How to Paint on Bottles

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How to Paint on Bottles
Custom-painted bottle decor (two bottles on a roadway image by YURY MARYUNIN from

Painted bottles can add decoration to your home. If you are a home brewer, painted bottles can also protect your beer. Whatever your reason for wanting to paint on bottles, it is a craft project that you can easily tackle at home. Depending on your use, you can either paint a design onto the bottle or dip the entire bottle in paint and choose to add a design.

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Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard, newspaper or sheets of art paper
  • Primer spray
  • Spray paint
  • Clear plastic sheet protectors
  • Exacto knife or scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear-coat spray paint

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  1. 1

    Soak your bottles in warm water so you can scrape off the labels and easily scrub the label glue from the bottles.

  2. 2

    Tape off the lip of the bottle. If you intend to drink from the bottles, tape off the lip of the bottle to protect the area where your mouth meets the bottle from the paint. If the bottle is full and has a cap, then tape off the cap as well.

  3. 3

    Place the bottle on top of a piece cardboard, newspaper or art paper in a well-ventilated area.

  4. 4

    Spray the bottle with primer paint. Allow the primer to dry according to the instructions on the spray can.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the bottle your chosen colour. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Create a custom stencil by cutting shapes, letters or designs with the clear protector sheets and an exacto knife or scissors.

  7. 7

    Tape the stencil to the area on the bottle where you want to paint on the design. Spray paint a different colour than the bottle colour into the opening of the stencil, or use acrylic paint to fill in the design. If you can freehand-paint, then you do not need to use the stencil. Remove the stencil from the bottle. Be careful not to touch or smudge the wet paint.

  8. 8

    Allow the paint to dry overnight.

  9. 9

    Spray the finished bottle with a clear coat of spray paint, which is also polyurethane. This is a protective coat that helps to prevent the paint design from chipping over time.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not wash painted bottles in the dishwasher because this will damage the design. You can hand-wash the bottles with warm, soapy water, and then allow to air-dry on a towel.

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