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DIY decorations are always in high demand and this wine bottle art is an incredibly versatile project that can be used as a centerpiece for parties, weddings, or in your own home!

I have come across some really beautiful wine bottles and I hate just recycling all of them because they can be so pretty! Instead, I have decided to repurpose them, creating gorgeous Wine Bottle Art with fairy lights! They can become beautiful centerpieces for any event, or just to enjoy in your own home, and they tie in beautifully with my wine bottle serving tray! This is an excellent project for any level of crafter and will not take a lot of time to create from start to finish!

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Watch the Wine Bottle Art assembly video here:

Get the free SVG cut file for this project

If you haven’t tried your hand at etching yet, Wine Bottle Art is a really great design to try it out on! It doesn’t take much time to do, and you can even use wine bottles you have on hand to save money! If you use a bottle with a darker tint, I want you to know that the fairy lights will not shine through as brightly as with a clearer wine bottle. I have seen some beautiful etching on dark wine bottles, though, and can’t wait to see what kind of Wine Bottle Art you create, clear or dark!

finished etched wine bottle art bee and dragonfly

I used one sheet of Cricut Premium (permanent) Vinyl and cut the design out on my Cricut machine. After weeding the image, I chose to use painter’s tape instead of transfer tape on this project. Why? Since the bottles are rounded, I knew that trying to mold transfer tape around them would be difficult. Since painter’s tape has more flexibility than transfer tape, it would allow me to have more control over the application process!

The beauty of my Wine Bottle Art is that you have two options for creation! You can either etch the design into the bottle using a special etching cream, or you can leave the vinyl on the bottle as a permanent design! How cool is that!

dragonfly wine art bottle

Etching is very simple but there are a few precautions that I urge you to put into place. Since etching cream is caustic, it is important to wear gloves to protect your hands and goggles to protect your eyes in case of any splatter! It is also important to work in a well ventilated area as well! Once you have these safety precautions in place, using etching cream is really very easy.

Paint the entire bottle being very generous with the etching cream. If you are applying twine to the neck of the bottle, you will want to apply etching cream just to where the bottle neck ends. If you plan to leave off the twine, apply the etching cream over the entire bottle. It’s completely up to you! Let the etching cream sit for at least five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.

fairy lights in wine bottle art

Now you can add your twine or ribbon or any other personal touch you want to add around the neck of the bottle, securing the material with a small dab of hot glue. Using another piece of that same material, I tied a bow around the neck for an added fun touch! Then, I used scraps of cardstock to cut the bees and dragonflies, and attached them with a small drop of hot glue to the end of of the bow.

I used my Cricut cutting machine to cut the vinyl and cardstock, along with the Fine-Point Blade and StandardGrip Material Mat.

close up of wine bottle art finished project

Let me show you how to make wine bottle art. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make Wine Bottle Art with Armour Etch

Easy Etched Wine Bottle Art is Design number 301 in the free JenniferMaker resource library.

How to Make Etched Wine Bottle Art

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Wine Bottle Art

Yield: 1 Wine Bottle Art
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Estimated Cost: $12 - $38

Wine Bottle Art is a fun way to upcycle empty wine bottles! Or purchase a bottle or two and try your hand at creating some awesome art. Add some fairy lights to your creation for an extra special touch.

Instructions


STEP 1: GET THE WINE BOTTLE ART DESIGN



First, download Design #301 which is my free Wine Bottle Art SVG/DXF/PDF from my free resource library. If you're going to cut it on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. This is what my Wine Bottle Art SVG looks like in Cricut Design Space.

This is what my Wine Bottle Art design looks like when uploaded to Design Space.

Tip: If you are not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you are on an iPad or iPhone, here is how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

STEP 2: CUT THE DESIGN

There are two designs in the Wine Bottle Art file. You will need to ungroup the designs first, then choose the design you want to use and hide or delete the other.

Each design is ready to be made as it is on the canvas for the size wine bottle I used in my project. If your bottle is a different size, you may need to adjust the size of the design to fit your bottle.

How to adjust size of my wine bottle art

I measured the height of my bottle where I wanted the design to lay, as well as the circumference of the bottle to determine the width I needed for the design of my Wine Bottle Art. My design needed to be about 9 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" high.

Once you have the design set to the size you need, click "Make It" and then click on "Continue" on the "Mat Preview" window.

Click on the Make It button to cut my wine bottle artClick on Continue button to choose machine and material for my wine bottle art

Now, connect to your machine and browse to find the material you are cutting. I used "Premium Vinyl" and to find that I clicked on "Browse All Materials, typed "Premium Vinyl" into the search box, selected the material and clicked "Done."

Connect machine and browse materials in Design Space for my wine bottle art

Type in material to cut in the search bar of Design Space for my wine bottle art

In Design Space search for material for my wine bottle art

I always set my pressure to "MORE" to make sure I get a clean cut.

