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Vintage Altered Shabby Chic Bottles

Americana® Acrylics

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Vintage Altered Shabby Chic Bottles

designed by Gail Schmidt

Bring Vintage back to life with these lovely altered bottles, combining a variety of media and embellishments.

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Learn more about Americana® Acrylics.


Americana® Acrylics

  • Espresso (DA271)
  • Light Mocha (DA241)
  • Poodleskirt Pink (DA267)
  • Sea Glass (DA297)
  • Warm White (DA239)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • White Gesso (DMM18)

Glamour Dust™ Glitter Paint

  • Champagne Gold (DGD19)

Glamour Dust™ Sprinkle-On Glitter

  • Crystal (DAS37)


  • Glazing Medium™ (DS18)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • rubbing alcohol
  • sandpaper
  • E6000 glue (E6000)
  • small container
  • small spray bottle of water
  • plain white text paper
  • baby wipes
  • black ink pad
  • Paris word stamp, Eiffel Tower stamp (of choice)
  • tacky glue
  • toothpicks
  • jump rings
  • bottle toppers: corsage pins, beads, old/new door or drawer knobs
  • lace
  • cork to fit bottle
  • scrim or cheesecloth
  • glass bottles (new or vintage, in any size or shape)
  • craft glue
  • embellishments of choice
  • printed images (of choice; cut to fit)
  • needle nose pliers
  • bead glue
  • silk sari ribbon (colors of choice)


NOTES: Let dry completely between painting steps. Clean the surface of the bottles with rubbing alcohol and paper towels. Let dry completely before beginning the painting and embellishing.

  1. AQUA BOTTLE: Cut small random shapes of scrim or cheesecloth. Working small areas at a time, brush Americana Matte Decou-Page on the bottle; add pieces of scrim; and add more Decou-Page on top. Wrinkle and scrunch. Cover the entire bottle in this manner. Let dry.
  2. Sand to help smooth jagged or rough edges. (Optionally you can randomly add small strips of lace using Decou-Page for more texture and let dry.)
  3. Apply a layer of White Gesso over the entire bottle. Let dry. Sand again.
  4. Basecoat the bottle Sea Glass. Let dry.
  5. Lightly sand to highlight the folds and wrinkles of texture.
  6. Mix Espresso with Glazing Medium according to the manufacturer’s directions. Brush the glaze over the bottle and gently wipe off for a light antiquing effect. Let dry well.
  7. With an extremely dry brush, lightly brush on Warm White to help highlight texture edges.
  8. PINK BOTTLE: Pour a small amount of Americana Matte Decou-Page into a small container. With the spray bottle, mist a couple of paper towels. Tear towels into small pieces. Working small areas at a time, brush Decou-Page on the bottle; add the pieces of paper towel, and add Decou-Page over these pieces. (Folds and wrinkles are good as we want texture.) Cover the entire bottle in this manner. Let dry.
  9. Sand to help smooth the jagged or rough edges, and apply a layer of White Gesso to the entire bottle. Let dry. Sand again.
  10. Create a pastel pink color by mixing small amounts of Poodleskirt Pink and Light Mocha on the palette or plastic plate. Basecoat the bottle with this mix. Let dry.
  11. Sand lightly to highlight the wrinkles and folds of texture.
  12. Mix Espresso with Glazing Medium according to the manufacturer's directions. Brush over the bottle and gently wipe off for light antiquing effect. Let dry well.
  13. NEUTRAL BOTTLE: Tear random small shapes out of the text paper. Working small areas at a time, brush Decou-Page on the bottle; add the pieces of the text paper; and add more Decou-Page on top. Cover the entire bottle in this manner. Let dry.
  14. Lightly sand any rough areas.
  15. Randomly and sparingly stamp the word “Paris” and the Eiffel Tower image on the bottle. Let dry.
  16. Dry-brush the entire bottle with Light Mocha. Let dry.
  17. Lightly dry-brush the bottle with Crystal Glamour Dust; let dry; and then dry-brush with Champagne Gold. Let dry.
  18. Sand lightly.
  19. BOTTLE TOPS: For the bottles without corks (Pink and Neutral Bottle; see photo): Add some E6000 glue to the screw of a small drawer pull. Start wrapping a strip of paper towel around the screw, occasionally adding a dab of glue. Wrap and test fitting it into the bottle opening until it fits snugly. Add E6000 glue to the bottom rim of the knob and inside of the bottle throat and paper towel. Insert the knob in the bottle, making sure it is straight. Set the bottle aside and let it dry well.
  20. For bottle with cork (Aqua Bottle in photo): Use a corsage pin to add small beads/bead spacers to the pin shaft. With the cork in the bottle, push pin through center of cork.
  21. The throats of bottles are wrapped with silk sari ribbon. Start with a dab of E6000 Glue on the ribbon end and bottle throat to help keep the ribbon in place. Wrap the throat loosely and tuck the end of the ribbon under the fold with a small dab of E6000.
  22. EMBELLISHING AND FINISHING: For any lace edges around the image, first test the image and lace placement. When satisfied, use tacky glue to adhere the lace; let dry; and then glue down the image. (Because of the texture under the image, don’t rub hard on the image when gluing down.)
  23. Around a glued image, use E6000 on a toothpick to add a bead of glue to lay down the rhinestone (or broken necklace) chain. Tiny #15 or #11 seed beads can also edge the image well. Use bead glue to lay down a thin bead of glue around part or all of the image. Pour seed beads over the glue; shake off excess; and leave laying flat to dry well. (You could do the same with glitter if you don’t have seed beads.)
  24. Add flowers, buttons, and/or old jewelry pieces on an edge or two of the image. (Scrunch and glue small piece of lace and tulle to the area first to provide better surface adhesion for any hard or not totally flat objects.)
  25. Add embellishments to the ribbon wrapped the throat of bottle: Adding an old necklace chain around the throat of the bottle allows you to add charms and dangles using jump rings. Adding fibers around the throat adds softness, another layer, and, with jump rings, allows you to add dangles.


Free images used on the bottles are available at