Hoorah! I am ahead of the game, FOR ONCE! I have been saving bottles for a year, with many project ideas swarming around in my head. There are many different ways to decorate and use glass bottles and jars – and they don’t even have to be Mason jars – lol. For the upcoming season, I wanted to make some table toppers for our family get-togethers. For both Memorial Day and the 4th of July, these will be perfect!
I filled this bottle with red ‘straw’ gift packaging material, but there are endless possibilities to add more dimension to the decoration.
- Glass bottle/jar
- Standard (red cap) blade
- Wall vinyl or contact paper
- Transfer tape
- Glass etching cream
- Copic markers
- Air brush system
Settings (Maxx Air + contact paper):
- f = 21
- v = 350
- p = 1
- Clean the bottle thoroughly and allow to dry.
- Apply glass etch cream and set for 10 minutes.
- Remove glass etch cream, wash thoroughly and allow to dry.
- Open or create the stencil file. Cut stencils from wall vinyl or contact paper.
- Use transfer tape to pick up all of the pieces of the stencil.
- Apply stencil to glass bottle/jar.
- Using the airbrush system, apply Copic marker colors where desired.
- Allow to dry and decorate.
One of my favorite things about this method is that the glass etch process makes the glass ‘cloudy’ but the Copic markers make it very shiny and transparent again. It gives the glass project a wonderful contrast.
I have some leftover glass blocks from Christmas projects, and I can’t wait to get started on the next phase of the decorations – which I will fill with white lights! I plan to have a decorated bottle on each of the tables for our Memorial Day gathering. Then I will use the lighted glass blocks for around the patio.