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DIY Home Décor: How to Bedazzle a Bottle

Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products.

Rhinestone-covered bottles

Rhinestone-covered bottles

DIY Bedazzled Bottles

These rhinestone-covered bottles are beautiful and elegant and will add that decorative touch to any room in your home. If you were to go out and buy something similar to these, you would have to pay a pretty penny. They were very inexpensive to make, though.

Getting Started

I already had the glue and the bottles. The 2 bottles with the round tops I purchased at Goodwill a while back, and the smaller one was given as a gift; it had oil and reed diffusers in it. The multicolored bottle (the one in the tutorial photos) was an empty Fletcher's Children's Laxative bottle that I kept because I liked its shape. The rhinestones I purchased super cheap on eBay.

How to Glue Rhinestones to Glass

You can use either plastic or glass rhinestones. I prefer to use the beautiful resin rhinestones that I purchase on eBay. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are also gorgeous and totally look like glass or crystal rhinestones. You would never suspect they were made with resin; they sparkle and shine like the real thing. Besides the rhinestones, I think the most important thing is ensuring that all your hard work stays put by using good glue. You don't want to spend all that time and then have the rhinestones fall off. I personally love the Amazing Goop glues. E6000, GOOP, and CRAFT Goop are all good choices for this. They are super thick and dry crystal clear and will adhere the rhinestones to the bottles with no problem—make sure your bottle is clean.

The only other thing that you really need to make these bottles is patience! I compare this type of project to latch hooking, cross-stitching, and things like that. You have to work on it, and it can take a bit of time. The larger the container you want to cover, the longer it will take. Stick with it and work on it when you have free time, and it will be done before you know it. I'm one of those who can't stop once I get started, so I actually finished each of the bottles with the round tops in one sitting. I did the gray one day, and the next day I did the other. The smaller bottle actually took a few different days working on it...go figure!

Supplies needed for rhinestone-covered bottles.

Supplies needed for rhinestone-covered bottles.

Supplies Needed:

  • Clean glass bottle
  • Rhinestones (4mm to 5mm is a good size) NOT hotfix
  • E6000 or similar glue
  • Wooden Skewer Stick
  • Shallow container like a pie tin or paper plate
Line of glue

Line of glue

Step One: Create the Glue Line

Starting at the bottom of the bottle, squeeze a thin line of glue along one side of the bottle. You don't want the line of glue too thin, but you don't want the line of glue to be too thick that it swallows up the rhinestones. Take the wooden skewer, pointed end, and barely dip it into the line of glue to get a little bit of stickiness on the tip; just a tiny bit of stickiness will work, and you will be surprised how long you will be able to use that to pick up rhinestones.

Picking up rhinestone

Picking up rhinestone

Rhinestone sticking to skewer tip

Rhinestone sticking to skewer tip

Putting on first row of rhinestones

Putting on first row of rhinestones

Step Two: Glue the Rhinestones

Pour some of the rhinestones into a shallow container like a plastic lid turned upside down. I use the lid of a small gift box. Then take the sticky skewer point and stick it on top of a rhinestone and pick it up and take it and stick it into the line of glue. Keep picking up rhinestones one by one and sitting them onto the line of glue. Place each rhinestone, one after the other, with no spaces for best coverage.

An indication that you are using the proper amount of glue is if you have no problem sticking the rhinestones into the line of glue. If the rhinestones are sticking to the skewer and not sticking on the glue line, you either 1. have too much glue on the tip of your skewer or 2. your line of glue is too thin. The glue line should be thick enough that it will grab that rhinestone off the tip of the skewer.

First row

First row

Working up the bottle

Working up the bottle

Step Three: Repeat!

Turn the bottle to the next side and repeat. Place the glue line, use the skewer to pick up rhinestones, and place them very close together, one after the other in a row and around the corners. Make sure you are placing them in a straight line. Keep working up the bottle this way, row by row.

