home. I like how it came out and it blends in well with the other blues in our living room.  I covered the bottle with mod podge once and painted the whole bottle twice with white paint. I cut out the design and after applying mod podge again to the area the napkin was going to cover I put the design on the bottle. After struggling with getting the napkin to go up the neck I finally came up with putting the napkin what you see as a cut design. I didn’t like the white bottle neck just like it was so I added some tiny butterflies, colored dots and a row of light blue beads at the top.

You can see the difference between the bottle above with no white paint beneath the napkin and the same napkin with two coats of paint under the napkin in the bottle picture today.,

As you can tell I have a lot to learn before I feel comfortable decoupaging wine bottles. I am still experimenting with each one. Every bottle and napkin presents its own challenges. When I’ve shown Roy each of the bottles as they were finished he liked them a lot. When I didn’t like one, he pointed out to me that my bottles in a photo look as good as the really nice ones I see online in photos.

The cute little dots, glass butterflies, butterfly stickers, twine, and other cute stickers came from Dollar Tree, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Dollar General. I will not pay but just a little for each of these things, I just won’t.  If you have any cute things you think would look nice on a bottle and want to give some to me I’d love you forever!

Somewhere in this blog, I said other glass items could be decoupaged like the wine bottles.  This little jar was painted white, watermelon designs were cut out from a napkin and decoupaged on it with twine used around the top to cover where the jar lid originally was screwed on to close it.

This is another non-wine bottle project. I used pictures of flowers, butterflies and birds that I and my sweet friend Cindy Leblanc gave me of these torn out pictures I painted a vase from Dollar Tree with cream-colored paint in case the magazine cut-outs didn’t cover everything.  In the future, I plan to not paint and just make sure there are no uncovered spaces. I used glue on the glass and applied the various pieces to that. You can use the glad wrap method to get everything to stay put without bubbles or wrinkles.  I sprayed clear spray over the dried magazine cut-outs a couple of times. I’ve moved from clear spray to polycrylic since I have to go outside for the clear spray and the polycrylic can be done inside with a lot less sticky mess.

Lastly these two bottles are works in progress. I love the one on the right and am not sure about the one on the left.

For the one on the right I did one layer of mod podge and then one layer of white paint applied to the bottle with a piece of sponge that you can see to the left in the back of the picture. I really love how the sponged look came out. I glued a bit of lace to the neck portion of that bottle.

I forgot to cut the napkin straight on the left one so I added some snowflake and green teardrop jewels to try to cover up the irregularly cut napkin.

Front side of both bottles

Back of both bottles

Here is the napkin I used on the left bottle. It is really a nice napkin and I used it in a different project which I’ll share at a later date.   I used this same napkin to do a glass trivet doing reverse decoupaging which I’ll share in a future blog.

And here are the napkins I used on the right bottle.

Earlier today I got to give our grandaughter and son all of these bottles including the two in process. He actually asked for all of them. While they were here I put an additional coat of polycrylic on them which pretty much made them finished bottles.  Chip is going to give me several wine bottles so I can make more. He thinks they are good enough to sell. We’ll have to see about that!

That wraps up all I know to share with you about decoupaging wine bottles. I’ll be writing about rock decoupaging next. That’s where I started decoupaging.   I have two additional areas of decoupaging that I want to share with you. One is flower pots and the other rock flowers.


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