A Simple Decoupage Bottle Idea

Here is a simple decoupage bottle idea up-cycling glass containers into decorative accents using a paper napkin and rope.

Every time I recycle a bottle, I am thinking of a possible upcycle project. And this time, I came up with a decoupage bottle idea!

So often my brain jumps to decoupage. Why? Because it is so simple and so effective!

Take, for example, these three empty glass bottles. They are in great shape with their classic shape, long neck, and thick, sturdy glass.

Three empty bottles that will be used for the decoupage bottle idea.

I first saw one of these bottles when I was getting my hair cut. My stylist (aka great friend and armchair therapist) had artfully placed these empty bottles on her front desk with some charming flowers peeking out the top.

Always looking for a good material source, I asked where she had gotten the bottles.

They were leftover bottles from home!

Great friend that she is, she saved some for me over a period of time and I started planning my project!

Decoupage is one of the easiest craft projects out there and these bottles are perfect!

They are like a blank canvas…but with glass!

I’ve tried a couple of decoupage projects in the past and had a blast!

Mirror, mirror…A Decoupage Mirror

A Glass Plate Upcycle

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Supply List

  • Glass bottle
  • Decoupage glue (I use Mod Podge.)
  • Soft-bristled paintbrush
  • Paper napkins in a design of your choice
  • Rope (Any kind will work. I chose a soft cotton rope that I purchased a dollar store.)

Decoupage with Paper Napkins

Decoupaging with paper napkins is a breeze! The main reason is that a paper napkin is so easy to work with and manipulate.

The secondary reason (and most fun!) is there is an unlimited number of amazing patterns to be found on paper napkins.

These cocktail napkins sport a fresh, summery citrus theme in three different colors.

Perfect for my three bottles!

I chose a citrus theme, but you can choose any napkin pattern you want!

Three cocktail napkins with three colors of citrus fruits on the printed pattern.

Start by applying a thin coat of decoupage glue on the body of the glass bottle. I find it works best if this is done in a smaller section. It is just a little more manageable.

A brush applying a coat of decoupage glue onto the bottle.
Decoupage bottle idea.

Gently place the paper napkin over the glue, press onto the glass, and smooth out any air bubbles.

Tip: If you want a more translucent effect, peel off the back layer of the paper napkin.

A pink citrus paper napkin being applied to the outside of the bottle.
Decoupage bottle idea.

Don’t forget the neck of the bottle!

I coated the glass with glue and then folded the paper into “pleats” around the neck so the napkin lays flat.

A brush applying decoupage glue to the neck of the bottle.
Decoupage bottle idea.

Apply a thin layer of glue over the entire surface of the paper napkin.

A brush applying a thin coat of glue over the bottle covered in a paper napkin.
Decoupage bottle idea.

Let dry completely.

Three decoupaged bottles turned upside down so they can dry.
Decoupage bottle idea.

The Finishing Touch

Twisted, white cotton rope.

After trimming the excess napkin from the top, wrap the neck of the bottle in the rope of your choice.

I chose a soft, cotton rope but jute, sisal, or other braided rope would work as well.

No need to glue…just tie in a simple knot!

Cotton roped wound around the neck of the decoupaged bottle.

I can easily use these as vases for flowers…

…in a summertime tablescape…

…or on a kitchen island with some coordinating citrus fruits!

The completed decoupage bottle idea. Three citrus patterned bottles sitting on a cake stand surrounded by citrus fruits.


p.s. Thanks to my friend Becky at Premier Hair for keeping me supplied with these great bottles!

p.s.s. I am loving creating in my new craft studio. Take a look!

Introducing “The Dot Room!”


      1. It is a brand of vodka that is locally produced. It has the most amazing shape! I need to collect more because I have lots of ideas for it! Thanks for your question and for visiting my blog! Cheers!

    1. Well, Becky, YOU are my inspiring source for this project! Grateful for the bottles and grateful for our friendship!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I was so excited to find Farmhouse Friday and honored to be featured! Thank you! ~Missy

    1. Hi Vicky,
      These are actually vodka bottles! The brand is the Cut Spike Distillery which is located in LaVista, Nebraska. Not sure how available it is widespread. I sure love their bottles!

    1. Thank you, Nelda! It sounds like you are really exploring the new site! Welcome! I always love getting your feedback! Thank you!

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