I’ve really been on a French decor kick lately. France brings back a lot of memories for me, and growing up I was always so enamored with Paris, Versailles, and the French Riviera.
Visiting there as an adult was a dream come true and now making French-inspired decor is a perfect way for me to linger in those memories.
I wanted some French-inspired embellished glass bottles, but they’re more fun to make than buy. Plus you can decorate them exactly how you want without having to run to a dozen different stores looking for the perfect style.
I started by buying a couple of bottles from Hobby Lobby during a half off sale, but you can use any plain bottles you have at home.
I wanted a worn, aged look so I decided to layer different paint colors. First I painted them in Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.
Then I added gold Gilder’s Paste with my finger – you can find Baroque Art Gilder’s Paste on Amazon HERE (affiliate link).
Next I slapped on Old Ochre Chalk Paint® pretty unevenly.
When they were all dry I lightly sanded the bottles. Instead of just revealing the Graphite underneath, sanding actually removed all of the layers of paint in some areas – which was okay because I wanted an aged look anyway.
I did reapply some of the Gilder’s Paste in a few spots.
Then I super glued embellishments onto the bottles. (The crown is from Hobby Lobby.) <3
I am in love with my new French-inspired bottles – I think they turned out fabulous! I may end up making more in different colors. 🙂
My free printable Paris art is available for download HERE.
I’d love for you to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of these embellished glass bottles. What’s your favorite kind of DIY home decor to make?
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Argh. I just gave away the perfect bottle for this! Great idea though!
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Thank you Trista! Thankfully old glass bottles aren’t too hard to find! 🙂
Leslie @ House on the Way says
Very cool project Jen! Thanks for the inspiration!
Beth @WiccanMakeSomeToo says
Wickedly beautiful! I too have always been fascinated with Paris & all things French. Alas, I have not made it there myself yet. Kudos to you for these great creations!
I love your bottles! I’m going to o make a few for an upcoming craft show. What would you suggest for a price? Thanks for your input!
Thank you Dale! Pricing depends on so many factors, it’s hard to give you a number. I’d recommend adding up your expenses for each bottle and then ask at least double that. So if you spend $3-4 total per bottle, maybe ask $8-10. It also depends on your area though. Maybe make a few and then ask friends or Facebook followers (if you have a page) what they might would pay. I hope that helps- good luck!