Turning a Wine Bottle Into an Oil Bottle




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This instructable will give you step by step instructions on how to turn a plain wine bottle into an oil bottle or a bottle to hold dish soap.

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Step 1: Remove Labels

Remove all of the labels from the outside of you wine bottle. Rinse of the bottle.

Step 2: Clean Inside of Bottle

Pour a small amount of bleach into the bottle. Add a little water and swish it around the entire inside of the bottle.

Step 3: Rinse Well

After you have done this for a few minutes, make sure you rinse the bottle out well. This is especially true if you intend to use this bottle to store your cooking or dipping oils.

Step 4: Wipe With Rubbing Alcohol

Wipe the entire outside of the bottle off with rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove any remaining glue from the labels and oil from being handled.

Step 5: Load Your Plate With Paint

Load your plate with Burnt Umber and Wicker White Folk Art Enamel paint.

Step 6: Double Load Your Paint Brush

You will be using a flat brush #10. Double load with Burnt Umber and Wicker White. This will be used to paint the vines.

Step 7: Paint the Grapevine

The first part of your design that you will be painting are the grap vines. These are just placed in random places on your bottle. I typically, start at the bottom and go up to the top. I start the vine in a couple of places on the bottom. There is not any set pattern.

Step 8: Clean Out Your Brush

You will be moving on to the next colors. Rinse out your brush with water.

Step 9: Place Two New Colors of Paint on Your Plate

You will be using Thicket and Sunflower to paint the grapevine leaves and One Stroke leaves. Load these two colors on to you plate.

Step 10: Double Load the Paint Brush

You will double load your paint brush with Thicket and Sunflower, Folk Art Enamel Paint. These two colors will be used to paint of the leaves on your bottle.

Step 11: Paint the Leaves on Your Bottle

The next step is to paint all of the leaves on your bottle, including the grape leaves and the One Stroke leaves.

Step 12: Load Your Plate With Purple Paint

You may use any color of purple that you like. This will be combined with white to make the grapes. I use a painting stick that is great for making circles or dots. You will double load this and paint the grapes in different positions on the bottle.

Step 13: Paint the Grapes

You will paint the grapes in bundles and position them in different areas on your bottle. There is no pattern for this either. Use your imagination.

Step 14: Mix Flow Medium With Brown

You will make the remaining brown an inky consistency by adding flow medium to it. Mix it together. You will use a liner brush to make curlycues.

Step 15: Make Curlycues

Us a liner brush dipped in the brown inky paint, to add curlycues to your bottle. These too, are just place in random order on your bottle.

Step 16: Air Dry Your Bottle

Allow your bottle to air dry for 1 hour prior to baking.

Step 17: Bake Your Bottle

You have the option to either air dry your bottle and the paint will cure within 21 days, or place the bottle in your oven and bake it. If you choose to bake it, you will place the bottle in the oven before turning it on. It is important that the oven is cool when you place the bottle in it. You will turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Add the pre-heat time to the baking time. The bottle needs to bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. All the oven to cool completely before removing the bottle.

Step 18: Buy a Spout

Buy spouts to place in your bottle.

Step 19: Your Finished Bottle

Fill your bottle with oil or dish soap. Place the spout in the top. Your bottle is ready to be used.

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    29 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This looks fantastic. I've never tried baking a bottle. I'm scared. I made a bottle where i stuck magazine papers using mod podge under and over it. It's dried now for 24 hrs. Could you think i could bake this as well? Please help. Thank you.


    4 years ago

    If you are going to use these for cooking oils, olive oil needs to be protected from sunlight. It sunlight degrades it. I would suggest painting a base color all over the bottle first then paint the design.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It is fine to wait longer....It doesn't really matter how long. It is better to wait longer than not to wait long enough...Make sure you follow the directions on the bottle of paint, as each type of paint has different instructions.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I would have never expected to find such great drawing instructions under such a humble title for an instructible :-O

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    very beautiful....I am wanting one of these and now I wish I could paint! maybe I could find another way to decorate the bottle....hmmm

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder if you could use stickers on this. Michael's have some beautiful flowers that also have vines on them. You wouldn't have to put the bottle in the oven if you use stickers. Just put acrylic spray gloss on it to keep stickers from coming off.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the nice comment! I actually sell painted oil bottles made from different types of bottles. Check them out here: www.aressa.etsy.com , If you aren't able to paint, you could consider doing decoupage! People do great things with that also..... Thanks again....Amy

    Make sure those spouts are stainless steel, otherwise they'll rust if you use them for soap. I had one that did this and it was pretty gross after awhile...

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent tutorial and you're quite the artist. I don't think mine would be nearly as good! One thing I would suggest though is perhaps you might make a list, at the beginning, of materials needed? This would make it easier for those of us who need to go buy them... like me for example. I'm not a crafty person, but your tutorial sounds inspiring. :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work! For those of us who haven't used a artist's paintbrush since high school, how do you do that double-loading thing? Doesn't it all mix up on the plate or in the brush? Do you just put two blobs side by side on the plate and squish them with the brush? Do they tend to get more and more mixed as you work so you need to wipe it up and start afresh? We less-artistic types struggle enough with one colour at a time!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! You do use two colors of paint. Dip each side of the brush in to a color and swipe back and forth a few times, dip the brush back in the paint and repeat the swiping back and forth. You will want to do this until the bristles are 3/4 of the way full, from the tip of the bristles heading up toward the handle. You don't need to keep swiping back and forth as you paint, but continue to dip brush in paint as needed. You should do three blending strokes when you start a new stroke on your project. I hope that makes sense! Amy


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, that does make sense. I'm going to give that a go!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    AWESOME!!! great job Does it have to be a grapevine thats painted or was that just your design? Where can you purchase a sprout?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It's your bottle, paint whatever is pleasing to you. The grapevine pattern happens to be a good seller. I actually sold this bottle over the weekend at a show!

    As for the spout, here is the link where I purchased mine :http://www.superiorsportsbar.com/spill-stop-metal-pour-spout-set-c-126-p-1-pr-1627.html . You get 12 for the price!