Monday, October 11, 2010

Altered Vintage Bottle

This is the first altered bottle I have ever made. However it will not be the last. These little artistic  creations could be habit forming! I know that I am already sorry I didn't buy the whole box of bottles instead of just a few. What was I thinking?

For my first bottle project I used a photo of one of my favorite images, my granddaughter, Destiny. Since this was a vintage piece, I wanted to do something special with her picture like a photo transfer or something. On the other hand I really wanted to get started on the design so I copied a photo and printed it on mulberry paper. I just love this stuff. It is adhesive backed and tears just like regular mulberry paper does.

Above is a close up of the photo printed on the mulberry paper. You can see the texture that this paper provides. I feel it goes really well with the vintage style

Since I started off printing Destiny's picture on mulberry paper I attached  mulberry paper as the first layer on my bottle. The only place you can see it from the front is a little on the upper neck area and right below the neck of the bottle. This pattern has holes in it so that you can still see the color and age of the bottle. It is actually more sheer than it looks in this photo.

I wrapped a crotchet and lace trim around the bottom and secured it with a safety pin. I added a vintage handbag charm to the safety pin and then added two buttons. The buttons are not old but are vintage inspired buttons from Germany. To finish off the bottom portion, I wrapped a strand of faux pearls around the bottle a few times.

Above Destiny's photo I wrapped a lace with pearls around the bottle quite a few times. I added a pearl accent to the Tim Holtz vintage button after i placed it over the wrapped lace and pearls. I also attached a cross, heart, key and woman's torso to a safety pin before securing it to the bottle.

I had the flowers in the photo above on a ribbon. I had planned to remove the flowers and place them here and there. I started to wrap them around the neck of the bottle and Walla!

My bottle did not have a cap so I took some adhesive backed cork and cut off a one inch slice. I rolled it up tightly until I had enough to fit into the top.

I attempted to search the Internet for information about creating something for an altered bottle with no lid. I did read about bees wax, unfortunately the author was not addressing the beginner. I was hoping that you could help me finish my bottle. If you have a technique that you use or know of a good link that I may learn how I would sure appreciate it.

Thank you for sharing my altered bottle with me. I almost forgot! I wanted to share with you the photo I am going to be using on my next altered bottle...

This is my granddaughter, Jazmine. Is she not going to make my bottle beautiful! I printed her photo on the mulberry paper too. The outfit that she is wearing in this picture was made by my mother  

Thanks again for coming by and don't forget to add your contact information when leaving a comment so that I can visit. I apologize for being a little late on returning messages but I have had my grand kids the last few days and they kept me busy.

Until Next Time... Take Care


  1. The bottle turned out so very pretty. Your grandgirls are so cute :) Hope you have a great day!

  2. Oh--this is gorgeous!!! I love it, Sherry!

  3. WOW is all I can say! Your creativity is truly inspiring, Sherry! I can't wait to see what you do next!

  4. Your bottle is almost as darling as your granddaughters--makes me want to try one myself. Bottle, I mean. I want to try a bottle; already have granddaughters!

  5. WOW the bottle is really a masterpiece! Congratulations on your sweet granddaughter.
    Wish you a nice weekend,
    hugs Anja

  6. What a great idea, I never would have thought to use bottles that way. I have a few around the house that I wasn't sure what to do with them...but now I know! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I've always wanted to try one of these. You make it sound pretty easy! Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Karen

  8. Sherry, this bottle is stunning! i can't believe how perfect it is. every little flower, charm, bit of lace, etc is so wonderfully arranged. i look forward to the Jazmine bottle! xo

  9. oh wow I have seen some art work but oh boy this is totally amazing,just stunning,each detail on this is just pure eye candy,love it hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

  10. Sherry, We are swap partners for Nov. I have been trying to email you but I keep getting denied. Please contact me with your address also so I can reply with mine. Thanks Sharon

  11. Sherry, you haven't been around and I'm praying for you. Please contact me by email and let me know how you are doing.

  12. Superb Sherry, I really adore that cute pic of your daughter ... beautiful work
    hugs June xxxxx

  13. What a cute idea, I would love to make one for my Granddaughter, all our scrap booking stores have about disappeared around my area, where do you find adhesive backed mulberry paper, I have the regular kind but it isn't as thick, I just love the bottle with family pic's it makes it so much better! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family! Marilou

  14. Hi Sherry,
    I just popped back over to let you know that i have posted about something special for Christmas at Dezinaworld and didnt want you to miss out. please pop by and check it out when you have time.
    have a lovely weekend my friend
    hugs June xxxxx

  15. I absolutely love this!! I have some Wine bottles that I may try something similar to this on. Just darling! You are a very creative lady.
    Hugs, LisaKay

  16. Lovely Sherry. I've done a bit of this, but I love the idea of using my grand kids. Glad I saw this since it might have taken me a while to come around to that idea.

    Coleen in Ukraine

  17. This is stunning x so original Sherry x You talented lady you! :@) x Leigh x

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