DIY bottles with vintage labels

DIY bottles with vintage labelsI’d like to welcome Mitzi from Mitzi’s Collectibles to Mod Podge Rocks with a beautiful project: DIY bottles! Do you remember her Anthropologie inspired mirror? How about her vintage hatbox makeover? You do know Mitzi is great with Mod Podge, so I’ll let her take it away with another fabulous project idea.

Old ReliableHello, Mitzi Curi here from Mitzi’s Collectibles, your guest blogger today. I’m an antique dealer and crafter who loves to use vintage materials to create new treasures, “upcycling” antiques so that they can be appreciated within our modern lifestyle. Today I’m going to rock some bottles and jars with Mod Podge!

DIY bottles with vintage labelsNow that spring is upon us, it’s inevitable that we will come across some old bottles and jars during our spring cleaning. Perhaps you have some old bottles in your house, garage, or basement. You are guaranteed to find plenty of reasonably priced bottles and jars at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. It shouldn’t take long to collect a variety of glass beauties in interesting shapes and colors, like the grouping I have below:

New BottlesOnce you have your collection of bottles and jars, you will need the following materials to complete your project: Mod Podge Matte; a foam brush; a brayer; some Distress Ink, and some copies of old labels. I happen to have an extensive collection of paper ephemera, including old labels, but for this project I selected several from The Graphics Fairy, a blog that provides a new graphic image every day for readers to download and use in their art. I just clicked on “Advertising” and “Labels” categories in the sidebar and found several great examples for this project.

toolsTo ensure that your graphic images won’t smear when they get the Mod Podge treatment, they must be copied with a color laser printer, or, if an ink jet printer is used, sprayed with a fixative that you can buy at any craft or art supply store.

Before Mod Podging, I aged the printed labels with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in “linen,” especially around the edges. This way, you won’t see bright white edges around your labels and thus your finished project will look more authentic.

To affix your labels, use the foam brush to thoroughly but thinly coat the back of the paper label with Mod Podge. Position the label on your bottle and smooth out from the center to the edges with your fingers or a brayer (I always end up using both). Next, put a thin coat of Mod Podge over the image. Take a wet paper towel and clean up the glass around the image. This extra Mod Podge can also be removed when dry by using a razor blade or X-Acto knife.

I tried to select items to put in my jars that would compliment them. I chose peacock feathers for the large apothecary jar, coffee beans for the jar with the coffee label, and spools of thread for two of my other jars. I added a little ribbon here and there for extra embellishment.

DIY bottles with vintage labelsI hope you can give this project a try this spring. You’ll be recycling some bottles and appreciating beautiful vintage graphics at the same time, all thanks to Mod Podge!

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  1. --T.M.St.P says

    thats a cute idea.. I just bought Mod Podge for the first time last night, and drank a grape crush, and was wondering what I could do with the empty bottle

  2. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    These are very pretty and I love the added embellishments!

  3. Shel at Dreamy Nest says

    Hey – I’ve got some bottles like that! Cool idea! Thank you so much for sharing this project. :)

  4. cindy says

    Very cute! What a great idea and way to add some cute style to a plain bottle!

    yapping cat

  5. Wini says

    Way to go Mitzi! What a lovely project and I really like the final effect with label and ribbons :)

  6. Susie@YLP says

    I make reproduction vintage look pantry and medicine labels for a living. I will be sending some of my customers here to read your wonderful tutorial on how to apply them to vintage bottles. Thanks for a great post. Susie (Yankee Lane Primitives)

  7. says

    Love all of these. They’re gorgeous! I recently used Mod Podge for the first time (shocking, I know), for a kids project I posted on my blog. I watched your videos and got all the advice I needed so everything went smoothly. Thank you, thank you!