If I didn’t have to wait for things to dry, they would have been done in 5 minutes flat.
Aren’t they lovely?
But they really shine when the lights are turned down low. Simply gorgeous.
That warm glow gets me every time and they’re perfect for this month’s “Bottled Up” Int’l Blogger’s Club challenge. You’ll be able to see a whole bunch of other bottle-inspired projects at the end of this tutorial. So make sure you stick around. I promise it’s worth it.
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What you need
- Glass bottles with lids
- Frosted glass spray paint
- Metallic tattoos (affiliate link at the end of the post)
- Round beads
- Gold spray or craft paint (Optional)
- Double sided tape
For the little light inside the bottles, I used these balloon lights.
How to make glass bottle lights with gold accents
Wash the glass bottles in warm, soapy water to remove any dirt or grease marks. Rinse and leave to dry completely. Wipe the bottles with a paper towel and a little bit of white vinegar to get rid of any soapy residue and set them aside to air-dry. Shake the frosted glass spray can really well and lightly spray the bottles.
One light spray should be enough. Wait the required 10 minutes for the paint to dry completely.
Spray the cork lids and round beads at the same time.
While you wait for the paint to dry, have a look at the tattoos and figure out which ones will work best for your bottles. If your temporary golden tattoos came on a sheet with several others, you’ll need to cut out the ones you’ll be using. Be careful not to cut into the tattoo.
Peel off the clear backing sheet and place the image face down onto the bottle. Gently press a damp cloth over the tattoo paper and hold for about 1 minute.
Carefully lift one corner to check if the tattoo has transferred onto the bottle. If the image isn’t stuck down properly, place the damp cloth over the paper for a few more seconds. If all looks good peel the paper off completely.
How do I remove the tattoo if I made a mistake?
If you’re not happy with the tattoo placement. Rub the bottle with some baby oil. It will remove both the tattoo and the frosted glass paint. Remember to wash the bottles again before starting over.
You may notice a small, almost see-through edge around the tattoo which is very annoying, but really easy to fix.
Just wait for the tattoo to dry completely, before giving the bottle another coat of frosted spray paint. To finish off, glue the round bead on top of the cork lid and use some double-sided tape to attach the balloon light to the underside.
And that’s it. No worries, no fuss. These little glass bottle lights with gold accents look beautiful no matter where you display them.
And to keep with the simple beauty of this craft idea, I just added some driftwood and a potted aloe to the mix.
But these beauties come into their own when you turn those little bottle lights on.
The glass bottle lights with gold accents make lovely gifts for someone special too. Or you can use them as table decor at a special event.
Just imagine a whole bunch of these on the lighting up the mantle or a romantic night.
Isn’t that tattoo detail exquisite?
And when you want to turn the lights off, just remove the lid and switch off the balloon light.
If you like the idea of making gorgeous glass bottle lights with gold accents, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.
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Want to see some more “Bottled Up’ craft ideas?
- Bird of a Feather turned a bottle into a beautiful air plant holder with the help of a few knots
- An altered mixed media bottle that looks like it came straight out of the Pirates of the Carribean made by Anita
- Luminous Tiki Torches to light the way from Marianne Songbird
- Interior Frugalista upcycled the soda bottles into the cutest bunnies just in time for Easter
- 20-minute bottle lights by yours truly
- I know our feathered friends are going to want one of these wine bottle bird feeders made by Kippi at Home
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Different types of balloon lights
Or if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.