This holiday season, I wanted to do the same thing as I couldn't bring a ton of stuff over from France, and the thought of buying American goods seemed lackluster. So I decided to do something à la française for mes amis. I'll take you through the project and hopefully you'll be able to find some inspiration for your next gift idea.
I began searching around a West Elm home goods store, figuring that all of my friends could use something for their apartments. I had no luck finding anything specific, so I bought four glass bottles. Two of them were made using recycled glass! Even better.
Intent on decorating these bottles, I decided on the use of stained glass painting materials to decorate. Armed with my bottles and paint, I set to work making the bottles.
What You'll Need:
-clear glass bottle
-nail polish remover
-stained glass paint materials (can be found at any crafts store, your local Hobby Lobby/ Michael's, etc.)
have both the paint and liquid leading which will be used as the outer lining for the paint
-toothpicks or bamboo skewers (anything pointy that can be the quill to your liquid leading)
-anything you think should be added as decoration
First, I suggest you find a stencil or pattern that can be used as a guide once you start applying the liquid leading. I chose a French symbol, the fleur de lys which can be seen on the table. I originally wanted to do a paisley pattern but it would have been too complex for the four bottles I needed to complete in two days.
I have an incredibly messy workspace.
You can faintly see the permanent marker lines on the glass cup that I did a trial run on. To avoid this, use the nail polish remover to remove the unwanted markings that will not be a part of your stencil. It's easier to do before you apply the liquid leading, but you must remove the markings before you start filling in your design with the paint. Or else you'll end up with unattractive black lines in your design.
After drawing the stencil, prepare the liquid leading by giving it a good shake, then putting a dollop on some paper. Then, use your toothpick/pointed writing device to go over the permanent marker lines. This is fairly easy, but tedious and time consuming. For better stability, I placed my bottle in a drying towel rolled to prop it up.
When you think the liquid leading has dried (about 30 minutes), fill the inside of the design with your paint of choice. I suggest putting on two coats of paint to really showcase the color. For my project, I decided to make all the fleurs de lys one color. In the pictures, I chose "pearl white." My favorite was a magenta color placed on a green bottle. Quite beautiful.
You will need to wait several hours for the paint to completely dry. Otherwise, you risk the running of the paint, or nick marks from other objects.
And then you're done with the bottle!
turtleneck: Uniqlo, jeans: H&M, shoes: Steve Madden, necklace: gift