Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

I looooove to decorate with thrifted and repurposed items.  Why buy something when you can make it with stuff you already have? I hoard save glass bottles, especially those with interesting shapes, to upcycle.  I’ve made faux ceramic decor from wine bottles, an etched oil dispenser, faux sea glass, and pretty gift jars.  I’m back with another recycled glass project today:  beautiful bottle decor!

I had a particular flower design in mind for this project , and I wanted the flower to be durable and lasting. I turned to my trusty Xyron Creative Station Lite to laminate my flower pieces so that they would look like resin or plastic and hold up to wear and tear from use.  Back in the day when I was teaching, I spent a LOT of time at the laminating machine.  I love the alternative that Xyron cold laminating provides, because I don’t have to deal with stinky fumes AND since the laminate is pliable (not stiff like heat laminating) I can curl and bend the petals to create the exact look I want to achieve.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step one:  Make sure the bottle is clean and dry.  Pour a generous amount of the sheer, tinted Mod Podge inside the bottle.  Swirl it around until the bottle’s interior is covered with the tint.  Leave the bottle upside down for a bit to let the excess drain out, then let the Mod Podge dry.

***Tip:  The Mod Podge takes a LONG time to dry.  I’ve had success by placing the bottle inside a cold oven, setting the oven to 250 degrees, and turning it on.  Once the oven has reached 250, set the timer for 15 minutes and let the bottle “bake”.  After the time has passed, turn the oven off but leave the bottle in there.  Let the glass cool completely (it will take at least an hour) before removing it from the oven.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step two:  Cut the flower petal pieces from white card stock.  I used a 3-D flower design from Silhouette Studio and cut it with my Cameo.  You can also use your die cutting machine or cut the pieces by hand.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step three:  Use the laminate cartridge in your Creative Station to laminate the flower pieces.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step four:  Fussy cut the laminated flower pieces.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step five:  Use a round object, like a pencil, to curl the petals.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step six:  Cut a circle from paper or fabric, and use your Xyron to add adhesive to the back.  Attach this circle to the bottle where you want the flower to go.  This will provide a base for gluing the flower petals on.  I used hot glue, which will not adhere well to glass, so I used a fabric base before gluing the laminated petals onto the bottle.

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

Step seven:  Begin gluing the petal layers to the bottle.  Finish it in the center with some glitter or a large decorative gem, like I did.

I love how peppy and cheerful this pretty pink piece of home decor is!  It would add a nice pop of color to a shelf, don’t you think?  Have fun crafting and creating with recyclables!

Beautiful Bottle Decor:  Upcycling Tutorial

This is a sponsored post but all ideas and opinions are my own.

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