How To Spray Paint Glass Bottles With Water Drop Effects
When tackling any upcycling DIY, one of the best feelings is knowing that you created something spectacular out of nothing. Why should you have to spend oodles of dollars on high-end items when you can make something better for 1/10th the price? And when you use materials that were going to be thrown away anyways? Even better.
Wine bottles and glass jars are every-day items that pile up if we don’t do away with them. But what if we could turn these bottles into stylish pieces of decor? (Hint: we can!)
Here I’ll show you how easy it is to make painted wine bottles that look so nice you’ll want to display them in your home with pride.
Let's Make It
- Plastic Spray Bottle
- Two Different Colors Of Spray Paint
- Glass Bottle or Jar
- White Vinegar
Prep Your Area For Bottle Painting
Before we get to the fun part of bottle painting, let's make sure our workspace is properly protected with a plastic sheet, old newspaper, or piece of cardboard to avoid splattering paint everywhere.
Since we’re already being responsible, we might as well make sure our workspace is properly ventilated too, by either cracking a window or grabbing our gear and venturing into the great outdoors (weather permitting).
If you do brave the wild, wet a finger and try the boy scout's wind-testing trick to make sure you’re not spraying into the wind. Nothing’s worse than getting super into glass bottle painting only to have paint blown back into your face!
Apply First Coat Of Paint
Set your chosen glass bottle into the center of your prepared area with a small piece of paper laying over the opening. Any kind of glass jar or bottle works perfectly with this technique. You can pick up your own at most dollar stores, thrift stores and garage sales, or even find some hiding in your own empty wine box!
Plus, making painted wine bottles is a great excuse to go out and buy more wine! (Not that we need an excuse these days.)
Once you have your chosen jar, say goodbye to the boring clear glass and prepare to welcome it to a much more dazzling future. Once farewells are said, grab your chosen paint color and begin spraying the glass bottle evenly from approximately a foot away.
This first color should cover the entire bottle in an even coat.
Spray With A Water/Vinegar Mixture
Now it’s time to turn to our handy dandy spray bottle! Most reusable bottles can be found at any hardware store, but better yet, take a peek under your sink and see if you have any empty cleaning bottles lying around!
Once you have an empty and clean bottle, fill it with a mixture of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. This compound will act as a buffer between your first and second coat of paint, so anywhere the mixture lands will repel the paint we apply later.
When spraying the water/vinegar mix onto the painted wine bottle be sure not to spray from any closer than a foot away. Spraying from a distance allows the water/vinegar to fan out and leave a fine misting of speckled dots on the bottle - perfect for the effect we’re trying to achieve.
Of course no effect is wrong, but be aware that if you spray too much of the mix or spray too close to the bottle you may end up with large blotchy patches that the second coat of paint doesn’t stick to!
One of the great things about this technique is that if any of the water/vinegar mixture is left over, you can save it aside for cleaning! Because of vinegar’s acidic qualities it’s great for tackling any build up or grime. Maybe just avoid using it to clean upholstery, stone or ovens as its chemical makeup may react with those surfaces and produce unwanted effects!
Apply Second Coat Of Paint
Immediately after spraying the painted wine bottle with your homemade water/vinegar mix, spray your second paint color lightly over the surface while it’s still wet. You should be able to clearly see the areas where the mix is preventing your paint from sitting, creating the dotted texture we’re after.
When deciding on the best color for your second paint application, consider choosing a color that’s either lighter or darker than the one you used first. Since the first color I used to paint the glass bottle with is dark and chocolatey, I used a light pink-grey for the second coat.
That’s it! Can you believe how easy it was? Now when anyone asks, “Can you spray paint glass?” you can say, “Yes, you absolutely can!” and show them how great your painted wine bottle looks. It's such a wonderfully simple way to create Instagram-worthy flower vases and table decor, I absolutely love it and I hope you do too! Now enough reading, let’s go glass bottle painting!