Want to change up some of your home decor but not spend a lot of money? Take a look around and see what you have available to use. If you have some empty old bottles in the recycling and some spray paint, then you’re in luck, and can very quickly put together an arrangement that is appealing to the eye and the pocketbook.
I had talked to a friend about having a crafty afternoon and re-purposing bottles and presented a bunch of ideas, although due to time constraints we ended up completing our projects on our own.
Candy Corn Decor
This first idea is something that a friend recently created using spray paint. She had wanted to make a Halloween tablescape and since she had white and orange spray paint already, this was a very affordable way to decorate her entry table for the upcoming holiday.
She started with spraying the bottles with primer and then made the candy corn layers. Her tip is to make sure you do this when there isn’t any wind because otherwise the layers will splatter. She used sticks found on a nature hike as a free way to add more texture to her arrangement.
This next arrangement is two ideas in one. I used varying sized bottles from wine, soda, and sake to have the height differences. Because I had acrylic paint and puffy paint leftover from other projects, I chose to use those on the taller two bottle.
If you have primer to paint on the bottle first it will help it stay on the bottle better otherwise the acrylic paint can scratch off if it rubs against something.
The bottles were painted entirely in acrylic paint and then I used puffy paint to make the designs so that there was an added dimension to the bottles. I did paint one color on the bottle and let it dry completely before I painted the pink accents on both bottles. I did need to buy one bottle of puffy paint because I didn’t have enough left of the blue color.
The second idea in this arrangement is to to make a frosted bottle or vase. I had leftover frosted glass paint (which was almost 14 years old, but was stored properly and still worked nicely) and letter stickers. To do this, I just made sure that my letter sticker was stuck down on all edges and then sprayed the bottle.
This kind of paint takes several light coats. I think I ended up doing around 5 coats to get this even of a frosted look, which is what I remember from when I used it on a door before. The silver twigs, flowers and foliage were found in my yard and on a nature hike. I used leftover silver spray paint to change the look of them. I only used items that were already dried.
Chalking It Up
This fourth idea, might be something you remember. I first made it for my post Creative Halloween Crafts on the Cheap.
Even though my decorations are made inexpensively, I still try to make sure that I make them so that they will last and I can continue to use them through the years. I made these a couple of years ago, but they still come out and are used. The chalkboard spray paint I used adhered very well and has held up, so I continue to use these bottles in my Halloween tablescape.
Wine Bottle Candelabra
Finally, my fifth idea is for those that feel they are not friends with paint but still like the idea of repurposing an empty bottle into a decoration. This is my wine bottle candelabra.
I came across this bottle candelabra insert at a little home decor boutique in Philadelphia and while I cannot find this exact one for you, I did find a similar wine bottle candelabra insert online for under $10. This one is for two candlesticks like the one pictured here, but if you do a search online you can also find ones that hold a larger amount of candles, as well as votives instead of candlesticks.
The other way I decorated up this bottle was to use a beaded bottle cover. I was only able to find them for sale as a pack of 4 different beaded bottle covers for $20-$30 for the 4-pack, so an individual one could cost you as little as $5. I found mine at a winery gift shop years ago, but I found similar beaded bottle covers on Amazon.
I do have a couple more ideas stewing around in my head that I have not completed yet. One of them includes book pages and I have thought about doing that as a group craft with my book club. The nice thing about these projects is that you’re really only limited by your imagination.
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tara pittman says
This would be great for all the bottles that we cant recycle. Very pretty.
trisha kilpatrick says
Very cute ideas! I especially like the black board paint idea.
This is so cool, I want to make a few from my bedroom! I think it would be so pretty, thanks for the idea!
Joely Smith says
Thank you for this! I seriously have saved up a ton of pretty bottles not knowing what to do with them but knowing SOMEONE would have a great idea! Here is the great idea!