Thursday, May 13, 2010

summer bottles

A few months back I saw this craft idea on MarthStewart.com. You can turn any glass bottle into a gorgeous colored vases. I loved the idea and have been looking for bottles to use ever since. I scored a ton of adorable bottles for just a few dollars at my local Goodwill store.

I picked up some dishwasher-safe enamel paint at a local craft store as well as a few more bottles.. After washing out all the bottles you just pour a small amount of surface conditioner inside each bottle to prime the glass.  Just swirl it around to coat the bottle and pour out any extra. You then let it dry upright for an hour. Mine sat for a few hours...

After the conditioner is dry you do the same process with the enamel paint. I used a bright white color and one called Calypso Sky. I also mixed the colors together to get some  shades in between the two. This time you dry it upside down on a paper towel for 48 hours. You will need to wipe the rims of the bottles with a damp paper towel during the first hour or so to make sure it does not build up.

Here are my bottles before and after. Don't they look gorgeous?? I'm going to use them on my summer mantle.. stay tuned.



23 comments:

  1. These are awesome.

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  2. That's super cool!! I need to try that too! Love it!

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  3. What is the conditioner you talked about? Did you use regular craft paint? These are really cool!

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  4. I've seen a few examples of people doing this little project, but I have to say I like your version the best! I love the variations of colors and the variety of shapes...not to mention the number of vases, it all really works!! Janell

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  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have a ton of random cool shaped bottles - I'll have to do this! Gotta love Martha - and you for posting this! YAY!

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  6. Wow - those are beautiful! I'm just not a DYIer, but I would love to have something like this on my mantle!

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  7. I love them!!! I want to try this now!

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  8. I just found that same technique at House and Home.com! Doesn't it turn out fantastic! I was so amazed! Your bottles look great and love the color!

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  9. I love this! I can't even tell you how much I love this. You did such an amazing job.

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  10. I love these. Do you have the names of the products you used?

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  11. I collect bottles too; yours are so pretty!

    S

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  12. These are adorable. So calming to look at in a group.

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  13. I love those! I'm definately going to stock up on bottles on my next garage sale hunt. Where do you get the surface conditioner?

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  14. I saw that in Martha Stewart also, and forgot about it. I love how you found so many different bottles, which makes it so much more interesting! Way to go.

    Sherry

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  15. Beautiful! I am highlighting these at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  16. I can't believe how good the results are!!! I love these so much, the colours are gorgeous!!!

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  17. Your bottles are BEAUTIFUL! I like the differences in each - and how it all fits together. I have done this before but never used the surface conditioner and mine turned out just fine. I want to try doing it with colored glass too, to see the different looks.

    The same thing can be done with mod podge mixed with food color, but will give a transparent effect (as mod podge dries clear).

    Great idea!

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