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!).

From Hillary:
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!

DIY Wine Bottle Pop Art Centerpieces

What you will need:

– wine bottles
– liquid soap
– alcohol swabs, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone and/or hard dish brush
-spray paint
– 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.


Comments (41):

  • Charlotte on November 11, 2012

    Quick question how long does the paint last for? For a wedding how long before the day would you paint? Thanks
  • Carol Ann on October 15, 2012

    These all compliment each other with the shades of colours. Thanks for sharing. Great job!!!
  • Annie on October 4, 2011

    My fiance & I are using this idea at our wedding; they turned out really really well!! One tip that I'd recommend is when we spray painted them we had dowels stuck into the ground and then the bottle turned upside down on the dowel. It worked wonders as to painting the whole thing at once.
  • Marianne on September 25, 2011

    I totally did this but with apple cider bottles for my sister's bridal shower centerpieces and people loved them! after they dried I stenciled on words like "Love" "Magic" etc. I love going into houses of family members and seeing them still using them as vases 4 years later! :)
  • The Unreal Bride on August 30, 2010

    We did the same thing! We used them as bangle holder thingies at a garden bazaar we used to hold a couple of years ago - they were a big hit! So surprised to see them here! See photos here and here xx
  • Jasmine on May 20, 2010

    I am going to so try this. Great idea and inexpensive vase idea for a wedding.
  • Jessica J on May 9, 2010

    What a great idea, this is inspiration for my own wedding that I'm planning. I'm thinking of spray painting them silver to go with my burgandy theme! I finally have something to do with all those wine bottles that i've been piling up!
  • Mary Rogers on April 8, 2010

    What a clever way to recycle and have something lovely at the same time! Love it! We are all looking for ways to have a beautiful setting without spending a lot of money. Great job!
  • Jacqueline on April 8, 2010

    #24 - the best idea ever!
  • CASSANDRA SCOTT on April 8, 2010

    I love # 24 and with FIESTA right around the corner in SATX it is for sure awesome idea!
  • Andrick on April 8, 2010

    so awesome ..!!! now all we need is just a wedding to go with it ..
  • Anna davino on April 8, 2010

    Love them!!!!
  • JoAnne Friday on April 7, 2010

    #24 gets my vote! cute, inexpensive idea!
  • Gayle Hight on April 7, 2010

    Very FUN! Love the pop art feel. Andy Warhol would vote for it if he could.
  • lynette on April 7, 2010

    this is awesome..go green! and beautiful!
  • Diane on April 7, 2010

    What an adorable, eco-friendly idea!
  • Linda on April 6, 2010

    I LOVE IT! What a great idea! I'll have to do it for a summer cocktail party. I might have to try all white too for a WHITE party!
  • Katy on April 6, 2010

    Awesome! How inspiring!
  • Emily on April 6, 2010

    These are fantastic! They're gorgeous and recycled?! Perfect!
  • Judy on April 6, 2010

    Can't wait to share this idea with my daughter-in-law to be!
  • Rebekah Davino on April 6, 2010

    Can't wait to do this w/our Wine Bottles!! Thanks for the new project- perfect for Cork candles for the patio too!
  • LT on April 5, 2010

    What a great idea! I can finally put my empty wine bottles to good use instead of just out on the curb to be recycled! I like the colors but agree that all white would also be amazing!!
  • Judy on April 5, 2010

    What a charming idea!! I'm going to share it with my future daughter-in-law!
  • marie andree on April 5, 2010

    I love this idea. very colorful. easy and amazing.
  • Katherine on April 5, 2010

    Love these! Looks easy and those are great colors. I am definitely going to try this.
  • Tom on April 5, 2010

    Very Nice....
  • Nancy on April 5, 2010

    These are lovely!! Simple but elegant!!!
  • Adara on April 4, 2010

    These are definitely cute, but my question is, can you really say it's "eco-friendly" if you're using spray paint that has carcinogens etc...? If I did this, I would explore other paint options.
  • Adrian on April 3, 2010

    Absolutely stunning! Wonderful for events or home decor. And enviornmentally friendly. Fabulous idea.
  • Desi on April 3, 2010

    Will use this one!
  • Carol Scholz on April 2, 2010

    I love the colors. Would love to see a picture of the room full of tables with these as centerpieces. Must have been breath taking.
  • Jackie on April 2, 2010

    I love them!!!
  • Chris on April 2, 2010

    The colored bottles are so cheerful - the bottles painted white will be elegant.
  • Judy on April 2, 2010

    What a wonderful Spring wedding idea!!
  • Mandy on April 2, 2010

    Very cute idea! Could be used for lots of different events.
  • Jolette on April 2, 2010

    Absolutely lovely! These look so festive! :-)
  • Karen on April 2, 2010

    So creative!!! This would also make a wonderful gift!!!
  • Nikki on April 2, 2010

    Wonderful idea!!! I love the bright colors with the beautiful flowers you put in them. They will be gorgeous in white too!!
  • Michelle {Things I Love} on April 1, 2010

    This is genius- so simple and so transformative. Beautiful photos!
  • Sarah on April 1, 2010

    OH MY GOSH! I love this idea - whether for a wedding or for a house in general, this is fabulous!
  • SMiller on April 1, 2010

    What a great idea! They are fun and perfect for the beautiful flowers you put in them.


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