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DIY Painted Wine Bottles: How to Paint Wine Bottles in 5 Minutes

Updated on May 30, 2015

Here are my finished wine bottles painted by yours truly!

DIY Painted Wine Bottles

Wine bottles are being used in so many creative settings and if you are a wine drinker like I am you probably have some bottles or can start saving them up for crafts. I'm so mad at myself for throwing out wine bottles in the past! If you don't have any wine bottles you can use a regular vase or go down to your local winery or a friend's house and see if you can have any of theirs.

Painting the inside of your wine bottle really saves time. You don't have to brush on multiple coats of paint and there are no streaks or brush strokes afterward. You also have a a nice shiny finish with the glass on the outside of the paint.

Removing the Labels From Your Wine Bottles

There are many great tutorials out there for getting the labels off of your wine bottles. The best way I have found is to boil them in water on the stove and scrape the label off once it has soaked up some moisture. I have also read that using olive oil and baking soda to create a paste will help to scrub the sticky glue off after you remove most of the label.

What You Will Need to Paint Your Wine Bottles

  • Empty, cleaned (on the inside and out), wine bottle
  • Paint. I used acrylic paint but I'm sure there are a lot of paints out there that would work just fine. Just make sure the paint you choose is compatible with glass.
  • Something to mix and pour your paint from. I used an old plastic measuring cup which handles both the mixing portion and the pouring. You could also use a syringe to drop the paint into your bottle.
  • Something to mix your paint and water. I used a paintbrush I had lying around but you can use whatever utensil you have on hand.
  • Paper towels or old rags. I like to have these on hand because I am messy and because you can use them to cover the end of your wine bottle while spreading your paint around.

Painting Your Wine Bottles

You'll need a wine bottle with the labels removed, some paint (I used acrylic), and an old measuring cup or something you can easily pour from.
You'll need a wine bottle with the labels removed, some paint (I used acrylic), and an old measuring cup or something you can easily pour from.
Add about 1/4 cup of paint to your measuring cup along with a couple drops of water. Mix your paint and water (you may need to add more water to get the right consistency) until your mixture is thin enough to where it will move around the bottle.
Add about 1/4 cup of paint to your measuring cup along with a couple drops of water. Mix your paint and water (you may need to add more water to get the right consistency) until your mixture is thin enough to where it will move around the bottle.
Pour your paint mixture into your wine bottle.
Pour your paint mixture into your wine bottle.
Tilt and angle your wine bottle making sure the paint covers the entire inside area. If you need more paint just mix some up with water and add it to your bottle.
Tilt and angle your wine bottle making sure the paint covers the entire inside area. If you need more paint just mix some up with water and add it to your bottle.
If there are gaps in your paint, lay your bottle down with the unpainted area on your surface and let the paint run to that point until it is covered.
If there are gaps in your paint, lay your bottle down with the unpainted area on your surface and let the paint run to that point until it is covered.

DIY Swirled Paint Wine Bottle

Mix your first color (mine was blue) with your water. Add your second color (mine was green) without mixing it in with the blue.
Mix your first color (mine was blue) with your water. Add your second color (mine was green) without mixing it in with the blue.
Follow the same instructions as you would with one color and your colors will swirl and blend creating a very pretty effect.
Follow the same instructions as you would with one color and your colors will swirl and blend creating a very pretty effect.

Here's a Bottle that I added some Juke and a Burlap Flower to!

After Painting Your Wine Bottle

Now that you are done painting your wine bottle the possibilities are endless! Allow time for the paint to dry inside the bottle (this will depend on how thick your paint is, I would allow at least a day for the paint to sit before doing too much with the bottle).

You can add burlap, twine, flowers, more paint to the outside of the bottle, chalk paint or whatever other creative things you can think of to your wine bottle. You can even leave the bottle as-is to add some color to you home.

Remember that if you are going to use the bottle to hold real flowers you will need to line the bottle before adding water as this will ruin your paint job. They have floral inserts at craft stores that are little tubes that you can add water to and place your flowers in.

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      marcie morrella 2 months ago

      painting wine bottols with acrylic paint ,when I do my second coat it clumps ???

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      Brittany B 2 months ago from U.S.

      Absolutely!

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      Mbelle 2 months ago

      Thank you for the idea

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      Brittany B 7 months ago from U.S.

      Hi Sandy,

      This might be an issue with how you've mixed your paint or the type of paint you're using. My guess is that they will pop on their own as the paint dries. If it does, you can always use a second layer to cover any marks left by popped bubbles.

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      Sandy 7 months ago

      I am having air bubbles in my paint inside the bottles, how do you prevent that and how do you remove the air bubbles?

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      Brittany B 9 months ago from U.S.

      Michelle,

      I found the easiest way to be setting the bottle length-wise and slowly rotating it while it dried to keep it fairly even. Hope that helps!

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      Michelle 9 months ago

      It was really easy to paint BUT how do you position the bottle while it is drying? I found that if I sat it up all the paint went to the bottom and if I laid it on one side that side was obviously darker. Any suggestions?!

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      Brittany B 10 months ago from U.S.

      Rosa, that depends on the consistency of your paint. If you have one side that needs more paint, you may have to wait for it to dry on one side and then flip it over and do the other side.

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      Rosa 10 months ago

      I am waiting for paint to dry but it goes to one side. How long will it take for the paint to dry

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      Brittany B 2 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks Robie! It really is so much easier!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Oh wow, I never thought of painting the inside of the bottle! It makes so much sense! They remain easily cleanable and safe fron scratching up the paint. Great idea, thanks for sharing!