I like coffee, it is true, but, I am a major coffee snob. I don't do the get up in the morning and brew my own coffee, instead, I'm a high maintenance person that likes her coffee cold and mixed with good things like milk and chocolate. I always diligently recycle them the pretty little glass bottles, but I decided to do something different this time. This is how I turned four little glass coffee bottles into gorgeous paint dipped vases worthy of my flowers blooming this spring.
DIY Paint Dipped Vases
These are the four bottles I am working with. I first had to pull the little adhesive sticker off of them.
The sticker came off fairly easy. I needed to get some sticky stuff left behind off of the glass. I just soaked the bottles in soapy water, then wiped them down. A nice, smooth and clean surface is now ready to become painted.
I have a lot of paint samples on hand. I do a lot of DIY and have a habit of assuming I have the perfect color, only to go back to the store 3 more times for another sample. I eventually make a decision, but I have these small samples and I reuse them on smaller projects like this one.
I poured the contents of the sample color into a red solo cup. The mainstay to any house party is these unless you are a previously confessed DIYer, then these are around for painting projects, like this, or sand sorting which my kids love to do with these cups.
Take one glass bottle and slowly dip it into the paint. The paint will raise up with the weight of the cup. Put the bottle it the paint as far as you want the paint to cover. I was not looking for an evenly straight line. If you want a straight line, use some painters tape to allow the straight line to be done really easily.
Rotate the bottle around so that there is paint on all sides.
Once the bottle is covered, take it out and let it drip inside the cup. Shake the bottle gently to get any drips off.
Set the paint dipped vases on something you don't mind getting a ton of paint on. Pour the unused paint back into the sample containers while you wait for the paint to dry.
I decided to dip the bottles instead of using a brush or even spray paint because I wanted the thick and globbed on look to the paint. I would have had to do a ton of coats of paint to not have brush lines.
Because I set the bottles down and the bottoms of the bottles are painted, I needed to move the bottles quite frequently. This was done to make sure the paint would not dry, crack, cake, or stick to the paper.
If I had kept the painted bottles in one spot the paper would have adhered to the paint and I would have had ripped paper and paint attached to the bottom of the vase. I could not set them upside down because the paint was so thick and wet it would drip and really mess up the look.
I had to move the vases around five times until the paint was dry. I added some Gerber daisies to the vases and was done. This paint dipped vases project took me about 5 minutes to do. Well unless you count the paint drying, which I don't.
I love how these paint dipped vases turned out. They are fun, can fit in with any room.
If I wanted to get really creative I could keep a lot of these glass bottles, maybe 20 or so, and dip paint all of them. Add a few cute straws and you now have a whole set of fun and simple party glasses.
They work great as vases too, because they are small it allows them to work really anywhere in a home, they can be centerpieces without getting in people's sight lines. Or, set up, cleaned out from flower junk, and used as drink glasses. That my friends is called multi-functional!