How to dye the inside of a glass bottle

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How to dye the inside of a glass bottle
Creating a dye-glass look is a fast and easy craft project. (multicolour glass bottles and wase image by Maria Brzostowska from

It can be easy to transform a clear glass bottle into a colourful work of art. All you need is a little creativity and the right paint. To create a dyed-glass look on the inside of a bottle, use an opaque acrylic paint. For a more customised decorative look, tie a raffia ribbon around the finished product and use it as a vase for your favourite artificial flower arrangement.

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Things you need

  • Glass bottle
  • Opaque acrylic paint

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    Choose an acrylic-based craft paint in any colour. The acrylic paint is less likely to wash away if the bottle is going to be used to hold liquids. This is perfect for colouring a vase that will hold cut flowers, but you'll want to be sure to buy a nontoxic version if you plan to drink from this bottle.

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    Paint the glass. Start by pouring about 1 inch of paint into the bottle and swirling it around, spreading the paint on the bottle's sides. Add more paint as needed, 1 inch at a time, until you are able to cover the inside of the entire bottle. Pour any excess paint out of the bottle and discard.

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    Set the bottle to dry. Before you use your coloured glass bottle, you'll want to be sure it is thoroughly dry. To be safe, let the bottle sit for up to three hours before attempting to use it.

Tips and warnings

  • Many paints are not food-safe, so be sure to check the label if you plan to drink from this bottle. Do not use the bottle for anything edible unless you are sure the paint you used is recommended for food and drink.

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