Closing our DIY Contest is a project sent by Hillary, who made colorful centerpieces using wine bottles. Love the Pop Art feel of them! Tomorrow I will be opening our official voting ballot, where there will be a recap of all entries. You will be able to cast your vote under tomorrow’s announcement, so keep your eyes peeled for the post. Good luck everyone!
Remember first place winner will receive $500 and second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry (they just got a brand new site by the way!).
For my wedding, I will be painting the bottles all white, but I was inspired to try different colors for this project. It is probably the most inexpensive, eco-friendly way to turn something you have laying around your house into something unique and beautiful for your centerpieces or even your table at home!
What you will need:
- wine bottles
- liquid soap
- alcohol swabs, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone and/or hard dish brush
- quick drying high gloss white spray paint or white primer spray paint (like this one)
- quick drying high gloss spray in whatever colors you desire (like this one)
- old sheet, drop cloth or any sort of covering for the surface you will be painting on
Step 1: Submerge wine bottles in warm soapy water until labels easily come off (this can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes).
Step2: If you are having difficulty removing labels, try holding the bottles under warm water and use a hard dish brush to scrub off excess label/glue. I also find using alcohol or Goo Gone can help with this as well.
Step 3: Make sure soapy water is rinsed out of bottles and let bottles dry.
Step 4: Cover hard surface outside (away from anything you might damage with spray paint) and place bottles on the surface. Spray one thin, even coat of white spray paint or primer on each bottle (note, this does not have to be perfect). Make sure you are not holding the can too close to the bottle or the paint will get on too thick and start to drip. Let dry for about 15 minutes, then you can test the bottles by touching them lightly; if the paint is sticky they need more time to dry.
Step 5: Repeat this step about three more times with the colors you choose. If you are having trouble getting the paint on evenly, put your finger into the bottle opening to pick it up so you can see the bottle at a better angle and spray where needed. Because you are doing several coats, it will not be completely even until your final coat. If you need to do more than three or four coats, that is fine, just make sure they are not too thick.
Step 6: Pick up bottle and spray around the bottom edge so no glass is showing through. Then do a quick spray at the very top of the bottle. Leave bottles out to dry in a shaded place.
Voila! You now have beautiful vases or candle holders for your centerpieces.