Anyone else out there really craving a pop of brightness? I’m soooo done with wearing dark dreary colors, with matching dark dreary manicures. I’m ready for pastel and floral everything. Like immediately. I just keep telling myself that if I visualize spring, it will come. If you could be so kind as to visualize with me, maybe it will come sooner.
Even if that’s not as easily said as done in the outside world, that doesn’t stop me from making it feel as much like spring in my own home as possible. In addition to stocking up on spring scented hand soap and candles, it doesn’t hurt to have some fresh flowers around. And something pretty and pastel to display them in.
And here you probably thought I had exhausted the possibilities of decorating wine bottles in my previous posts. But don’t worry, we’ve only just scratched the surface. I’ll also note that the wine bottle posts continue to be some of the most popular on the blog…so clearly there is a demand there. Because who doesn’t love to recycle?
Anyways, this was actually way easier and less time consuming than I originally thought, and there is a good chance you already have all of the supplies on hand.
- Wine bottles (could be any type of glass bottle or container, really. Go nuts!)
- White spraypaint
- Craft paint in white and another color (or multiple colors, in my case!)
- Paper plate or something that can be used to mix colors, and something to mix with (I used popsicle sticks)
- Small-ish paintbrush (I used the smallest one I saw at Home Depot, .97 each).
Start by removing the labels and foil from your wine bottles (or glass container of choice) along with any glue (this is my go-to for removing those pesky labels). Once the bottles are clean and dry, give them a couple of coats of white spraypaint and let dry.
Next, squeeze a dollop of the paint color (not the white) that you plan to use for your ombre onto your paper plate. You don’t want to use a ton, since more paint means more white to dilute it, and this project doesn’t require a ton of paint so you’ll be wasting a bunch.
Using just the color, paint a ring of color along the base of your bottle. Try to make it as straight as possible, but it’s doesn’t have to be perfect.
Squirt a bit of white paint into your color and mix. I found it best to add small amounts of white and mix until you arrive at a color that is a tiny bit lighter than the last. At this point, I’d also like to apologize for the quality of the next few pictures. My hands were covered in paint, and the sun was going down so I didn’t have the luxury of fiddling around with camera settings. I’m sure you’ll get the idea.
Once you have a color that looks a couple shades lighter than your last, paint another ring slightly overlapping the one you just made.
Continue adding white to your color and adding rings of paint onto the bottle until the shade of color is barely tinted.
After I finished with all 3, I went back and blended the edge of the ombre using white paint on a foam pouncer.
And that’s all folks! Allow to dry fully, and then place around your home to inject an ounce of spring where you can.
Better yet, fill them with fresh flowers and pretend that there isn’t 10 feet of snow on the ground.
I’d love to hear from you! What are you doing to get through the last few days of winter? PS – this is the last week of February!! Realizing that totally made my day.