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Today I'll show you how to put together a rainbow from Boone's Farm bottles.  It's not hard and you could probably figure this out yourself, but it doesn't hurt to have a few hints thrown at you.

What you’ll need for this project:

12 Boone’s Farm (or other similar) bottles
12 bottle caps
A wire cutter
A sponge with a rough, scrubby side
Food colouring (red, blue, yellow, green)
A hot glue gun
Black and white acrylic paints
Paint brush
Masking tape
Clear glaze spray paint
An Xacto knife/Box cutter/Razor blade

DISCLAIMER: Boone’s Farm is an alcoholic drink.  If you’re not allowed to drink it, don’t drink it.  If you are allowed to drink it, don’t drive.  Party responsibly or don’t party at all.
 
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Step 1: Have a Boone's Farm Party

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So Boone’s Farm isn’t a bad drink requirement for a party.  While it’s kind of “girly,” there are enough flavours for everyone to find one they like, and their alcohol content ranges from 7.5% to 2.7% for those who want more or less bang for their buck.  On top of that, it’s easy to find and INCREDIBLY cheap.  (Wal-Mart Boone’s Farm in my town is a whopping $2.47 per 750 mL bottle.)  If that’s the case, you might wonder, why not just buy the Boone’s Farm yourself?  Depending on all the colours you want (I’m going for 12), that could get kind of expensive, even with their very reasonable pricing.  On top of that, who wants to drink by themselves?

So have a party and ask your guests to pick some up.  They probably won’t mind.

Also, this lady pouring Blue Hawaiian into a glass looks silly.  Google clearly wanted you to see this.

Step 2: Rinse the Bottles and Snip the Rings Off

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So after the final guests drag themselves off your couch the next day, you should have however many bottles you think you’ll need for this project.  I’m using 12 for the 3 primary colours, 3 secondary colours, and 6 tertiary colours, so in the end, I’ll have magenta, red, vermillion, orange, goldenrod, yellow, chartreuse, green, turquoise, blue, indigo, and violet.  However, you could also do just the primary and secondary colours, or you could add more in-betweeners.  It’s your thing; I’m not judging.

Rinse all your bottles out (don’t worry about getting them super clean or anything; they’ll be soaking before too long) and use the wire cutters to snip off the metal ring left over from twisting the cap off.  You can also discard the caps, unless you’d rather use them than flat bottle caps.

Step 3: Soak Your Bottles and Scrub Off the Labels

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Now you’ll want to soak the bottles for a while (maybe half an hour to an hour) before you start trying to scrub the labels off, and you’ll want to soak them in hot water to help dissolve the adhesive.  (While soaking, you can move on to step 4.)  There’s not much to this step; just elbow grease and patience.  I found it worked better to work on the label from the bottom up and to move back and forth, scraping it off evenly with the rough backside of the sponge.  Not only does it come off in larger chunks, meaning less clean-up, but it also seems to pull the adhesive off better.

Step 4: Prep Your Bottle Caps

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So now your bottles are ready to be filled with pretty liquid.  You just need something to cap them off.  I recently started collecting bottle caps and this was a perfect use for them.  I grabbed 12 of my Bud Light caps and gave them a quick sanding just so they’d hold paint better. I then repainted first with a black acrylic base (I would advise using spray paint, but this is what I have on hand).  I used the masking tape to trim out a stencil.  I would suggest sticking the tape to your shirt before putting it on the cap to reduce the chance of it pulling paint off when you take it off.  After you have your stencil down, paint over everything with white.  When you’ve got that coat nice and even and it’s dry, peel off the stencils and spray it all over with a clear glaze to seal it.  I didn't worry about getting mine too even as I planned to distress them a little anyway.

Step 5: Fill the Bottles and Cap ‘Em Off

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Now that your bottle caps are dry, it's time to fill up the bottles with water and food colouring so you can seal everything up.  NOTE: I feel I should note that gluing bottle caps on a bottle they don't screw onto does not a seal make.  These will not be watertight, but they will be sealed enough to prevent spills if the bottle gets knocked over.  That said, here are the approximate colouring measurements I found to work pretty well in my bottles:

Violet/Purple - 2 red, 2 blue
Indigo - 1 red, 2 blue
Blue - 3 blue
Turquoise - 2 blue, 1 green
Green - 3 green
Chartreuse - 1 green, 2 yellow
Yellow - 3 yellow
Goldenrod - 3 yellow, 1 red
Orange - 3 yellow, 2 red
Vermilion - 2 yellow, 2 red
Red - 3 red
Magenta - 3 red, 1 blue

After that's done, you're ready to glue the caps on.  The best way I found to do this was to (after ensuring the mouth of the bottle was dry) trace a ring of hot glue around the top of the bottle and then a good amount on the inside of the cap, mostly around the edges.  Set the cap into place and tap it down onto the bottle with a hammer or a shoe or something.  If glue oozes out, wipe it away, being careful not to burn yourself.  Also, if you're particular about the pattern on your bottle cap, then you may want to try rubber glue before hot glue; the heat of the glue will weaken the paint, making it smear very easily.

And that's it!  Finish capping your bottles and you're good to go!  Decorate however you may; I currently just have these sitting in my window for the delight of passersby, but I someday hope to turn them into a lamp.  If that ever happens, you'll see another instructable from me. :)
Ora3 years ago
What a satisfying finished product! I was thinking maybe using rubbing alcohol as opposed to water might keep the liquid clearer longer, as the water might cloud after while.
StJost (author)  Ora3 years ago
Ah, I didn't think about that! I would say go for smaller bottles if you wanted to do rubbing alcohol, just because that would be something like two and half gallons of alcohol for Boone's Farm bottles! Smirnoff Ice bottles would be good for that purpose I think, though the labels might be harder to take off.