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Mod Podge Wine Bottles Using Tissue Paper

If you love wine bottle crafts, these lanterns are easy to make with tissue paper and Mod Podge. The bottle lights are easy to install and make the project!

Mod Podge Wine Bottles Using Tissue Paper

As we inch closer to those warm summer nights, I find myself looking forward to unwinding on my covered porch, basking in the gentle evening breeze.

However, there’s a little snag in my ideal summer scenario – my condo rules strictly prohibit the use of open flames, which means my dreams of ambient candlelit evenings are a no-go.

Plus, with wooden columns around, I wouldn’t want to flirt with danger anyway. But who says you need candles to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere?

What I decided to do instead was transform ordinary wine bottles into stunning decorative pieces with just Mod Podge, tissue paper, and some cleverly chosen wine bottle lights.

It’s a simple idea, but the results are anything but. If you haven’t ventured into the world of Mod Podge wine bottles before, especially ones that light up your space without a flame in sight, you’re in for a delightful surprise.

This project is my workaround to the no-candle rule, and honestly, it’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It’s given me the chance to explore the joys of Mod Podging on glass, a technique that’s as fun as it sounds.

how to decorate wine bottles with tissue paper

With a few basic supplies and a bit of creativity, I’ve managed to create a lighting scheme that’s both safe for my porch and incredibly charming.

If you’re curious about how to make these illuminated wonders for yourself, I’m excited to share the process with you. It’s a fantastic way to recycle those empty wine bottles into something beautiful and functional, lighting up your evenings with a soft, ambient glow.

So, if you’re ready to turn those forgotten bottles into eye-catching lanterns without worrying about flames or condo rules, stick around.

I’ll show you step by step how to achieve this with Mod Podge and tissue paper, creating something truly special. Let’s embark on this creative journey together and light up our summer nights in style.

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Tips and Thoughts for This Project

Before you begin, you’re going to wash the outside of the bottles with mild soap and then let them dry. We have a post about sticker adhesive removers also.

If you want to punch out tissue paper shapes, you’ll want to stack them up and punch several at once. Tissue paper is hard to punch.

When applying the tissue, it actually works better in this case to put the decoupage medium down, place the shape on top, smooth with your fingers, and then just go right over the top.

Get my guide to buying wine bottle lights here. There are lots of lights out there, so you don’t have to use what I use. The craft store has them, Dollar Tree, etc. You can also get them online which is what my post discusses.

Mod Podge Wine Bottles Using Tissue Paper

I squealed when I turned on the lights to see the glow! Aren’t these wine bottles perfect for your porch? Or for parties? Or just regular home decor? Get the printable how to card below.

Yield: 1 bottle

Mod Podge Wine Bottles

Decorating wine bottles with Mod Podge and tissue paper

Learn how to decorate wine bottles using tissue paper and Mod Podge. Add wine bottle lights to turn them into unique lantern decor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Dry Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Clear wine bottles
  • Tissue paper cut into shapes
  • Mod Podge Gloss


  • Wine bottle lights
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Either punch out or cut out shapes from the various colors of tissue paper.Tissue paper floral pieces in multiple colors
  2. Brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the bottle, press down the shape, smooth, and brush over the top.Tissue paper shapes Mod Podged to a wine bottle
  3. Keep going, overlapping shapes and working your way around the bottle. It works best to put the decoupage medium down, place the shape on top, smooth with your fingers, and then just go right over the top.Star shapes Mod Podged to a clear wine bottle
  4. Finish your bottle by trimming shapes to cover the bottom edge. Let completely dry.Finger smoothing tissue paper shapes down onto the bottle
  5. Add wine bottle lights and display.Mod Podge Wine Bottles Using Tissue Paper

Did You Make This Project?

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If you love Mod Podge wine bottles, let me know in the comments! I also think you’ll be interested in the following posts:

Wine Bottle Crafts: Light My Bottles! Story


Wednesday 26th of April 2023

What size shapes did you use? 1in or 2in?


Friday 28th of April 2023

Mine were 1.5 - 2" but you could use 1"!

Natalie Akin

Thursday 30th of June 2016

I heard you can make homemade modpodge by diluting regular Elmer's glue. Should I try this or buy modpodge?


Thursday 30th of June 2016

Hi Natalie! I wrote about that here:


Sunday 12th of June 2016

Where do you get the lights from


Sunday 12th of June 2016

Hi Marie! I got them here:

Katie Maruca

Friday 20th of May 2016

These are so cute!! I happen to have a couple wine bottles laying around ? so I'll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for the awesome idea!

Tonya Fouse

Friday 13th of May 2016

These are darling, I ordered the lights and tried making them, I can see the lines of my modpodge and my tissue paper doesn't look as vibrant as yours, will try another but any suggestions on how to NOT have the modpodge marks on the glass.

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