I love how some restaurants just put a bottle of water on the table and you can refill your own glass. That concept and a plethora of empty wine bottles led to this: DIY etched glass water carafes.
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Gather your wine bottles and soak them in a bucket or pot to loosen the labels. Fill them about halfway with water so that they won’t float. The labels should peel right off. Scrub off any remaining glue or paper, rinse and dry.
While the bottles are soaking, prepare your designs. I used my Cricut and contact paper, but you could use store bought adhesive labels too.
I went searching for famous quotations about water, and I would have been all set had I planned to serve seawater… plenty of oceanic references, but I finally found a good one from Mark Twain. (Of course!)
My books are like water; those of the geniuses are wine. Fortunately everybody drinks water.
I placed the letters using the ole Eyeball Technique, then taped of the top and very bottom of the bottle and liberally coated the entire thing with etching cream. (I like Armour Etch.) I don’t care that the instructions say that you’re good to go after 5 minutes… I let it sit for about 20 minutes to a half an hour, then I wash it off.
I am very happy with how this turned out.
I did a couple of different ones.
1. I want cold water (in Italiano)
2. Water in different languages
3. Water is life.
I think they’re fun and when I’m done with bunco I will either toss them into the recycle bin, or I will let my friends take them home if they want them.
If you don’t want to etch them, you can also paint the bottles. Plaid Folk Art makes an enamel that is good for glass and it cures so you can wash the bottles too. They sent me some to try and I hadn’t had an opportunity until now.
They are very easy to use! Clean the surface with rubbing alcohol and make sure you save the directions on the back of the packaging for future reference.
I made a stencil, then used a Martha Stewart stencil brush to apply the paint, then smoothed over it with another brush. Let it dry for an hour, then put it in a cold oven and turn it up to 350 degrees. leave it in for 30 minutes, then turn it off and let it cool in the oven. While you can’t put it in contact with food, it’s cured enough to be hand washed or top rack dishwasher safe. I’ll be doing lots more projects with the enamel paint, I’m sure.
To check out my other tutorials using glass etching cream, click HERE.
(Plaid sent me some products to play with, but I was not compensated to write this post. I tried them, I liked them, this is 100% my own opinion.)