How to Decorate Wine Bottles With Crackle Paint
By Natasha Hoover
How to Decorate a Wine Bottle
Wine bottle crafts are a fun way to recycle empty bottles and create a unique decorative item for your house. Learning how to decorate a wine bottle with crackle paint is easy if you read up on how to crackle paint before you start your project. Also, if you prefer, you can decorate any type of glass container using the same techniques. Mason jars, sauce jars, glass water bottles - you name it! The next time you use something in a glass bottle or jar, save the container and give this idea a try.
To get started, you need empty glass bottles, crackle medium, two contrasting colors of paint, and some foam paint brushes. If you do not drink wine, champagne, mineral water, or anything else that comes in a glass bottle, they are easy to find at most craft stores. It is also possible to buy empty mason jars at most craft stores, but why not just save jars from cooking supper? This tutorial shows you how to create beachy home décor accent bottles, you could easily skip the crackle paint and use different decorations to create more formal-looking décor. By changing up the decorative items, you could make funky, hip pieces to use as home accents or as unique flower vases.
How to Remove Bottle Labels
First, soak the bottles in water to loosen the labels. I used a plastic bin and let them soak overnight. Two of the bottle's labels basically floated off, but I had to use a coin to scrape at the others. If any sticky residue remains from the label, use a product like GooGone to remove it. Make sure to wash the bottle with warm, soapy water to remove any residual GooGone, though, or the paint will not stick.
Spray Prime the Bottles
Next, prime the bottles. It is difficult for most paints to adhere to glass, so a quick coat of spray primer can save you a lot of time and frustration by making sure the paint does not easily flake off. I used black spray primer. Spray primer is easy to find at hardware stores, home improvement stores, and places like Target. For best results, use spray primer, not just a spray paint.
When you spray, make sure to spray outside, protect the spraying surface with a box or bag, and try to prime on a day with low humidity. Also, prime in the shade, and make sure the bottle is not exposed to direct sunlight while the primer dries.
Paint the Bottles
Once the primer has dried, apply your first coat of paint using a foam craft brush. I used inexpensive acrylic craft paint, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand. This base coat of paint is the color that will show through as the cracks on your final product. For example, if you wanted black with white lines, use white as your base coat and black as your top coat.
How to Crackle Paint
After the base coat has dried, apply the crackle medium. I used Martha Stuart Crafts Crackle Effects. Many other brands exist, but I am very satisfied with the crackle paint I used and recommend it.
When I researched brands of crackle medium, I found many complaints about the medium simply fogging up instead of crackling. This happens if it is too humid when you apply the crackle paint, no matter what brand you use. I live in a very a very humid area, but the paint crackled beautifully because I turned the AC on for its dehumidifying effects and kept the doors closed while the paint dried.
After the crackle paint has dried, apply a second coat of contrasting paint. If you do not apply a contrasting top coat, you will not see any lines on your bottle. I applied blue paint and then wiped patches of it off to give a combination of a crackled and smooth surface for an intensely weathered look. If you want your bottle to just look slightly weathered, this is your final painting step. If you want your bottle to be intensely weathered, like mine, start the painting process over again with another layer of crackle medium and a final coat of paint.
Decorate the Bottles
Last, decorate your painted bottles to your heart's content. I wrapped about an inch on each bottle neck with hemp twine that I glued in place to keep it from slipping. Then, I attached shells and pieces of sand dollars to the twine. I was able to easily thread the twine through the sand dollar pieces, but I had to glue the shells. For a regular seashell, tie a knot at the twine's end and glue this knot into the little bump at the shells's apex. Both hot glue and super glue work well. For a flat piece of shell, like the crab shell fragments I used, glue the twine along the shells's back. Hold the twine in place with a paper clip while the glue dries, if necessary. A clip or clamp is likely to break the shell.
If you do not have shells, or want a different aesthetic, get creative. It is easy to thread beads on the twine, instead. Decorative coins, charms, small ornaments, popcorn, tiny origami - you can attach almost anything!
How to Make Inexpensive Home Décor
Decorating bottles or jars with crackle paint is an easy way to add a decorative accent to your home at very little cost. I spent less than $10 on supplies and made three distressed, beachy bottles for my kitchen cabinets, but you can personalize your bottles with any colors of paint and decorations to match your decor.
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