My uncle had a beautiful ship in a bottle. I would spend hours staring at all the details and thinking about what the bottled sailor fairies did every day. It was only when I was much older that I started wondering how the ship got inside that bottle. This feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle is based on the same concept. The only difference is I didn’t have to rig up tiny wires to make the throne fit through the bottleneck.

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I did cheat a little to get that throne inside though 😉

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But you’d never be able to tell just by looking at the fantasy bottle.

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Can you guess how it was done? It’s easier than it looks, I promise.

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And when you turn the lights down low, that fantasy bottle casts a magical spell all around.

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Right, before I show you how to make a feathered fairy throne and put it inside a bottle, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

The most important thing when it comes to putting a fairy throne in a bottle is……. well, the bottle 😀 Look for bottles with clear glass sides, without flaws, raised lettering, or permanent labels. Make sure whatever you use has enough space to play around with inside. Lucky for me, I enjoy a good craft gin and had this one lying around.

I used a square gin bottle for my altered bottle

Besides a good bottle you’ll also need:

  • Twigs, moss, and bark offcuts
  • Landscape forest image
  • Superglue
  • Cardboard
  • Feathers
  • Vermiculite
  • Clear glue that’s suitable for glass
  • Florist foam
  • Texture paste

Some of the things I used to make the altered fantasy bottle

Tools

  • Tea strainer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezer
  • Glass cutter. I used my Dremel with a diamond blade.

How to make a feather fairy throne in a fantasy bottle

Prepping the bottle

Rinse out the bottle and remove the label.

Remove the label from the bottle

Any time you work in a teeny, tiny space make a cardboard template of your work area to use as a guide. To make the template, trace around the bottom and backside of the bottle.

Trace around the bottom and sides of the bottle to create a template

Cut the template out and adjust taking into account the thickness of the glass and where the bottle will be cut. I’ll be cutting my bottle at the top where the blue tape is in the piccy below. Glue or tape the cardboard bottom to the side to create your work area.

Make a template of the bottle

Using a Dremel (or similar multi-tool) with a diamond blade cut the top of the bottle off. If your bottle is round, I would suggest using this simple jig to help with cutting. Since mine was square, I didn’t have to worry about the bottle rolling around. Please remember to wear the appropriate safety gear and spritz water over the bottle to prevent the glass dust from flying all over the place.

Use a multi-tool and diamond blade to cut the top of the bottle off

Don’t worry too much about cutting the perfect straight line. When we glue it back together later those wobbly edges give the glue more grip. Lightly sand any sharp points down with a tile file or a stone.

Use tile sandpaper to sand away any rough edges

Rinse the bottle out to get rid of any glass shards and clean thoroughly to remove fingerprints or oily marks. Leave to dry before adding the image.

Adding the fantasy forest image

You can use any image you choose to create the background. I picked this stunning forest scene in Germany that I downloaded from Envato.

Forest scene downloaded from Envato.com

Resize the image so it fits around the back and two sides of the bottle. Print the image out and modge podge it onto the outside of the bottle.

Modge podge the image onto the back and sides of the bottle

I found it best to apply a medium layer of mod podge all over the bottle before applying the image and smoothing thoroughly with a finger wrapped in cling film or a brayer.

Modge podge the image onto the back and sides of the bottle

Once the mod podge dries, paint the back of the image white to block the light and protect the image. Put the bottle to one side to dry and make the fairy throne.

Paint over the image to seal and block out light

Making the feathered fairy throne

Grab a piece of sturdy cardboard and cut out a half circle for the seat of the fairy throne.

Cut a small half circle cardboard seat

Test fit the size of the throne using the cardboard work area template to make sure it’s not too big.

Test fit the throne on the cardboard template

Use thin strips of dried bark and glue them onto the cardboard seat. If you don’t have any bark strips you can paint the seat or get creative with some texture paste.

Glue small strips of bark onto the cardboard

Glue another thin strip of bark to the front of the seat to cover the wavy cardboard lines.

Use a thin strip of bark to disguise the front of the cardboard

Cut three (or four if you’re that way inclined 😉 ) equally sized legs for the throne from a twig and glue them to the bottom of the cardboard seat.

Cut a twig into 3 or 4 equally sized pieces to make the legs

You should end up with something like this.

Glue the twigs onto the bottom of the piece of cardboard

Cut a small half-circle from plastic. I just used the lid of a takeaway dish. This half-circle will form a sturdy back for the throne and support the feathers which you need to glue on.

Cut a half-circle for the back of the throne

If you look very carefully you can just see the plastic backing under the feathers in the second picture. Continue gluing feathers to the plastic back until you’re happy with the look. Trim the bottom of the feathers and glue them to the seat. Place the throne on the cardboard work area template and trace around the bottom.

