Glass Bottle Upcycle

Glass Bottle Upcycle
Glass Bottle Upcycle to Ocean and Mountains Vases

Welcome, welcome to the She Sent Me What ???? Party, and a big hello to those of you arriving from Infarrantly Creative.

When the lovely Jennifer Rizzo contacted me to see if I’d like to join the party, I was all YES, yes, of course, how fun even though I knew that we would be in transition, in an apartment, and without all our stuff I’m crazy like that, and who doesn’t love a little challenge now and then?   

21 DIY bloggers mailed each other thrift store finds then had to use them

The party works like this. There are 21 bloggers. Each person receives a thrift store find from the previous blogger on the list and in turn sends another thrifty find to the next blogger in line. Once you receive your item, you have to use it in your décor either as is or you can alter it. Sounds simple enough, right? Well let’s see what Becky Farrant sent me.


Becky went easy on me. Maybe she knew my predicament. She sent me 9 glass bottles. They look like they may have been syrup bottles in their previous life. I really wanted to upcycle them into a lamp. Wouldn’t that have been cool? But all our tools are in storage, so I decided to give them a little face lift with glass paint.

GLASS BOTTLE UPCYCLE with glass paint

I used Martha Stewart’s paint made specifically for painting glass mixed with a bottle of liquid fill thinning medium which made them easier to dip. I used 1 bottle of each mixed together in a disposable plastic container.

Glass bottle upcycle with MS glass paint
Each bottle was washed in the dishwasher, wiped down with alcohol, and then dipped into the glass paint mix. Let the extra paint drip back into the bowl (this will prevent major drips) before turning upside down on newspaper to dry. Dip the bottles into the paint at different depths if you want the ocean waves effect. You can dip each bottle several times for a layered with glass paint
I let the bottles dry overnight and then used the metallic gold glass paint at full strength. The bottles come with applicator tips. Draw wavy lines around the bottle and let dry again. There are instructions for bake curing the paint or you can let it air dry for 21 days to make it permanent.

I really love how they turned out. They remind me of the ocean and mountains of Maine.
glass bottle vases diy

Here they are in the dining area of the temporary apartment. There are only two windows in the entire apartment, so it is a real challenge to take nice photos! The good news is that we will be moving into our new home a week from today. Yay!

Head on over to see what I sent to KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms. I hope she is still speaking to me.

Here is the full list of bloggers who are participating in the She Sent Me WHAT??? Party.

Jennifer Rizzo
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
Finding Home
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Eclectically Vintage
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
Infarrantly Creative
At Home on the Bay
Thistlewood Farms
Serendipity Refined
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife



  1. says

    Well done! I love the dipped glass it looks so organic and cool! They are actually old Jack Daniels bottles. I swear I didn’t drink them all. HA!

  2. says

    Super cute – I’ll never look at my syrup bottle the same way again! I wonder if I could do the same thing with a plastic Aunt Jemima bottle – probably not!!!

    So excited that you’ll finally be setting in to a permanent home soon – can’t wait to see how you work your magic on it!

  3. says

    Hey rock star!

    Love the bottles! What a fun project and perfect for spring. Thank you so much for the beautiful tea towel and needlepoint! I wish I could have honored it a little more. :)

    Happy, happy day to you!

  4. says

    I love glass bottle upcycling! These are perfect for summer (which those of us who live in Chicago are convinced is NEVER going to come!) I can see these lined up on my mantel…or in the middle of a beach themed table filled with daisies! Pinning!!!!

  5. cath says

    Great transformation. Love them. I can see this technique being useful for planting bulbs for forcing in the winter. The paint would cover the pebbles and bulbs. If you chose a tall, wide-mouthed jar, the clear sides would hold the leaves and flower stems upright. Mine always seem to droop at some point and fall over. It also would look nice as a terrarium. Thanks for the how-to.

  6. Tina says

    Great job, Mary! That must brighten up your place in this never ending winter.

    I like the items you sent to your project partner. This was really fun, I hope you all will do this again.

  7. says

    Love the blue dipped paint. The effect is so cool, looks like sea waves. When I saw what was sent to you, I had to come over and see what you’d come up with.

    Good job Mary