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This project uses chalkboard paint to create a label on a clean glass bottle. This will work on any glass surface, such as a mason jar, soda bottle, or even glass tumblers or wine glasses. I chose to use a wine bottle and then fill it with M&M's to keep in the kitchen.
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Step 1: Cleaning the Bottle

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For this project, you will need a clean glass bottle. To clean the bottle, you will need dish soap, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, and a scrubber brush.

To remove the paper from the bottle, soak it in warm, soapy water for about an hour. Then, scrub the paper away with either the rough side of a scrubber sponge or a scrubber brush. I would recommend not using a scrubber sponge once the paper is removed because the rough side causes the glue to bunch into hard-to-remove balls on the glass surface.

Use the isopropyl alcohol to remove the glue by pouring the isopropyl alcohol onto the glue and scrubbing with the brush.

To remove any smell that may be present in the bottle, pour some isopropyl alcohol into it and swirl it around briefly. Then, wash it out with water and allow it to dry fully (at least 4 hours upside down). I propped my bottle up using the bottom rack of the dishwasher.

Step 2: Painting the Bottle

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Once your bottle has dried, it is time to apply the chalkboard paint. Decide how wide you want your label section to be, then use painter's tape to make nice, straight lines. If I had to do this again, I would make my label section a little wider than it is.

Step 3: Actually Painting the Bottle

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Carefully apply the chalkboard paint to the bottle. I ended up applying two thin coats instead of one thick coat.

Step 4: Watching the Paint Dry

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Wait until the paint is mostly dry before either applying a second coat or removing the tape.

Step 5: The Unveiling

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Carefully grasp the edge of tape and peel it back.
Yanerdaner5 months ago

I've been searching high and low for these instructions. You are perfect, thank you so much!

Battlespeed12 months ago

Next time try using Frog tape. You should get a clean edge.

LexyConroy1 year ago
Great 'ible.... and one that I actually can make :D
Wow, this is a fun project!
For a smoother surface, you could try sanding with a very fine sandpaper between coats.

Suzanne in Orting, WA
slydog12271 year ago
Here is a tip for you. Give it a try and let me know how it works. I use this when I'm painting using blue tape. If you seal the edge first with your base color (try using that clear nail polish in this case) your black paint will not bleed under the tape, leaving a crisp, straight edge when you remove the tape. No Scraping! Just lightly paint the edge of the blue tape with the clear nail polish to "seal" the edge. Let it dry thouroughly, then paint your black over it like you normally wood. The clear does the bleeding, but its not as visible.
So cute AND I have all the supplies!
This idea would look cool, too, if several matching bottles were done and filled with different grains, beans, etc. on a shelf...then just label them accordingly.
Cymro3831 year ago
I like the project. It would be a lot more durable if you were to use a bonding primer before painting. That should solve your problems with cleaning.
ncooper1 year ago
One question. Have you put the bottle w/paint through the dishwasher? I've always wondered if it would survive.
jkdabrown1 year ago
It looks so good, great pictures and simple!
Billrose1 year ago
This is so simple.. Love it. MMMmmm love the M&M's to...
RedRancher1 year ago
nice idea, can also be used for seating arrangements at parties!