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Paint A Beautiful Design On A Bottle - A Handmade Mother's Day Gift

Updated on September 29, 2016

If you are on a budget, or just prefer to be crafty, then making a crafty present for Mother's Day might be right up your alley. If your mother adores flowers then she might like a glass bottle painted so that it can be used as a vase. The environmental plus to this craft is that you can even reduce the waste of throwing a glass bottle into a landfill by turning it into a beautiful vase. This elegantly shaped green glass water bottle could simply not be thrown away, or even recycled, so I decided to re-purposed this glass bottle as a vase. First, I soaked the label off in water, and then I used a sponge to scrub off the remaining bits of glue and label that refused to budge after its warm bath. I dried off the vase and then used acrylic paint to create a floral design, which is reminiscent of stained glass. I painted mod podge over the glass bottle to seal in the painting, and to give the vase a shiny and lustrous appearance. Painting a glass bottle and turning it into a vase is an easy gift to make for Mother's Day, or any other special occasion.

I created this flower vase with acrylic paints.  Silk roses are perfect for displaying in vases because these never wilt.  I bought these roses at the local crafting store.
I created this flower vase with acrylic paints. Silk roses are perfect for displaying in vases because these never wilt. I bought these roses at the local crafting store. | Source

Step One: Find A Bottle To Paint

Start with a plain glass bottle.
Start with a plain glass bottle. | Source

Make sure to clean the glass bottle before you start painting it.

Step Two: Paint On The Azure Flowers

In this step I begin to paint on the azure flowers.  For this project I have recycled many items such as the glass bottle I am turning into a vase, and the disposable cup lid I am using for a paint palette.
In this step I begin to paint on the azure flowers. For this project I have recycled many items such as the glass bottle I am turning into a vase, and the disposable cup lid I am using for a paint palette. | Source

I used many supplies I had on hand as templates for painting. A used coffee cup top became the palette for the blue paint.

The light looks spectacular reflecting through the green glass with azure flowers.  This vase has a stain glass effect that I truly love.
The light looks spectacular reflecting through the green glass with azure flowers. This vase has a stain glass effect that I truly love. | Source

The blue flowers that I painted on the bottle looked beautiful in the lamp light.

Step Three: Paint On The Yellow Flowers

I started to paint on the yellow flowers.  I used orange paint for the center of the yellow flowers, and yellow paint for the center of the azure flowers.
I started to paint on the yellow flowers. I used orange paint for the center of the yellow flowers, and yellow paint for the center of the azure flowers. | Source

The vase is beginning to take shape as I paint on the yellow flowers.

The azure and yellow colored flowers are now drying.
The azure and yellow colored flowers are now drying. | Source

The orange centers of the yellow flowers is quite cheery, and a nice contrast to the blue flowers.

Step Four: Paint On The Stems And Leaves

Here I used the paint brush to apply green paint for the stems and the leaves on my flowers.
Here I used the paint brush to apply green paint for the stems and the leaves on my flowers. | Source

Here I started adding the green leafs and stems to the flowers.

Here is the completed vase at yet another angle.
Here is the completed vase at yet another angle. | Source

This is such a free form craft, and you can paint the flowers however you like on your vase.

The vase at yet another angle.  I love how the glass reflects through the painted flowers.
The vase at yet another angle. I love how the glass reflects through the painted flowers. | Source

The flowers towards the top are a bit smaller, and I painted larger flowers towards the bottom of the glass bottle.

I took a picture of the side of the vase to showcase the larger yellow and azure colored flowers.  I like how the small flowers are interspersed in between the large ones, and how the vase looks in dim and bright light.
I took a picture of the side of the vase to showcase the larger yellow and azure colored flowers. I like how the small flowers are interspersed in between the large ones, and how the vase looks in dim and bright light. | Source

The large yellow flower with the orange center was my favorite.

This is a picture I took of the side of the vase with primarily azure colored flowers.  I love the contrast between the sun colored and azure colored flowers on this vase.
This is a picture I took of the side of the vase with primarily azure colored flowers. I love the contrast between the sun colored and azure colored flowers on this vase. | Source

I allowed the painted bottle to dry overnight.

Step Five:: Seal The Painting With Mod Podge

I decided to seal the painting on the glass bottle with mod podge, which will give the vase a lustrous glow.  I let the vase dry overnight before I moved it.
I decided to seal the painting on the glass bottle with mod podge, which will give the vase a lustrous glow. I let the vase dry overnight before I moved it. | Source

Give The Beautiful Vase To Mom

Now that the beautiful vase is completed, it is time to give it to your mom.
Now that the beautiful vase is completed, it is time to give it to your mom. | Source
This vibrant hand painted vase makes a green and earth friendly gift!  I recycled a glass bottle by creating this gift for my mom, and I did not have to spend an extra money.  This vase with created with supplies I had around the house.
This vibrant hand painted vase makes a green and earth friendly gift! I recycled a glass bottle by creating this gift for my mom, and I did not have to spend an extra money. This vase with created with supplies I had around the house. | Source

More Gift Ideas: Paint Your Mom A Picture

Check out my hub where I illustrate how you can paint a picture for your mom on Mother's Day.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for all the nice comments on my handmade craft. I agree with everyone about how mom's appreciate these items the most.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      So cute! Homemade gifts are very meaningful. Even when they're made from low-cost materials, they're still precious! Your mom is very lucky. :)

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      Oh this hub reminds me of all the wonderful home made gifts my daughter have made for me over the years. Home made gifts are always the best. I still have them all and cherish them with my heart.

      Great Job!

      Sage

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      Peter 

      8 years ago from Australia

      SweetiePie, another great idea especially for Mothers Day. Your mum must be so proud of you and I bet that she treasures your gift and puts it in a pride of place!

      Thumbs up for this Hub for sure :-)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      They are wonderful and thank you for all these ideas.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Sandypiper,

      I am glad you liked the vase craft.

      Paradise,

      Crafting is my addiction, and I love it so much I have a website and an Examiner writing column about it. Thanks for the nice words about the vase I made for my mom, and I hope she will like it as I just made it :).

      Katiem,

      I am sure your kids would love making something like this for you. You are an awesome mom!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love this idea, the homemade gifts are ALWAYS my favorite and I've never gotten such a fab bottle before. I'm gonna leave this open for my kids to see....Thanks and Peace :)

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very beautiful! I know your mom enjoyed it! And there's something very special about a hand-made gift.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Cool idea with the bottle for a Mother's Day gift.

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