Anchor Beach Bottle

Here in Ohio the rain is finally slowing down and the snow is hopefully gone for the year. I am getting very excited for summer and the nice weather. I am a beach bum on the inside and I just love summer. The hot sun, bright colors, and fun out door activities are just some of the reason I love summer. I feel like when the weather gets nice its the perfect time for DIYs. I can go outside and get messy with my projects and get my creative juices flowing.

In the spirit of my inner self I made these beach bottles. They work well as a pair but also look good independently. I feel like when I make bottles that less is more. I find my simple bottles turn out better than the ones that I try to make really detailed. I also find that my bottles that looks the best are just the spur of the moment ideas that I make and don’t put a lot of planning into. My anchor bottle is one of those spur of the moment bottles. I found this anchor fabric in one of my craft boxes and threw this bottle together quickly one day.IMG_1073

What you will need:

  • a glass bottle
  • rubbing alcohol
  • white primer
  • brown and white paint
  • spong
  • hot glue
  • fabric or ribbon
  • sea shell

Directions

First your going to clean and prime your bottle.

Then take your brown paint and make is into a light tan color. This will be the base color for your “sand” on the bottle. Apply a thin coat with your sponge. I chose brown because I wanted it to look like sand to match my beach theme. You could use any paint color you would like.

Once the entire bottle is covered. Add more brown paint to your tan to create a darker tan color. Again your going to sponge that on your bottle but more spread out so that your just adding shadows into your base coat.

Once your paint is completely dried your going to apply your fabric or ribbon. I chose anchors because I was doing a beach theme but you could use any color or pattern you would like. Since mine was fabric not ribbon I folded over three ended so you would not see the raw edge of the fabric.

I did not worry about turning over one end of my fabric because I would be over lapping the other end and did not want to create bulk. Next your going to glue your fabric or ribbon to your bottle. I used hot glue and just gradually worked my way around the bottle glueing the fabric down.

After the entire fabric was attached all I had to do was apply my sea shell. Once again you could leave the shell off or add any extra shape or decoration you would like.

Thats all there is to it. It is a simple bottle and very easy to make. I had all my supplies in my craft room and it did not take long to make. I didn’t put my layers of paint on thick so it dried very quickly and I was able to do every step almost immediately after the previous one. This bottle took me maybe an hour and a half from beginning to end.

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Chalk Board Bottles

The chalk board trend has slowed down but I think these bottles would be the perfect addition to any room. Another cute idea would be to add chalk board paint to other types of containers to make labeling easy. (the pictures below are from Pinterest)

Im sorry! I know I said this would be posted yesterday but life happened and I was not able to get it up. Better late than never though. So today I am going to tell you how I made these three chalk board bottles. I made these a while ago so I don’t have as many step by step instructions as I usually do. These are very simple to make but came out very cute. If you have any questions about how I made them or would like pictures please feel free to comment or email me and I would be more than happy to help you. IMG_1105What you will need for these bottles is
-wine bottles
-Chalk board paint
-paint brush or sponge
-painters tape
-decorations of your choosingIMG_1111

The first bottles I am going to explain the one on the far left in the picture above. First your going to clean your bottle and remove the label. Next your going to prime the bottle with rubbing alcohol. Then your going to use your painters tape to mark off the area that you want to have chalk board paint. Lastly your going to paint that area with your chalk board paint. I painted it by hand and did not use any spray primer. I had to do a couple coats. Then when I applied the final coat before it dried I took the tape off. The edges of my paint were not perfect and I like the way it looks. You could easily go back and touch up the edges after you take the tape off if you want nice clean edges.IMG_1114

For the other two bottles I used almost the same process. It was still very simple. For these bottles you clean them and wipe them off with rubbing alcohol. I did not prime them with paint but I highly recommend it. I found since I didn’t prime and I was painting by hand the paint was streaky. Also when I went back to apply the second coat I had a problem with the first coat of paint rubbing off. All you have to do is paint the whole bottle with the chalk board paint. After it has completely dried you apply the decorations of your choice or even leave them plain for maximum chalk board space.IMG_1113

For my flower bottle I used a flower that I had on my wall for decoration. It was just layers of fabric that was cut into the shape of a flower then I added a gem in the middle to hold it all together. I placed the flower where I wanted it on the bottle and applied it with E6000 craft glue. I had to lay the bottle on its side and I used books to prevent it from rolling as it dried. Then for the anchor bottle all I did was buy some thin twine. I got my anchor from the jewelry section of Pat catans. It is for a necklace and actually twist apart so you can put beads on it. I just wrapped my twine around the neck of the bottle a few times and added my anchor before tying a knot.IMG_1112These bottles are very simple and do not take long. I loved the way they turned out. There are so many different ways you could decorate a bottle that the possibilities are endless. Next I am going to tell you how I made my beach themed bottles. So keep an eye for that post coming soon.