How to Paint Wine Bottles

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We always have an excess of empty wine bottles after throwing a dinner party and it just seems like just a waste to even recycle them. I decided to try my hand at painting wine bottles just for fun.

There are actually many ways to paint wine bottles. The options are endless so I will just cover a few of the more popular ones.

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How to paint wine bottles with acrylic paint

The easiest paint and probably the cheapest to work with is acrylic. I had a lot of acrylic paint sitting around so I decided to give this a try first.

Acrylic works reasonably well on glass but it takes several coats. I had to use 3 to get it to look opaque. It also leaves a textured surface after drying so depending on what look you are trying to achieve, this may or may not be your best option.

I find acrylic paint works best to draw more detailed designs on the wine bottle rather than using it to paint the whole bottle.

I’m ok painting but can’t just randomly paint anything so I decided to make a template out of vinyl.

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The key thing here is to peel the stencil while the paint is still relatively wet. Otherwise, acrylic is polymer based and will just all peel off with the stencil. I just did back to back layers and then peeled within the hour.

This obviously isn’t an issue if you are just free handing the design.

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    How to paint inside wine bottles

    This one is probably the second easiest method to paint wine bottles. It is also my favorite method because it creates a really clean finish on the outside of the bottle.

    You just pour it into the bottle, slosh it around until the entirety of the inside of the bottle is coated, then just wait for it to dry.

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    Keep in mind this works best for white wine bottles because they are clear. Red wine bottles are dark and it will be difficult to see the paint color.

    Craftsmart makes these sets of super affordable acrylic paint assortments that work great for this type of project.

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    What kind of paint to use on glass bottles on the inside

    I like using acrylic paint not because it is any different in aesthetic but mostly for its viscosity and dispenser.

    Chalk paint or any type of wall paint works as well but you have to figure out how to get it into the bottle.

    Acrylic paint usually comes with a narrow nozzle and makes it easy to pour into the wine bottle. I used about 100ml of acrylic paint to coat the inside of 1 bottle.

    I added some dragonfly vinyl decals to this bottle. These templates are also free and available in my resource library.

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    How to paint wine bottles to look like stained glass

    I decided again doing this one because I wanted a more opaque glass look. But here’s a great tutorial on this using Mod Podge.

    For a frosted stained glass, try using this Folk Art Frosted Glass Paint.

    Best Paint for Wine Bottles Beyond Acrylic

    For painting on the outside of a wine bottle, I would recommend just using spray paint. There are many color and metallic finish options.

    I’m not a huge fan of this method because it’s messy and I don’t have an outdoor space to do this.

    Chalk paint also works great for a vintage rustic matte finish. I love this neutrals assortment from FolkArt Paints.

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