Set pressure to More setting in Design Space for my wine bottle art

Place your Premium Vinyl shiny side up on your Cricut StandardGrip Machine Mat and load it into your machine.

Place vinyl on mat shiny side up for my wine bottle art

Load mat into Cricut machine for my wine bottle art

Press load button on machine to load mat into machine for my wine bottle art

Then press the flashing button to start your cut.

Press the flashing C button to make the cut for my wine bottle art

Once your vinyl is cut, weed your vinyl with your Cricut weeding tools by removing the vinyl that you do not need from the design.

Beginning to weed the design for my wine bottle art

Pull away the vinyl that is not needed when weeding for my wine bottle art

There are some extra elements included in both Wine Bottle Art designs that can be cut out of cardstock or your choice of material. I chose to use cardstock. Cut your extra elements on the "Cardstock" setting and set them aside.

STEP 3: PREP BOTTLE AND APPLY DESIGN

To prepare the wine bottle for good vinyl adherence, I wiped it with a little isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth. Coffee filters also work great to get the wine bottle nice and clean in preparation for your Wine Bottle Art! Set aside to let the bottle dry.

Wipe the bottle with alcohol and a lint free cloth before applying vinyl to my wine bottle art

Next it's time to get your design ready to be adhered to the wine bottle by applying painter's tape on the design. I found that painter's tape allows for an easier vinyl application to the bottle than regular transfer tape because the painter's tape allows for more flexibility around the bottle. I just covered the weeded design with strips of painter's tape and trimmed all the edges so the tape did not go outside the paper backing of the vinyl. I burnished (rubbed) the vinyl to the painter's tape until it was adhered well, then removed the paper backing from the vinyl.

Cover weeded design with strips of painters tape to prepare for applying to bottle for my wine bottle art

Once painters tape applied, flip over design and burnish with scraper for my wine bottle art.

Remove the paper backing off the weeded design for my wine bottle art.

Lay the design on your table and line your bottle up to one end of the Wine Bottle Art design and lay it down on the design. Roll your bottle on the design to apply it to the bottle.

Lay your wine bottle on top of the design in order to start applying design to the bottle for my wine bottle art.

Roll the bottle onto the design for my wine bottle art.

When you get to the end of the design, the bottle will be completely covered with the vinyl. Burnish down the vinyl to the bottle with your fingers. Begin to remove the painter's tape from the bottle. I began to remove the tape from where the two ends met. You may have one end that has overlapped the other a bit not allowing for the vinyl to adhere to the jar. If that happens pull up the painter's tape that is in the way, push down the other side to the jar well and then begin to remove the painter's tape slowly. If there are some areas that are not stuck to the bottle, push them down again with a little more pressure and continue to remove the painter's tape.

Burnish the vinyl to the bottle using a Cricut Scraper for my wine bottle art.

Begin to remove the painters tape from the bottle for my wine bottle art.

Painters tape being removed from the bottle for my wine bottle art.

Once the painter's tape has been removed, go over your wine bottle and press down any vinyl that may not be adhered properly. If you have some spots that have creases in them, just use your weeding tool to lift them a bit so you can lay them flat.

If you choose not to use etching cream and just leave the vinyl design on the bottle, skip to Step 5 to add the finishing touches.

STEP 4: APPLY ETCHING CREAM


Once you're ready to apply the etching cream to your Wine Bottle Art, be sure to put on gloves and safety goggles. Also, apply the etching cream in a well ventilated area, with windows open or a fan running.

Apply the cream to the wine bottle with a paint brush (avoid foam brushes), using your brush to move the cream on top of your stencil. I applied the cream in one direction first, then used the brush to apply it in the opposite direction. Brush up and down, side to side and diagonally to keep the cream moving around your design and to get in every nook and cranny. Applying in this manner will provide a more even etching. Keeping the cream moving around the surface will result in a deeper and stronger etch. Overall, including stirring, the cream needs to stay on the glass at least five minutes.

Apply etching cream to wine bottle using gloves and goggles for my wine bottle art.

Be sure to move the etching cream around with brush to cover whole bottle for my wine bottle art.

Once time is up, take your wine bottle to the sink, and rinse the cream off the bottle with cold water. If you had a lot of excess etching cream, feel free to scrape it back into the container before you rinse off the bottle!

Dry the bottle with a towel and then use your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the bottle.

Use a weeding tool to remove vinyl from bottle after it has been rinsed for my wine bottle art.

STEP 5: FINISHING TOUCHES


To finish off the wine bottle, I wrapped twine around the neck of the bottle and glued it to the bottle at the end of the wrap. With this wrap I used approximately 10 feet of twine to get the neck covered the way I wanted it.

Wrap twine around neck of bottle for my wine bottle art.