If you find that a rhinestone or a few is out of line a little, the glue will be flexible for a short time after you've applied the rhinestones and will allow you to slightly manipulate the rhinestones if you need to. If your bottle has rounded corners, these small rhinestones should glue around them nicely. Larger-sized rhinestones (over 5mm) would not work as well on bottles with rounded corners.

completely covered in rhinestones

completely covered in rhinestones

Top of the lid

Top of the lid

Step Four: Let it Dry

Keep going around the bottle row by row and around the corners until you reach the top of the bottle. If you have a top or lid, you can cover that too to complete the look, or you can leave it off in case you want to use the bottle as a vase sometimes. Let it dry for a full 24 hours.

Now you have a beautiful sparkling rhinestone-covered bottle to display! Be aware; this project can be addicting! Once you finish the first one, you may feel the urge to make more and more.

Tips and Tricks

You have lots of options when working with rhinestones!

  • An alternate way to apply the glue is dot by dot. Simply push out a dot of glue from the tube and scrape the sharp tip of the skewer across and pick up the dot, then transfer the dot of glue onto the surface and pick up the rhinestone and stick it on the dot of glue. If you are lucky enough to be using glue that has a narrow tip applicator just dot the glue right on.
  • Want to color your bottle first? Pour some paint inside, move the bottle around to coat the interior, pour out the excess paint and let it dry.
  • You can cover plastic bottles and containers and metal ones too.
  • You can use different colors and sizes of rhinestones for your project
  • You could try doing different patterns.
  • Cover small knick knacks to make new decorative pieces
  • You can use a bit larger sized rhinestones for larger pieces and smaller size for small pieces.
  • As far as resin rhinestones, in my opinion, the larger they are, the more fake they look. The smaller sizes look more "real".
  • There are generic brands of the Swarovski crystal now, so you don't have to pay big bucks for nice glass crystals. Shop around on Ebay and Amazon. You may be surprised. Just make sure it's not the "hot fix" kind.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.. have fun! Have any suggestions, ideas or tips of your own? Comments and feedback are welcome.

Bottles covered with rhinestones

Bottles covered with rhinestones


Bethany Kwiatkowski on November 27, 2019:

I’m curious if you put anything over them at the end to make them stay? I noticed mine are a bit sticky. GORGEOUS BOTTLE!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Deborah Sexton- Thank you so much!!

Deborah Sexton on June 24, 2014:

I've seen bottle like this before, but yours are beautiful. Great Hub

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 23, 2014:

Funway- Yeah, that is an option too. Personally I like to glue them on.. it's relaxing to me and I also like to save money because where I get my rhinestones, they are very inexpensive.

Funway on January 16, 2014:

What about just take several dollars to buy a rhinestone sticker.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 01, 2013:

DommaLeigh- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 01, 2013:

kellyG05030- Thank you so much for dropping by! I'm so happy to hear that this has inspired you. Have fun blinging your bottle :)

DommaLeigh on February 28, 2013:

The bottles are beautiful. I know a few people who would love to have one. Great idea.

Kelly from New England on February 28, 2013:

These are gorgeous - what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing these directions and the great pictures. I'm excited to give this a try!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 17, 2013:

yvonne- I get my rhinestones on ebay from the seller, bead_better. They are resin but they look just like crystal and they are really inexpensive.

yvonne on February 17, 2013:

hi where did you get your rhinestones thankyou

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 22, 2013:

Stacy- I just counted all the rhinestones I glued onto the bottle above with the horizontal stripes and different colors. The bottle is 5 inches tall including the cap and about 2 inches wide. It took 1080 rhinestones to cover the entire bottle and about 82 more to cover the cap. The gray rhinestones were 20ss but I included them in that count so it you are wanting to use all 16ss, it will be a little more than 1080, probably closer to 2000. I know it sounds like a lot of rhinestones but the ones I get are like 4 bucks a package of 1000 so I have a ton of them and don't have to worry about not having enough. I wouldn't do this with real crystals, it would just be too expensive for me. Hope this helps!

Stacy on January 21, 2013:

Can you tell me about how many rhinestones you used and how big your bottles are?? I'm trying to figure out how many rhinestones I need to buy...

