I like to recycle and repurpose as much as I can, especially when it comes to craft projects. Sure, I could have gone to the store and bought some vases to do this craft, but instead I used some empty wine bottles I had been saving. I love beach décor and accents, and I had several starfish leftover from a previous project, so making these decorative beach bottles was a given!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but wine bottle crafts are pretty popular right now. Not sure if that’s a piggy back on the mason jar craft craze, or maybe it was around before that? Who knows, maybe there’s just a LOT of wine being consumed and people need ideas for using those empty bottles!
I know I have quite a few in my craft room still, and there will probably always be several in the wings waiting for inspiration.
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As always, full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post. For this project you will need the following supplies:
DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel Paint, White
DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels Paint, Green
DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel Paint, Turquoise
DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel Paint, Brown
DecoArt Texture Glass (available at Michaels and other craft stores)
Toothpicks, plastic spoon, steel wool or scrubber pad
Empty wine bottles, labels removed
Beads in various sizes, natural and coastal colors (these are pretty)
Twine or Hemp Cord
Hot glue gun
I discovered this really cool product called Texture Glass. You apply it with a paintbrush or putty knife then use either texture tools or other items (like toothpicks, a comb, sponge, etc) to add the texture. It dries clear with the awesome texture effect still in place!
I used a paintbrush to apply the Texture Glass. On one bottle I used the round end of a plastic spoon to make scallops, on another toothpicks for lines, and the third I used a scrubber pad to add the texture.
Now you have to be patient and let it dry.
Here’s what they look like when they are almost dry. See how the white has turned clear?
Crystal Gloss Enamels have really pretty colors, but I wanted mine to be a bit more muted and beachy. So I mixed my three colors with white to tone them down a bit.
I painted each bottle and allowed them to dry. Once they were dry I strung various beads onto twine and hot-glued the “bead necklaces” to the bottles then glued the starfish in place. A pretty beach accent for your bathroom, porch or living room!
More beach crafts
If you like coastal decor and beach crafts, check out all of my beach craft ideas here. Otherwise, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites below for you to peruse :)