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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…


  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.

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

  5. Very pretty! I did something similar with plastic bottles for my son's play food, but I love the way the paint looks in the glass bottles.

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this makeover at my Turquoise Tuesday Party. If you have anything else you would like to share, please stop by next Tuesday. The party goes on . . .

  7. Peanut butter works really well to get sticky residue off as well! Just smear a little over the sticky parts. Let it sit for a good five minutes and rinse off. The stickies come right off!

  8. These are beautiful. I do this with Christmas ornaments. You might want to link this post to my Turquoise Tuesday Link Party.

  9. I LOVe this! I actually did something similar with glass Christmas ornaments, but never thought to do it with bottles and jars. Brilliant!

  10. I love this! I feel like you could put one in every room and still have spots for these little lovelies. And, I bet you could use these as vases at a party or shower… FABULOUS!
    We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

  11. If you have a moment I would just love it if you could link to this on my linking party thru Wednesday.
    I saw this idea thru Martha, but as I recall it involved special paint and was more complicated, whereas this is quite simple! all the best, Sara

  12. Thrifty, pretty and very recycled chic – I love this idea. You've got some great stuff – I'd love for you to link up to my Craftastic Monday link party:)

  13. Love this idea… thank you so much for the inspiration. I'm off to find some glass bottles in the recycle pile, Lord knows I have enough paint in my stash!

  14. Oh..this is so funny. Dancing around and getting a little exercise in while creating!! Love the jars, they are SO cute. And thanks for the vinegar tip! 🙂


  15. Oh, I love it!!! I have been doing a series on painted glass, and I hope you don't mind that I borrowed a pic from your post (credited to you, of course) and linked to this post… your pieces with the paint on the inside turned out SO much better than my catastrophe!!! Thank you for such great step by step!

  16. I am into colored glass myself these days! I am into the colors you have shown us…very happy:) Have a great Monday!~

  17. Love the bottles. I like to collect bottles and paint them. Great for oil lamps and vases.

  18. Those look so cool! My mind is just racing trying to decide what nook of my home might need a bit of glass bottle color…

  19. I have done this with glass christmas ornamnets but, I would have never thought of using bottles. Very clever. Thanks so much for sharing.

  20. I LOVE this! Much better than spray painting AND you get a wider variety of colors! I think I may need to do some of these to add to my kitchen makeover! Thanks!

  21. These are awesome! I have sprayed the outside of glass before, and without much luck. I can't wait to try this! The colors are so fresh and summery too!

  22. What a great idea! I never thought of doing this! I've been looking for the perfect red bottle or vase so this might work better for me. Thanks!

  23. What a great idea! An easy and inexpensive way to add some needed colour to my space. Thanks for the sharing.

  24. Very pretty! We did that with clear glass Christmas balls one year. I never thought to do it with glass bottles. They turned out perfect for Spring and Summer.

  25. Maryann… I did one of those last fall, a LOT like your blue one. It was a small bottle, just a trial and error thing. I don't even know what I did with it! lol
    Your bottles look fabulous! looks like a popp candidate to me!
    hope you've enjoyed your weekend!

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