DIY Wine Bottle Centerpieces

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

Instructions:

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.

41 Comments
  1. Wonderful idea!!! I love the bright colors with the beautiful flowers you put in them. They will be gorgeous in white too!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. Can’t wait to do this w/our Wine Bottles!! Thanks for the new project- perfect for Cork candles for the patio too!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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.

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