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 18, 2012:

everythingdazzles- Thank you :) It did take me a while to get them all glued on but you are right... it was relaxing too- I love stuff like this. I have always thought I should learn how to knit.. It seems like it's something I would probably enjoy if I could ever make myself learn. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Janelle from Houston on October 17, 2012:

These are so pretty! IT would definitely take a lot of patience to complete a project like this. Probably a good stress release.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 13, 2012:

Hyphenbird- I'm glad you like the sparkly bottles.. thanks so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 13, 2012:

TattoKitty- You are welcome :) I agree, I think these would make a great homemade gift for sure. I hope you do give them a try.. they are simple to make. You just need a little bit of patience and your bottle will be sparkly and pretty before you know it. Thank you for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 13, 2012:

Vinaya- You are so right.. these bottles are very simple to make. I think the hardest thing about doing them was just having patience to glue on the rhinestones. In the end, the sparkle of the rhinestones is what makes it all worth it. Thank you for dropping by :)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 13, 2012:

Vinaya, these are gorgeous. A young friend of mine is in Girl Scouts and this would make a great project for her. It seems easy enough and certainly helps one practice patience. I love these, thanks for the great idea.

TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 12, 2012:

Gorgeous idea for a wonderful homemade gift...I'm definitely going to try this one; simple, easy, and totally BLING-tabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 12, 2012:


My mother used to be a good craftswoman. She created many handicrafts such as this one. However, her creativity did not pass into her daughter. This easy to follow guide will help many people who want to create art work out of simple things.


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 07, 2012:

craftybegonia- Thank you :) Thanks for stopping by!

craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on September 06, 2012:

Beautiful and very elegant!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 30, 2012:

moonlake- Thank you for the vote up, glad you like them :) They would make great inexpensive Christmas gifts for sure.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 30, 2012:

rebeccamealey- You are so welcome for the tutorial, these sparkly bottles are really are easy to do. Thank you so much for dropping by and for such nice comment!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 30, 2012:

ThelmaC- I will definitely add a pic of the larger bottle when it's finished :) I haven't started on it yet, but once I do, it won't take long. Thank you so much for dropping by!

moonlake from America on August 30, 2012:

Beautiful bottles. Love the rhinestones on them. Good Christmas gift. Vote uP.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 29, 2012:

Those are beautiful, Jamie. Very cool. I have always adorned rhinestones. I call them "poor girls diamonds." Thanks for the tutorial . It seems like it would be easy to follow and do.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

FreezeFrame34- Oh, red and green ones would be gorgeous! Crystals usually are expensive but these are actually made from resin but they sparkle just like crystal. I absolutely love them, when I saw how pretty they were I had to stock up, especially since they were so cheap! Glad this project sparked your interest.. if you end up making some rhinestone covered bottles for Christmas, let me know how they turn out and have fun :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

Linda- Thank you! I can't wait to make some more... I love how they sparkle :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

Peggy W, thank you so much for sharing my hub! I was wondering why all the sudden I was getting all these comments :) I really appreciate it! The stick is actually just a wooden skewer stick. I got a package of like 50 of them at Wall-Mart. The reason it stays sticky is I dip it into a little E600 glue, but it only takes a tiny little smidge and I mean tiny- I usually barely dip it and then wipe it off and what remains is dry, yet tacky. The sticky will last on the tip of the skewer for a while and when it starts losing the stick, I'll put a smidge of glue on it again. I hope that all made sense! There are special sticks you can buy that have some sort of wax or stickiness on the tips you can use to apply rhinestones but I like using the skewer with it tacky on the tip. If you have any other questions please feel free to let me know! Thank you again for sharing and for the vote up :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

talfonso- So happy to hear that my hub has inspired you! These bottles are really easy to do.. I bet you will enjoy doing them. I know what you mean about those Swarovski brand crystals.. they are gorgeous but boy, are they high! Thank you for commenting.. and wish you luck with your home based business. Maybe at some point you will be able to buy as many Swarovski crystals as you want :)

Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on August 29, 2012:

Great job in explaining how to do these and showing us how easy they are. I hope you add a picture of the larger bottle you are working on when you finish it. You did a great job on the pictures of the bottles also!

