Asian Style Recycled Decoupaged Wine Bottle Paper Craft

  • 01 of 05

    How to Decoupage a Recycled Wine Bottle into a Beautiful Work of Art

    Decoupage blue and white wine bottle
    Photo: Rita Shehan

    I love the challenge of working with objects that would usually go into the waste basket,  finding a new purpose for them. It is fun turning trash into treasure! Repurposing a glass wine bottle into a vase is a wonderful way to make a decorative item for our home while being kind to the earth at the same time.

    This beautiful Asian styled vase is easy to make but does take some time because of the drying time in between steps. They results are well worth the wait! You can download the clip art I...MORE provide and make your glass bottle vase like mine or incorporate your designs or clip art into the project. So find those empty bottles that are all over your house and get crafting!

    *A quick tip. If you are planning to use your artwork or clipart make sure to stay with the dark blue and white color theme. This combination produces stunning results.


    Supplies Needed:

    • One leftover wine bottle
    • Zinsser oil based primer spray (optional)
    • White Spray Paint
    • painting respirator
    • Decoupage Asian style printables (download here)
    • Sponge brush
    • Left over cardboard or plastic to use as a drop cloth
    • Decoupage Medium
    • Clear Acrylic Craft Spray
    • Scissors
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  • 02 of 05

    Remove the Wine Labels from Bottles with Soap and Water

    painted and unpainted wine bottles
    Photo: Rita Shehan

    1. Soak the wine bottle in soapy water until the labels are soft, and then gently peel off and remove.

    2. Wash the bottle with dishwashing soap to remove any left over glue and paper label bits. Allow the washed bottle to dry thoroughly.

    3. Place the bottle on some extra cardboard or a plastic drop cloth outside.

    4. Spray the bottle with Zinnser Spray Primer. A spray primer is only necessary if you are using a spray paint that is not formulated to adhere to glossy surfaces.Skip the primer if your...MORE paint is formulated for glass surfaces.

    5. Let the painted wine bottle dry for at least an hour.

    6. Spray the bottle with one coat of white spray paint. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour and then spray on another coat. Make sure to use light spray coats to avoid paint drips.

    7. The bottle should be dry to touch within two hours, and cured within 24 hours.

    *A word of caution. Make sure to use spray paint and primer in a well-ventilated area. It is preferable to do all of your spray painting outside. Wear an art respirator for extra precaution while using chemical spray products.

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  • 03 of 05

    Download and Print Out Your Floral Clip Art Patterns

    decoupage chinese floral prints
    Photo: Rita Shehan

    8. Download the pdf form of floral printables. The artwork is originally part of the Photoshop brush collection called Stylized Flower and is available for personal and commercial use.


    9. If you like them and want to download the Photoshop brushes you can find them here. If you wish to use the modified printables that I offer for download you can find them here.


    10. Print the artwork on a laser printer; Inkjet print will smear when applying the cutouts to the bottle with mod podge.


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  • 04 of 05

    Cut Out Your Art With a Scissors or Craft Knife

    Chinese flower decoupage silhouette
    Rita Shehan

    11. Cut the artwork with scissors designed for precision cutting. The scissors should have a smaller blade, and fit your hand well, enabling you to make a minor cut with accuracy. You can also use a craft knife if you wish.

    12. Decide where you want to place glue the cut artwork or clipart onto the bottle.

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  • 05 of 05

    Spread Decoupage Medium Over Your Art With a Foam Brush

    decoupage wine bottle
    Rita Shehan

    13. Brush decoupage medium over the cut artwork, and place on the desired area of the bottle.

    14. Use your fingers to spread the paper and flatten.

    15. Allow the bottle to dry, and then apply another layer of decoupage medium.

    16. Allow the bottle to dry for at least 24 hours, and then spray with acrylic craft sealer

    17. The bottle is now a beautiful vase that can be filled with flowers.

    This vase is to be used strictly for decorative purposes. Do not immerse it in water. Wipe with a wet cloth and...MORE dust the vase regularly to keep it clean!