I then took about a two-foot piece of twine and tied it around the neck of the bottle with a bow. I trimmed my bow tails to the length I thought looked the best, and then glued the elements (bees or dragonflies) to the end of the bow tails. My Wine Bottle Art was almost done!

Tie a piece of twine into a bow around the neck of the bottle for my wine bottle art.

Add the paper elements to the tails of the bow for my wine bottle art.

Now feed your fairy lights into the bottle, turn the lights on and enjoy!

Feed the fairy lights into the wine bottle for my wine bottle art.

Wine bottle with Fairy lights for my wine bottle art.

STEP 6: SHOW IT OFF!

This is such a great way to use up some of those empty wine bottles we may have sitting around. And how cute they would be for a night light in a room!
I would love to see what you did with the Wine Bottle Art design. If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

Wine Bottles completed for my wine bottle art.

Simply beautiful finished designs for my wine bottle art.

Notes

The finished size of one wine bottle is approximately 9 1/2" wide x 12" high

Font used: Bhatoshine Regular

Answers to Your Questions About How to Etch Your Wine Bottle Art

Q: Can I use dark wine bottles instead of the clear bottles?
Absolutely! There are so many beautiful wine bottles out there, definitely use what grabs your attention! Keep in mind that the darker the bottle, the less the fairy lights will be visible, but etching on dark bottles is beautiful!

Q: I don’t have twine. What else can I use?
You can use any kind of ribbon or burlap, or any material you’d like! It’s completely flexible and you can even choose to add no material to the neck of the bottle! If you choose this option, just make sure to add etching cream all the way to the top!

Q: Does the color of vinyl I use make a difference?
Only if you will be leaving it permanently on your Wine Bottle Art! If you are using the etching cream option, then the vinyl acts only as a disposable stencil. You can use whatever color you may happen to have sitting extra around your house!

Q: What is the difference between Cricut Premium Vinyl and Cricut Permanent Vinyl?
They are the same. Just different wording!

Q: Can I use removable vinyl to make the Wine Bottle Art?
For the best results, I recommend that you use permanent vinyl. It adheres more firmly to the bottle and will give you cleaner, crisper edges than removable vinyl will give you!

Q: Won’t permanent vinyl be “permanent” so it will be hard to remove?
As long as you remove it quickly after washing off the etching cream, you shouldn’t have a problem! Permanent vinyl doesn’t reach it’s maximum bond for a few days after you actually adhere it to a surface. And, you want to see your pretty new bottle right away, anyway, don’t you?

Q: Your SVG uploaded to Design Space way too small! Is there something wrong with it? Or did I do something wrong?
No, on both counts! You must be using an iPad or an iPhone! For some reason, Design Space will sometimes make iOS files smaller. It’s easy to fix! All you need do is to make the file larger again. For the Wine Bottle Art, I ask you to measure the size of the bottle you’re using to make sure the design will fit, anyway, so you would have probably needed to do some adjusting up or down in any case! If you aren’t clear on how to resize an SVG file, I have some help in my resizing guide to help you along!

Get my free SVG files to make Wine Bottle Art

I’d love to see YOUR etched wine bottle art! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

Love,

JenniferMaker.com

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8 Comments

  1. Do the fairy lights run on batteries? How long will they stay lit? Do you disconnect them when not in use?I have reverse weeded and etched glass before (on a 13 x 9 baking pan) and love the effect!

    1. Yes, Michelle, they run on batteries. According to the website, the lights will stay lit for 48 hours of constant use, more with intermittent use. But, then you would just replace the batteries! There is an on/off switch on them to turn them off when you aren’t using them. Etched glass plus lights are even cooler than just the baking dish! πŸ™‚

  2. You always have the neatest ideas. I have two antique “jugs” that I have been wanting to find something to do with them and I think this is perfect. Thank you

    1. Yes, Linda, this would be awesome on antique jugs! Try a little test patch before you do the whole jug, though. Older glass can have borosilicate in it, which makes it difficult or impossible to etch! πŸ™‚

  3. Does the etching cream used this way change the texture of the bottle’s surface? I cannot stand the feel of a gin bottle and I’m wondering if this would be the same? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, the texture ends up similar to that of a gin bottle, Sue Marie, so you might not like it! But, remember that you won’t be etching on the entire bottle, but in most cases just in a little portion of the bottle so you could avoid that part when handling it! 😁

  4. The Bee Kind design is super cute. It doesn’t go all the way around a normal sized wine bottle….it cuts at only 6.5 inches wide and a typical wine bottle is about 9.25 inches around. Am I doing something wrong here?

    1. By any chance, are you using iOS, Janice? That will sometimes re-size designs. I just downloaded the SVG and it came into Design Space at the proper dimensions – 10.384″ W x 7.274″ H. All you need do is resize your SVG manually. If you aren’t sure how to do that, we have a tutorial on how to resize SVG files to help out! πŸ™‚

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