How to Make Your Own Centerpiece Out of Old Wine Bottles

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How to Make Your Own Centerpiece Out of Old Wine Bottles
Empty wine bottles can be decoupaged into a memorable table centpiece for weddings. (wine bottle image by Alistair Dick from

Lush floral centrepieces can add hundreds of dollars to a wedding's decoration budget. A thriftier alternative is to create centrepieces unique to the occasion from old wine bottles. Ask family and friends to set aside their bottles or start your own collection. A trip to a winery or recycling plant can also garner bottles. Découpage them with family photos, romantic sayings, sheet music of favourite songs or pressed flowers. Whatever the taste and interest of the happy couple, it can be reflected in the wine bottle centrepiece.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Empty wine bottles
  • Spray paint
  • Dowel(s)
  • Styrofoam block
  • Photos or objects to be placed on bottle
  • Glue
  • Disposable paint brushes
  • Container
  • Spray polyurethane
  • Fine grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Wash out each bottle with hot soapy water. Be sure to rinse well. Set each bottle upside down to assure all moisture is drained out of the bottle. Wait until each bottle is absolutely dry before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Spray paint each bottle a desired base colour. To get an even coating insert a dowel that is longer than the entire length of the bottle. Turn the bottle upside down. Poke the end of the dowel into the ground or a block of styrofoam.

  3. 3

    Gather materials to be glued on bottles. Since photographs need to flexible to bend around the bottle print them onto copier paper or fabric. Dried flowers work best laid down petal by petal. Use glue to adhere your materials to the bottles as desired.

  4. 4

    Create a découpage medium in a container. It is two parts water to one part glue. Before applying your découpage to each bottle with a brush, lightly mist the bottle with water. This will reduce any possible bubbling that can occur. Let the bottle dry completely -- at least 24 hours. Repeat the process six to seven times.

  5. 5

    Waterproof the découpage, if desired. Spray at least three coats of polyurethane onto each bottle. Let each coat dry completely before spraying on the next.

Tips and warnings

  • If any bubbling does occur after an application of the découpage sand it lightly with a fine grit sandpaper.

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