LIFESTYLE: Gold Glitter Wine Bottle DIY

Thursday, February 11, 2016

This past Tuesday (February 9th), I turned 32! To celebrate my birthday, I planned a Gatsby themed party at The Boulevardier that was held on the 5th.  There will be quite a few posts about my birthday weekend coming up, but first I wanted to share how I created some of the centerpieces for my party: Gold Glitter Wine Bottles!  I wanted all ostrich feather centerpieces but when I realized just how expensive ostrich feathers can be, I looked for some other options. That's how I stumbled across glitter wine bottles. What better to represent the 1920s than glitter and wine? However, I've never made anything like these before, and after a few google/youtube videos/ask a friend inquiries, I created these masterpieces with a mashup of all the information I gathered. You can definitely google these and you'll find a million different ways to make them, but this is how I did it! What you'll need to complete this DIY  my way:

Shoutout to Leena Vuor for helping me gather some Wine Bottles and to Woodwork Wine!
  1. Empty Wine Bottles - Varying shapes 
  2. Goo-Gone
  3. Gold Spray Paint/Primer in One - Rustoleum Pure Gold Metallic Paint & Primer in One
  4. Elmer's Glue Adhesive Spray
  5. Fine Gold Glitter
  6. Mod Podge Lustre
  7. Sponge paint Brush
  8. Paper Towels
  9. String of White Pearl Beads
  10. Scissors
  11. Painter's Tape
  12. Pack of black feathers
Step 1 - Remove Wine Labels
Unlike semi-permanent epoxy, the epoxy that is used to adhere wine labels to the glass seems to be indestructible. Instead of taking forever trying to scrape it off, try submerging the bottles in boiling water and letting them sit for an hour. The heat and water help with the removal of the labels. I just used hot water in the tub, but I think boiling water off of the stove would have worked better. 

Step 2 - Residue Removal
Even with the soak, there will still be some glue left on the bottles. Put a dab or two of Goo-Gone on a paper towel and wipe off the bottle. Just a little Goo - Gone goes a long way so be moderate with the amount you use!  To remove the slippery feeling from the goo-gone I rinsed the outside of the bottles with water and dried with a paper towel. Spray painting works best when the surface is free of debris.

Step 3 - Spray Paint
You have the option of buying a separate primer spray paint, but I'm all about all-in-one. The can of paint I recommend is this one by Rust-Oleum that comes with the primer included. Unless you are in a heavily vented room with open windows, I don't recommend spray painting inside. The mist carries further than you expect, and the fumes are pretty strong. I spray painted outside. At the time when I was ready to spray paint, I didn't have any old newspapers but I did have some old poster board. I would recommend finding newspaper to spread out as much as you can because the mist definitely travels and the newspaper will cover more surface area for protection. I also don't recommend spray painting at night; even with an outdoor light. I did my first layer at night with the light on, and "thought" I had great coverage but the next day when I expected the bottles I had tons of gaps! I also ran out of spray paint. One can isn't enough for 7 wine bottles! The next day (during daylight hours and picking up some more paint) I went back and did a second coat and the bottles looked much better!

After day 2, 2nd coat
Step 4 - Glitter
I definitely let the wine bottles sit over night before I started on the glitter step. If you're in a hurry you can probably get away with waiting a few hours or so for the spray paint to dry. I wanted my bottles to vary with the location of the glitter, so I used a paper towel to cover the areas of each wine bottle that I didn't want to be glittered and loosely secured the papertown with painters tape. The good thing about painters tape is it removes easily, so I was able to keep adjusting the paper towel for each bottle with one piece of tape and one paper towel.

Guys, there's no way around this step being messy and sticky. I tried to mitigate as much as I could but SPRAY glue and glitter? Imagine. I contained most of the glitter in the bowl, but the spray can go a little far. I tried to spray lightly and spin the bottle to cover the area I wanted covered in glitter, but It still got a little far. Once the bottles were sprayed, I dipped them in the bowl of glitter and sprinkled the glitter and spun the bottles.

Step 5 - Seal Glitter
If  you've ever worked with glitter before you know it gets everywhere and I knew even with the adhesive spray that glitter would fall off of these bad boys like crazy...until I discovered Mod Podge. Mod Podge is basically glue that drys clear. Mod Podge is easier to maneuver with a sponge paint brush instead of the bristle one  especially when covering glitter. I covered all the areas with glitter with mod podge and when it dried later, it was clear and the glitter was sealed! No more glitter on the floor!

Step 6: Accessorize
Feel free to stop at any of the steps. If all you want is spray painted bottles, those looked amazing as well. Or if you want to stop after the glitter step, you're event will look amazing! However, since my party was a Gatsby party, I wanted to add some 1920s pinache: feathers, and beads! This was easy with the mod  podge. I put a little mod podge on the back of the feathers and stuck them to the bottles and then I cut lengths of the string of pearls to wrap around the necks of the wine bottles! I tried to do each bottle differently.

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