10.17.2011

DIY: Etched Glass Bottle

How was your weekend? Mine was great--I went to visit my fam and had a pre-bday celebration. I crossed a few items off my Autumn Bucket List too. I ended up getting the curling wand I wanted from my Birthday Wishlist! Thanks, fam!


As any long-time reader of my blog knows, I love to entertain...I love it. I enjoy hosting guests and hosting parties, and when I do those, I try to make even the smallest things special. Take, for example, the small act of serving water at dinner or a party. Instead of just having guests get a bottle of water from the fridge, I want to take it up a notch. See how I did it below:

MATERIALS:

  • empty, clean,wine bottle 
  • etching cream
  • exacto knife
  • stencil (use one pre-made with a design or but and make your own)
  • masking or painter's tape
  • small paint brush (foam or bristle)
METHOD:
  • Acquire a wine bottle--I bought mine, but if not a drinker, don't worry! Plenty of businesses do wine tastings--ask them to save you a bottle for free!
  • Clean the wine bottle and soak to remove labels. If that doesn't work, try rubbing alcohol to remove labels.
  • Choose a design for your stencil--stencils can be pre-made or you can make your own, like I did. I found a font I liked, printed it out on paper, and traced onto a stencil. I used a green Sharpie just so you could see the tracing better.
  • Here it is traced. Notice I was over tracing "water" and just did a "w!" ;)
  • Using an exacto knife, or some sharp something that cuts through plastic, cut out the design.
  • Take stencil and tape to bottle.

  • Using brush, apply a heavy coat of etching cream over design.
  • If your stencil is pre-made, wait 1 minute. These types of stencils are self-adhesive as well. If you made  your own, like mine, wait at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse off and remove tape & stencil.
with water
without water
  • Allow to dry and enjoy! Use a funnel to help add water.
MORE IDEAS:
Not a fan of water? Try these ideas:
  • soda (be careful it doesn't overflow!)
  • alcohol
  • kool-aid
  • tea
  • lemonade
  • sparkling water
  • flavored water:
    • lemon
    • lime
    • lemon & lime
    • lemon & basil
    • orange
    • pineapple
    • berries
    • mint
    • ginger
    • cucumber
  • more wine bottle ideas
What have you DIYed lately?



45 comments:

  1. I havent done a DIY since my wedding...but this looks really cool and easy to do!

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  2. What a great idea! Looks wonderful.

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  3. I'm going to do this. I haven't done it for years. Thanks for reminding me about how great a look this is. Love your W font, Elle. Have a good week.

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  4. Glad you had a nice weekend....love this bottle, so very creative!!!
    xo

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  5. this is a great diy! i really need to start doing more of these types of projects.

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  6. pinned, pinned, pinned on my pinterest. Imma gonna do tons of wine bottles! :)

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    enter my Shabby Apple giveaway

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  7. I am so, so doing this...once I become crafty.

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  8. Great DIY!!!! Totally saving this for later! have a grt week!

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  9. Totally neat and much more do-able than I predicted!

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  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! And this etching ideas is fabulous!! I am definitely going to try this!
    Have a great week!
    xo Steph

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  11. Whaaaaat?! I had NO IDEA it was simple to do this! Etching cream?! Never heard of it - and now I want to try! :) Thanks for the great idea! Nice work.

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  12. this is perfect...i love jars, collect them sometimes. this would be a great finishing touch to some of them!

    [oomph.]

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  13. That's so awesome! You're really inspiring me to get my DIY on :)

    xoxo

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  14. Elle,

    You are so talented I can't wait to try this!!


    www.iwouldsorockthis.blogspot.com

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  15. Cute! I love when restaurants give you your own water carafe. I like to keep everyone's glasses filled!

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  16. that's such a cool DIY... live the spin on the water bottle!

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  17. Love this idea. I want to do a "Thanks" jar for november and write down things we are thankful for. The etching would be perfect for that.

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  18. What a beautiful way to add a personal touch to a party! I wish I had your flair for entertaining!

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  19. That is so cute! And boy do I have some empty wine bottles around from all my partying like a rockstar around here....

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  20. Elle this is SO awesome! I love it, seriously I think I have to try this out because it's perfect for the upcoming holidays!

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  21. That's so clever! I'm gonna use this idea.

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  22. That is amazing. I really want to make this!

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  23. That's a far out idea and it looks so good. Better than what you get in some shops

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  24. that is SO cute!!!! Omg, I really love it. Granted, I am fairly certain if I did that that it would look like the worst thing in the entire world because I have sausage fingers but words can't express how amazing I think this is and adorable.

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  25. Very cool! I've been meaning to try etching!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :o)

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

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  26. Happy Birthday it was my DH birthday on the weekend too. YOu are a clever cookie, I haven't done any DIY lately, need to pull my finger out.

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  27. EEEKKK love this!! We just did two new crafts on our page! Hope you checked them out... they are pretty cute! Happy Birthday!! <3

    Jackie

    an-enchantedevening.blogspot.com

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  28. What a great DIY.. totally want to etch something now, ha.

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  29. Happy belated birthday!! And keep buying Sutter Home wine (it's one of the brands my hubby sells; he's a wine distributor). Hope your birthday was everything you hoped for!!

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  30. I saw your comment and needed to see your etched version...Actually, I think this was the first post I saw on your blog. The carafe is very classy I might add!

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