Ideas to Decorate a Water Bottle

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorate your water bottle to make it distinctive from other people's bottle and to create a personal style statement. You can decorate your water bottles with stickers, paint and paper cutouts. If you use the right adhesive, your decorations will stay in place, no matter how often you use the bottle.

Vinyl Stickers

Personalise your water bottle with vinyl stickers that fit your activities and interests. For example, if you primarily use your water bottle on hikes, select nature stickers to decorate the bottle with. Cut around the vinyl sticker, press it against the plastic bottle and rub it on with a craft stick. After you've added the stickers, cover them with découpage glue to protect the finish and hold them in place. Découpage glue goes on white but dries clear. You can also use clear plastic packing tape to protect the vinyl stickers.


Cut out small images from your favourite photos or magazines to decorate your water bottle with a collage. Cover a small area of the bottle with découpage glue. Press the cutouts into the glue, and then smooth the glue over the paper with a paint sponge. Work in small sections so that the glue will not dry before you add the images. You can cover the entire water bottle with a collage or place random groupings around the circumference of the bottle.

Ribbon Stripes

Add a few ribbon stripes to decorate a water bottle with a pop of colour. Cut strands of ribbon to fit around the water bottle. Select different widths of ribbons in coordinating colours to create the stripes, or overlap wide ribbon strips to add design interest. Glue the ribbons in place with découpage glue. Make sure to cover the ribbons with the découpage glue to protect them against water damage.

Stained Glass Paint

Paint your water bottle with stained glass paint to create a decorative bottle that resembles a stained glass window. Use a permanent marker to create the lead lines around the circumference of the bottle; you'll be painting inside the lead line outlines. You can also use liquid leading to create the lines, but the surface of the lines will be elevated, which might affect your grip. There's no right or wrong way to design your stained glass window; you can section the water bottle with the lead lines any way you like. Fill in between the lines with stained glass paint. After the paint dries, seal the paint with clear paint sealer or polyurethane spray.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.