DIY Home Décor: Make Gorgeous Rhinestone-Covered 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.
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 the shape of it. The rhinestones I purchased super cheap on eBay.
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 crystals or rhinestones. You would never suspect they were made with resin; they sparkle and shine like the real thing. Other than the rhinestones, I think the most important thing is being sure that all your hard work stays put by using a 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—just 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 was able to finish each of the bottles with the round tops in one sitting. I did the gray one one day, and the next day I did the other. The smaller bottle actually took a few different days working on it...go figure!
- 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
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 just 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.
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 are having no problem sticking the rhinestones into the line of glue. If the rhinestones are sticking to the skewer and not sticking on the line of glue you either a)have too much glue on the tip of your skewer or b) your line of glue is too thin. The line of glue should be thick enough that it will grab that rhinestone off the tip of the skewer.
If you find that the line of glue is starting to dry before you get the row of rhinestones on, you are probably putting too thin of a line of glue. Just make the line of glue a bit thicker.
Turn the bottle to the next side and repeat. Place the line of glue, 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.
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.