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Have you ever made a vase from a glass bottle? They are a super easy upcycled craft that can be customized for any holiday or season! Here we show you how to make a bottle vase and how to decorate them for fall!
Do you know how craft challenged I am? No really, even with the DIY’s we post here, I am fairly craft challenged. I am great with woodworking type of DIY’s but simple crafts sometimes get the better of me.
Some people have black thumbs and can’t garden. I have black and blue thumbs from craft fails. It’s a thing.
This is 100% the reason why most of the crafts in my home are super easy ones or easy wreaths like my burlap sunflower wreath (Six Dollar Family). Glue and done. Those are the crafts I do best at. 😂
Upcycled Bottle Vases for Fall Decor
As far as crafts and DIY home decor (Six Dollar Family) go, it doesn’t get much easier than learning how to make a bottle vase.
For real, they’re pretty fool proof.
They’re almost as easy as these mason jar succulent vases (Six Dollar Family) and they’re upcycled as well which means less waste! That’s always a good thing in my book because yanno – planet and all but less wasted money too!
How to Decorate a Bottle Vase
The beauty of using bottle vases to decorate your home is that they can be customized by season or for any décor style. We were decorating for fall so ours are done in fall colors – red, yellow and black.
Fall crafts really don’t get any easier than this!
For spring you would do pastels, summer bright yellows and greens, and winter would be blues and white hues. You can even do holiday specific color themes such as red and green for Christmas or orange and brown for Thanksgiving.
Once they’re dry and ready to go, add your favorite flowers to them and you’re good to go!
What Type of Bottles Work Best for a Bottle Vase?
While you can use any empty and clean bottle for these bottle vases, they work best if you have a tall necked bottle. These are tall necked milk bottles like THESE (Michaels). If you have bottles at home though, feel free to use those.
In fact, this is one of my favorite ways to use old bottles (Six Dollar Family). Just be sure to fully remove the label if you are using an older bottle.
Wine bottles work really well, although I prefer to use those for THESE wine bottle centerpieces (Six Dollar Family).
You will need:
- Tall necked milk bottles like THESE (Michaels)
- Yellow Chalk Paint like THIS (Amazon)
- Black Chalk Paint Like THIS (Amazon)
- Red Chalk Paint like THIS (Amazon)
- Foam paint brushes like THESE (Amazon)
- Jute twine like THIS (Amazon)
- Hot glue gun like THIS (Amazon)
- Hot glue sticks HERE (Amazon)
- Fine grit sandpaper (Walmart)
- Flowers and greenery
How to Make a Bottle Vase
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
- 1 Tall necked milk bottles label removed if upcycling
- Yellow Chalk Paint
- Black Chalk Paint
- Red Chalk Paint
- Foam paint brushes
- Jute twine
- False Flowers and Greenery
- Clean bottles and remove label if necessary. Paint each bottle a different color and sit aside until fully dry.
- Once the first coat is dry, paint each bottle with a second coat. Allow to dry fully.
- After the second coat is dry, use fine grit sandpaper to lightly smudge up the paint. Be careful not to overdo it.
- Flip the bottle to the side that you want to be the back and add a dab of hot glue to the back where you will begin to wrap the twine. Wind the twine around the center of the bottle making sure you are pulling it tightly with each turn of the bottle. Cut the twine so the end piece matches the side you want to be the back. Glue the end piece down.
- Allow the bottle vase to dry completely. Once dried, re-check the twine and use a drop of hot glue to secure any twine that is loose.
- Fill with fake flowers, fake greenery, cotton buds and more.