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Coloring Your Glass

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I think this has to be one of the thriftiest, easiest and quickest ways to make a color statement in your room.
I started with a bunch of bottles.  These were salad dressings, a marinade and a salsa jar.  I keep the glass jars and bottles that I like the shape of.  Make sure they are washed really well and dry.
Then I took some acrylic craft paint that I had in my stash… you know the cheap ones you can get for 2 for $1 at Michael’s during a sale.
I wanted to do blues and greens… love these colors in the Spring and Summer… must be my love for the beach.  I made one white too.
So you take your paint and just squirt a little inside the bottle… like 2 good squirts.  Put the lid back on and shake it, roll it in your hands, do a little dance with it.  Then put it upside down and walk away for about 10 minutes.  After the ten minutes you can see if you need more paint.  If the paint has only dripped half-way down or it’s very streaky, then add some more paint and repeat your “funky paint in the bottle dance.”  Walk away again.  Usually on the the second time I  had enough, it just need to be rolled.  So, I laid the bottle on it’s side and rolled it a quarter turn every 5 minutes or so.  Once it was complete circled, I stood it on it’s head again for a few minutes.  If you still have some uncovered areas, try to squirt the paint in that area and repeat the roll around.
 
This one I was attempting to make a lighter shade of green.  Instead I accidentally created a sherbet effect… which I love!  So if you want this look, squirt both the colors into the bottle.  If you want to create your own custom color, mix it 1st… then pour it in.
 
I love them paired with my Mason Jar Candleholders.
 
I think I will fill the whole basket with painted bottles.
I love the green in my Board & Batten Bathroom too.
You may wonder, why not just spray paint it?  When you put the paint  inside, you still get the reflective shine of the glass.  LOVE IT!
Another tip… if you’re having trouble getting your labels off… vinegar works great!  I also used the tip of a spoon once it was soaked to help remove the labels off.
Thrilled to be sharing at the following parties…

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  1. I did this and the paint in the bottle wouldn’t dry. and kept running back down the bottle. How do i get it to dry?

      1. I am using acrylic paint. If i don’t shake the bottle every few days all the paint goes to the bottom. It is not sticking. it has been in the bottle for almost 3 weeks and still is not dry.

  2. These bottles are beautiful. I can't believe how easy they are to make. I will try to make one this week!
    (Great teacher gift!)

  3. Maryann,
    That's a great idea! I love the way they turned out. Thanks for linking up to my party last month.
    🙂
    Traci

  4. So, so smart! Venturing over from Beneath My Heart – so glad I did! You have yourself a new follower. 🙂

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