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on August 29, 2012:

Wow, Jamie! I'm already thinking of ways to make green and red for Christmas gifts! Great hub! I always thought the crystals were so expensive; I didn't even look at how reasonable they are......until now!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 29, 2012:

Hi Jamie! These bottles are gorgeous. Love the shine! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2012:

Hi Jamie,

This is a terrific idea! Love the finished look of the rhinestone covered bottles. Question...where did that stick come from? Is it sold with the rhinestones? What makes the tip sticky? Up votes and sharing.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on August 29, 2012:

This Hub really inspires me to make rhinestone covered bottles! I'm going to use any surplus Korean hotfix rhinestones I have and if I have enough money laying around I'd aim for the Swarovski ones just as accents. Well, I'd buy more in the future, providing that my home-based biz would be VERY fruitful!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 06, 2012:

teaches- You are welcome.. hope all is going well with you! Yes, they would be perfect for a vanity. They turned out a lot fancier than I thought they would. I mean, I knew they would turn out nice but I didn't realize they would be that pretty and glitzy. Thanks for dropping by!

Dianna Mendez on August 05, 2012:

These are so pretty and I could see these are pretty pieces on my vanity. Thanks for the ideas.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 05, 2012:

KeriProctor88- Thank you so much.. I'm glad that you like them! They are super easy to do, I think the secret is getting good rhinestones. As long as the rhinestones are pretty and sparkly, you can go wrong. Thanks for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 05, 2012:

randomcreative- You are welcome :) I tried to convey in the tutorial how easy they really are to make and that the biggest challenge was having the patience.... I'll definitely be doing some more of them for sure.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 05, 2012:

Hi Kashmir, what a wonderful compliment, thank you :) Those bottles were very easy and I wanted to try to explain how to do them as well as I possibly could so others could see they were easy too. Thank you so much for always being so encouraging and for being such a faithful reader of my hubs. Many blessings to you :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 03, 2012:

This effect is beautiful! Thanks for another great tutorial.

KeriProctor88 from Georgia on August 03, 2012:

This hub is amazing!!! I cannot wait until I buy a home one day, and get to decorate it like with these items. This is a really great idea, and it seems fun. The bottles look really beautiful, and I love Rhinestones too. Anything shiny like that, I love to put around my house. These are some great tips!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 03, 2012:

Hi Jamie, this is such a beautifully written hub and those bottles look so awesome . You have explained it so well that it should make it so easy to do.

Vote up and more !!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 03, 2012:

Wow, carol.. thank you! What a compliment :) I am getting ready to start a larger sized bottle and I know it will take a little bit to get it finished but it will be SO worth it. So happy you bookmarked this. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 03, 2012:

galleryofgrace- You are welcome.. so glad you like them! I agree, these would make great Christmas gifts. I am getting ready to start on a larger sized bottle.Thank you for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 03, 2012:

Stehanie Henkel- Thank you, so glad you like it! These sparkle so pretty... I was just so excited about how they turned out, I couldn't wait to share the tutorial. Thank you so very much for the vote up and for the pin :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 03, 2012:

cardelean- Thank you, and thank you for the pin! I am so happy with how they turned out especially knowing how much you would pay for something like these in a store. So happy you like them :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 03, 2012:

That is the most gorgeous bottle I have ever seen. I can see it takes tremendous patience but what an outcome. The bottle would light up any area in the house. Now if I could just get that really important ingredient..patience. Going to bookmark for when that day arrives.

Gracie L Sprouse from Virginia on August 02, 2012:

Wow what a fantastic idea. I have lots of bottles to choose from. It'll be fun trying to decide which ones to cover. I'm thinking these would make great Christmas gifts even if they're empty. Thanks for sharing this article.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 02, 2012:

These are gorgeous! I love shinny stuff! :) Photos and instructions are clear and easy to follow. Voted up and pinned!

cardelean from Michigan on August 02, 2012:

What a great guide! Those bottles are so beautiful that it makes me want to run out and get all the stuff to make them right now! My mind is racing with all the ways that I could use these bottles, pinning this one.