Are you ready to turn glass into metal using craft paint? None of that fancy, expensive stuff, mind you. The cheap stuff you probably already have in your paint stash. And it’s easy to do too. 

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

It took me just over an hour to transform a glass bottle into a gorgeous metal vase. And that includes drying time.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

It’s so perfect for showing off my new, metal arums.

Three gorgeous metal arum lilies

Aren’t they lovely? They’re one of my fav flowers and we’ve shared quite a few craft ideas that involve these exquisite blooms, including this mosaic version and these clay arum lilies.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

Today’s tutorial isn’t about arums, though. It’s about turning glass into metal using ordinary craft paint. But before we get there 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

  • Empty Glass bottle
  • Sandpaper (medium grit)
  • Mod Podge or clear drying PVA glue
  • Sponge
  • Clear sealant spray
  • Craft paint
    • Black
    • Silver
    • Brown
    • Orange (optional)
    • Blue (optional)

The paint doesn’t have to be from the same manufacturer, as long as they are all water-based.

To give a glass bottle a metallic make over you'll need cheap craft paint and mod podge

How to turn glass into metal with craft paint

The trick to giving glass a metallic makeover is layers of paint. This technique uses inexpensive craft paint to create an oxidized, raw metal paint effect. The same technique can be used on other materials including cardboard, plastic and wood.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

Prepping the glass

Before you do anything it’s important to prep the surface, which in my case is a glass bottle. Any dirt or grime will affect the final outcome. Wash the glass bottle in hot soapy water and remove any labels. Leave to dry. Using medium-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the bottle.

Sand the bottle to give the Mod Podge something to grip onto

This step helps roughen up the glass and gives the layers we’ll be adding in a bit something to grip onto.

Sand the bottle to give the Mod Podge something to grip onto

If you’re giving wood or cardboard a metallic makeover you can skip this step. Wipe the glass with vinegar or rubbing alcohol to remove any sanding dust and oily residue.

Wash and clean the bottle and wipe it down with vinegar to get rid of any oily residue

Apply two layers of Mod Podge to the bottle, leaving each layer to dry completely. When applying Mod Podge to glass, I prefer using a clean, dry sponge.

Use a sponge to dab Mod Podge all over the bottle

It doesn’t leave brush marks and adds a slightly rough texture to the final look.

Using a sponge gives the bottle a rough texture

Pro Tip: If you want a brushed metal texture, use a paintbrush and let the brush strokes show.

Craft paint metallic magic

Now comes the exciting part! Giving the glass bottle a metallic makeover with craft paint. Start off by painting the outside of the bottle black.

Use a sponge to dab cheap black craft paint all over the bottle

Once again, I used a sponge for this step. Check that the entire bottle is covered with black paint. Repeat if you missed a spot.

Apply a second layer of black paint if necessary

Allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Water-based craft paint dries really quickly. Next up, gorgeous layers of silver, black and brown. You can add each layer individually or take the easy way out and put big dollops of each color next to each other on a plastic plate. Randomly dip a sponge in the dollops……

Randomly dap your sponge into the paint

….and dab the paint on in a haphazard way.

Load your sponge with brown and silver

You don’t want to cover the black completely. Remember it’s all about the layers.

Leave each layer of craft paint to dry between applications

Keep a piece of metal or image handy as a reference. I used my metal arums as a guide.

One gorgeous metal arum lily

If the paint starts getting tacky, put it to one side and leave it to dry before adding more layers. To create more depth and interest, mix a teeny bit of blue with black and lightly dab it around the edges or over the curves. It mimics the “temper colors” you normally see on raw metal.

Add a tiny drop of vibrant blue to the mix

To add rust spots mix brown and orange. For a detailed rust effect tutorial click here. 

Add brown and orange rust spots

Don’t be scared to build up your layers and play around.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

The goal is to create a worn and weathered metal effect with loads of texture.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

Once you’re happy, and the paint is completely dry, apply a clear spray sealant to protect the metallic makeover and prevent the craft paint from fading over time.

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

And that’s all there is to it. Easy, right 😀

Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

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Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

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Ready to turn trash into treasure? Grab some inexpensive craft paint and join us as we show you how to give a glass bottle a metallic makeover. It’s a quick and easy way to transform any glass containers into stylish decor pieces. The project can be completed in a morning and is suitable for a beginner who loves experimenting. Get the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions at #ACraftyMix

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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