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!

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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.

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.

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.

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

Let dry completely.

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!

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!

    1. Hi Tanya! I am SO glad you like them! They are so easy and really bring summer vibes into our kitchen. Give the project a try and let me know how it goes! Thank you, friend!

  1. Love these napkins Missy! I am a big fan of decoupaging myself, I may have decoupaged my backsplash! LOL, yep, true story. I am on the hunt for fun napkins now, thank you for sharing. Oh, and those bottles are perfect for this project. I never seem to find unique jars or bottles.

    1. I think a decoupaged backsplash sounds amazing! So creative, Cara! (Shhh, the bottles are empty vodka bottes! lol!)

  2. Oh my word, they are so gorgeous and perfect for an outdoor food station. Love it. pinning it.
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    1. Wow! This is so exciting! Thank you so much! I will definitely stop by the link party on Wednesday. Thank you so much for the feature and for hosting!

  3. These are so pretty, Missy! I love how you upcycled the bottles with those pretty napkins. Such a great project! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne! I really appreciate the feature! Thank you for hosting a great link party!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like them. Super fun project and bottles are such a great upcycle!

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