Trace around the bottom of the feathered fairy throne

Use the outline as a guide and glue on a few twig trees.

Glue the twig trees down on a piece of cardboard

Test fit the feathered throne using the cardboard template and trim the twigs or add more if need be.

Place the throne on the cardboard template before gluing down the twigs

Almost there 😀 Fairy queens need armrests. To make some armrests for the throne I used tendrils from a vine. Just cut and glue into place.

Use tendrils to make arm rests for the feathered fairy throne

Glue the tendril armrests on

Putting the fantasy bottle scene together

The image I used as a backing for this fantasy scene in a bottle had leaves strewn all over the forest floor. From past experience building miniatures, vermiculite is perfect for mimicking dry leaves or tiny stones.

Vermiculite makes great miniature dried leaves for fairy gardens

For a scene this small you just need to squish the vermiculite through a tea strainer to make the bits finer.

Squish the vermiculite through a tea strainer

Modge podge or glue the vermiculite “leaves” down in amongst the twig trees.

Glue down the crushed vermiculite "leaves"

Once the cardboard is completely covered glue on a few mossy bushes. Keep the area where the throne will go free.

Add some mossy shrubs

My bottle had a beveled bottom so to make sure the throne wouldn’t wobble once it was inside, I cut a piece of florist foam and glued the vermiculite leaf-strewn forest floor on top. Use some of the vermiculite leaves and moss to disguise the front of the foam.

Use florist foam to stop the floor from wobbling

And finally, glue the fairy throne down on the forest floor.

Glue the feathered fairy throne down

Just for fun, I made the smallest fairy books ever.

A collection of teeny, tiny books that will go inside the altered bottle

Aren’t they adorable? Tiny things get lost very quickly around here so I glued the books onto the fairy throne.

Glue the books down on the fairy throne

I’ve been told fairy queens are very well-read and she can just wave her magic wand when she wants them unstuck. 😉

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Make sure everything is glued down and that the glue has had time to cure properly before proceeding to the next step. Just a word of warning when using superglue. The curing vapors or fumes from Super Glue will attach themselves to any surface creating a foggy effect. So, make very sure your inside bits are fully dry and cured before adding them to the bottle and sealing everything up. I left my little fairy throne for a whole week, just in case.

A close up of a stack of tiny books on the feathered fairy throne

Putting everything inside the bottle

Now to get all those bits and pieces inside the bottle. Clean the inside glass really, really, really well.

Clean the glass really well with alcohol wipes or acetone

The last thing you want when you seal this baby up is to find a big fat fingerprint stuck on the glass. Carefully slip the feathered fairy throne into the bottle.

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Double-check for dust or fingerprints and wipe again if necessary. If you look carefully at the picture, you can see a few small bits of dust on the glass and fairy throne. They will be soooo noticeable once you’re done, so it’s best to make very sure before closing the bottle. Once you’re happy, glue the top of the bottle on using clear glue that’s suitable for glass. I used Prately’s Quickset clear but E6000 should also work. Leave to dry.

Glue the cut top of the bottle back on

When the glue dries, you can finish up the outside. I chose to create an arch through which the fantasy forest and feathered fairy throne can be viewed. To make the arch I used air dry clay and built the arch directly on the bottle.

Use clay to make a stone arch on the altered bottle

Wait for the clay arch to dry before gluing it onto the bottle. I applied a layer of texture paste over the rest of the bottle keeping the small arch window free.

Apply the texture paste onto the bottle

Once the texture paste was dry, I painted the arch and the rest of the bottle, using water-down brown and green craft paint.

Mask off the glass and paint the stones

Feel free to dress up the outside of the bottle with whatever you have in your craft cupboard. You can even mod podge a gorgeous napkin or image onto the outside of the bottle.

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

Just experiment and have fun. Oh, and keep the top of the bottle sealed while you work.

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

It would be a catastrophe if a big dollop of texture paste or paint lands on the fairy throne 😀

Hiding the battery pack

While I love cork fairy lights, I’m not a big fan of the cork bit. It looks plastic 😀

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

Easy enough to solve if you have a drill, 22 spade bit, and a broken salt and pepper shaker. Just drill a large hole in the bottom of the broken shaker and pop the battery pack inside. A wooden doorknob would probably work too.

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

So much better right?

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

That salt and pepper shaker finishes her off perfectly.

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

And when you want to turn the lights on or off, just remove the modified salt and papper shaker and flip the switch.

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

The fantasy bottle makes a great night light……

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

And makes you wonder once again how did that fairy throne get inside?

Welcome, fairy lovers! I had so much fun creating this feathered fairy throne in a fantasy bottle after seeing altered bottles in my Pinterest feed. It lights up and once I had everything figured out, it was really easy to make too. #ACraftyMix #AlteredBottle

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