Altered Bottle

I first discovered altered bottles on Pinterest and really loved them. The idea of recycling bottles that were heading to the landfill into something of beauty interested me. 

I watched a few altered bottle tutorials on youtube and had to giggle to myself how simple they are to make.  The trick is to create layers and textures which don’t need to be perfect in the least. 

Altered Bottle

And some of the products you need to make these altered bottles can be found around your home. Because the bottle turned out so pretty I made it into a lamp for my home.  

Altered bottle

 

How to give a bottle a mixed media makeover

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Prepare the bottle

Most bottles will work for this project. My personal favourite bottle is the Jack Daniels bottle that I used to make this Game of Thrones lamp.  In my opinion, the square base offers more stability once the lampshade is added.  For this project, I use a Bailey’s bottle.  After I had enjoyed all the Baileys of course.  I like to use black gesso to prepare the bottles because it has always worked well for me. 

Add some texture

A stencil and texture paste is a simple way to create texture to the bottle.  I make all my stencils using a Cricut but they are cheap enough to buy.  Hold the stencil around the bottle, then using a spatula add a layer of texture paste over the top of the stencil.

Mixed media bottle

There is no need to try and make it look perfect, the imperfections give the bottle more character. Remove the stencil straight away, I scrape off the excess paste and put it back in the tub.

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Mixed media bottle

Wash your stencil straight away, once dry the texture paste does not wash off. You can use a  heat gun to speed up the drying time so, so you can carry on.  Using different stencils I added more texture all around the bottle.

Mixed media bottles

Painting the bottle

My personal choice was to add another layer of gesso now.  The tutorials I watched painted everything in the end.  I found it was too hard to get into all the nooks and crannies with everything glued on top. 

Altered mixed media wine bottles

To add some highlight to the texture I used bronze wax paste. Apply the wax paste with your finger, touch the wax paste and run it over the surface of the bottle. Don’t fill in the whole area because you will lose the effect. This step can be done at the end, I just find it easier to do it as I go along so I can see the outcome.

Altered bottles

Add embellishments to the altered bottle

Over the years I have ordered so many items off Wish and Amazon, that was not as expected. They became handy for this project.  You can use just about anything to decorate the bottle. Below are some of the items I used. Broken jewellery, onion sack, scraps of fabric and charms and twigs off my grapevine. 

mixed media canvas

Glueing all the embellishments onto the bottle is the fun part. Any glue similar to  E6000 will work for the majority of the items and hot glue for the heavier ones. Randomly glue all the elements on, if you are not happy with the look, add something on top. 

Altered bottle

The zipper was removed from an old pair of Denim jeans and glued onto the bottle.  I glued steampunk charms to the inside of the zipper so it looks like the bottle is full of charms. A coat of black gesso was added to the charms ready for highlighting with the wax pastes.

Altered bottles

Add flowers to the altered bottle

The flowers for the bottle were sprayed with shimmer spray and highlight with the bronze wax paste. They were glued onto the bottle with a hot glue gun.  A little warning, wear gloves when using the shimmer spray.  I didn’t and had to walk around looking like a smurf with my blue fingers for a few days.

Altered Wine bottle

An easy way to hold the bendable charms in place while the glue is drying is to use string to hold it in place.  More colour was added to the bottle using homemade wax pastes and shimmer sprays.

Altered wine bottle

Decorating the lampshade

The altered bottle then became a lamp.  I recycled a broken lamp I had at home. The lampshade was white which did not go with the bottle.  To change the colour I painted it black using gesso.

Wine bottle lamp

To add some character to the lampshade I added another zipper to the corner and added steampunk charms using E6000 glue.  

Wine bottle lamp

A great method for filling the gaps is to use dried split peas.  The zipper and the charms were then painted with the gesso and highlighted with the bronze paste the same as the bottle.  

