Re-purpose Your Fresh From Florida Wine Bottles
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Kristopher under Wine|
So I found a couple of wine bottles and decided to make a little project out of it. This is a great idea for any old Fresh From Florida wine bottles that you have lying around. It’s a quick, simple way to reuse the old bottles without just tossing them out.
As you can see in the picture to the right, I’ve got
- 3 wine bottles
- 3 colors of paint
- A squirt bottle
- a small glass of water
I also have an old piece of cardboard so that I don’t get paint all over the surface I’m working on. For the paint, I just used some old indoor paint samples that I had lying around.
Prepare your bottles
- Fill the bottles with warm water and put them in a large pot or bucket of warm, soapy water. Let them soak for a while. (This depends on how much time you have; I let them soak overnight.)
- After soaking, peel the labels off the bottles. If they don’t peel right off, use a fingernail or a spoon to get the majority of it off. If the sticky residue still doesn’t want to let go, just a semi-stiff bristle brush and use the warm soapy water to clean it off.
Now here’s a very important step that I underestimated when I started the first bottle: Be sure that the inside of the bottle is COMPLETELY dry before you add the paint. If not, the paint may not stick to the inside of the bottle. (I found this out the hard way…I suggest you just take my word for it and dry the bottles/let them dry). If you’re impatient like me and/or forgot to give yourself enough time to let the bottles dry thoroughly, stick them in the oven at 150°F for about 25-30 minutes, or until they’re dry. Be sure to check them every so often and pull them out if they’re dry. Once the bottles are dry, pull them out of the oven and let them air-dry for about 10 minutes or until they’re cool to the touch.
And now on to the fun!
Carefully pour the paint into the squirt bottle and add just a little bit of water.
Plug the top and give it a shake! Be sure to mix the paint well so that it will flow smoothly around the bottle.
Now, just squeeze the paint into the bottle and start swirling/spinning. To cover the neck of the bottle, I simply covered the top with my hand tightly and dumped it over. Watch out for paint drips on the outside of your bottle if you do it this way.
Look at the difference in color before and after the paint hits the inside of the bottle! →
I decided to use two different colors, a light blue for the clear bottle and white for the darker bottles. The yellow-ish bottle looked great with the white, but the darker bottle just got darker. So I decided to try something different.
Since the bottle was still pretty dark, even with the white paint on the inside, I started running paint around the top of the bottle and as you can see, it ran down in stripes. I just kept adding little bits of paint until it reached the bottom of the bottle.
For the first two bottles, be sure to shake/reapply the paint to the walls of the bottle a couple times. They’ll look better if they have a thicker coat of paint to cover any misses from the first coat.
And here you have it, a way to redecorate and recycle those old “Fresh From Florida” wine bottles! Check out the final product below. Let me know in the comments what you think about the idea and what you’ve done with your leftover wine bottles!