Uses for Empty Wine Bottles – DIY Chalkboard Wine Bottles

Blackboard wine bottles and chalkA couple of months ago I wrote a post on 21 Uses for empty wine bottles around the house and I ended up spending hours and hours on Pinterest, all in the name of research of course.

Since then I have developed a little bit of an addiction to the topic of wine bottle art. Not only do I still browse the thousands of images on Pinterest looking for inspiration but I now refuse to throw out ANY empty wine bottles. As you can image, I have a rather large stock pile of empty bottles now.

Over time I am planning to trial out different arty techniques on these bottles and of course share them with you guys. The first one I decided to tackle was Chalkboard Wine Bottles which can be used as table centre pieces, vases around the house or just a funky looking ornament to add some wine loving quirk to a room.

What you will need:

  • Empty wine bottle
  • Chalkboard paint (I used spray on)
  • Chalk
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic gloves

What to do:

Step 1: Depending on what kind of effect you want the bottles to have you can either leave the labels and caps on for texture or remove these. I trialed both however I definitely liked the 100% smooth bottle at the end.

Blackboard wine bottle

The effect of leaving the label on

To remove the aluminium cap from the bottleneck I used some industrial scissors. Be careful when doing this as the aluminium gets very sharp. Removing aluminium foil from wine bottle To remove the wine bottle labels, pop the wine bottle in a cold oven, set the temperature to 120 degrees celsius for 20 minutes. After this time the labels should peel off super easy.

Step 2: Once you have a clean bottle and it has fully cooled down you’re ready to add the paint! I made sure I laid down plenty of newspaper so I didn’t turn everything in to a chalkboard. I also used plastic gloves as you will get paint everywhere, especially if you use spray paint. After reading various tips on the topic, nearly everyone said that you get a nice smooth finish from spray paint compared to brush on chalkboard paint. Chalkboard painted wine bottles Step 3: The best way to get an all-over even coverage I found was to pop my finger or thumb inside the bottle and gently spin it around as I sprayed on the paint. How to paint wine bottles with chalkboard paintI found it was very important to spin the bottle at a consistent pace and spray the paint on in a gentle fluid motion to get the best coverage. It’s always good to do more bottles than you need, just incase some do turn out a bit iffy. I ended up doing 2 coats on each bottle, with the second coat done fairly soon after the first.

Step 4: I left the boats for 2 or 3 days before I got creative with my chalk. Mainly because I didn’t have time to do it beforehand however I also wanted to make sure they were 100% dry before letting my creative juices go wild on them.

So there you have it folks, I am pretty happy with how the bottles turned out and I’ll definitely be using them to spruce up the table for a dinner party or perhaps use as a funky vase in a room of the house! Wine bottle art chalkboard paint

Grab a glass of wine and let me know what you think...

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