Wine bottle lamp

Cutting the hole in the bottle

There are a few methods for cutting the hole in the bottle.  This one is my favourite because it is quick and easy.  Using a 1 cm diamond tip hole cutter attached to a drill. Cut a scrap of wood with a 1 cm hole cut all the way through, this will hold the cutter in one place while drilling.

Clamp the wood to the bottle and put the diamond tip hole cutter into the hole and drill through the bottle. Add water to the bottle while drilling.

Wine bottle lamp

Wiring up the lamp

It is better to do all your preparation for the wiring before you start.  Using a drill I drilled a hole in the lid to add a threaded tube.  I forgot to take a photo of this. 

Attached a nut to the thread under the lid and the fittings then screw onto the top thread. The wire is fed through the hole, up to the top of the bottle and out of the threaded tube. Wire the lamp up and attach the lampshade.

Wine bottle lamp

Close up view of the detail on the altered bottle.

Altered bottle mixed media

To see more great mixed media projects check out these super cool Halloween bottles or this mixed media canvas themed around my daughter wedding.

Altered bottle mixed media

Looking for more mixed media projects check out these awesome sites Favecrafts and Diyideacenter

Wine bottle lamp

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25 Comments

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    Jenna
    August 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, this is incredibly cool! Great tutorial too! I love to paint wine bottles and have decoupaged them, but you have opened my eyes to a brand new direction! Really creative!

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      Anita Holland
      August 23, 2019 at 6:42 am

      Thank you, Jenna, Great to hear you got some inspiration from my project. I am still new to mixed media and I am totally hooked. So I know the feeling.

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    Dee | Grammy's Grid
    September 1, 2019 at 7:45 am

    These are awesome! You’re so talented as well as creative!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 4. Shared.

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      Anita Holland
      September 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you

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    Melissa
    September 2, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Looks great love how the lamps look something so creative I will be trying this you have a gift so good 😊 saw this at fortheloveto-link up

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      Anita Holland
      September 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much for the great comment, it is greatly appreciated.

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    Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy
    September 3, 2019 at 4:43 am

    You did an outstanding job with this tutorial! Love this bottle! Found you at the our-mini-linky-party-week-243

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      Anita Holland
      September 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much, very kind of you to say.

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    Lisa L Lombardo
    September 7, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    This is so cool! I love the finished lamp 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

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      Anita Holland
      September 7, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much. Turning it into a lamp was an afterthought because it turned out so pretty.

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    Ann
    September 10, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    What a beautiful transformation! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured tonight on my blog.

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      Anita Holland
      September 11, 2019 at 1:30 am

      Thank you so much Ann for the lovely comment and feature. I really do appreciate it.

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    Catherine Sokolowski
    September 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Wow! Your lamp is incredible!! If I had a little more creative talent in me I would try it!

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      Anita Holland
      September 26, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you so much. That was my first attempt, I thought the same thing. I can only do this style I tried shabby chic and it was a total fail. lol

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    Dee | Grammy's Grid
    October 1, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Congrats! Your post is FEATURED at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 5. Party open now!

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      Anita Holland
      October 1, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature, greatly appreciated.

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    LINDA BOUFFARD
    October 19, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Wow. This is something I haven’t seen before. Very exciting to think you can just use bits and bobs. Love it. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode Pinning.

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      Anita Holland
      October 19, 2019 at 3:26 am

      Thank you Linda, You can add just about anything to them and they will look great. The bronze wax paste is what makes the magic happen.

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    Dee | Grammy's Grid
    June 9, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 18 for Crafting with Bottles and Jars, open May 30 to June 10. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

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      Anita Holland
      June 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you so much

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    Dee | Grammy's Grid
    June 15, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 19 for Cleaning and Organizing, from my previous linkup for Crafting with Bottles and Jars, open June 15 to 25. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

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    Chris
    April 30, 2021 at 4:44 am

    I just love what you do! you are just so creative!

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      Anita Holland
      May 1, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much 🤩

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