DIY: Plastic Bottles to Vases


You probably have tons of plastic bottles from all of your many makeup and beauty products that you’re likely going to just toss … am I right? Me too. I really hate tossing the pretty ones. So I’m not. (If you do–make sure they land in your recycle bin!) Instead I’m turning them into pretty and functional bud vases. Because, duh.

I really like these John Frieda bottles. I love the shape and the aqua hue. They’re too pretty to throw away. The shampoo bottle is actually clear, but it’s frosted.


“But plastic bottles will tip over with top-heavy flowers in them!” you protest. No, they won’t! I have a solution.

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What you’ll need:

  • Plastic bottles with 1/2″ diameter opening
  • Decorative marbles
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Waterproof glue
  • Goo-Gone
  • Fine-grit sandpaper


Let’s make it:

  1. Rinse bottles with hot water and dish detergent. Remove any labels.
  2. Use Goo-Gone and a rag or paper towel to remove any adhesive residue, or stuck on labels.
  3. Let bottles dry or use dust-free cloth to absorb water
  4. When bottles are dry, use adhesive to drop glue in the bottom of the bottle–depending on how fast your glue dries–I would do them each one at a time.
  5. Drop 4-5 marbles into the glue. For more weight, add additional glue and drop 2-3 more marbles in.P1010627
  6. Next, tape off your pattern using the painter’s tape. I like ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. I kept my designs simple.
  7. Once taped off, use your fine-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge to lightly rough up the area you’re going to paint. It’s important to tape first so you don’t dull the area of the bottle you want to look shiny and new.
  8. Once all your bottle are ready, you’re ready to paint. I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents mixed with Liquid Metal.P1010628
  9. Use brush strokes all in the same direction, cover taped off area, let dry.
  10. Repeat using strokes in opposite direction until desired look is achieved. (I used horizontal, vertical and diagonal strokes on each bottle. I covered them with 6 coats of paint using a foam brush.)P1010630
  11. Remove painter’s tape and complete any touch-ups, or remove any bleed-through.
  12. Let bottles dry completely.P1010634

I let my paint and glue cure for 6 hours. Fill vases with water and top with fresh flowers!


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