how to decoupage wine bottles

Today I will share my little tutorial on how to decoupage a wine bottle.

Here’s what I made, isn’t it awesome?



I love the texture and all the patterns from the papers!

Why wine bottles? Well, because I have a bazillion of them, I have been collecting them for a number of different crafts to make, and so they have been sitting there just waiting for me to do something with them! I have been asking family and friends to save them for me also, so I’ve had a nice steady supply of them coming in.

Important Note: Collaged wine bottles should only be used for decorative purposes – no food or beverage inside! No one wants to eat or drink paper or glue, do they? {Gosh I hope not – it doesn’t sound very nutritious or healthy to do so!}

Okay, so are we ready to get started!?! Let’s get on to the tutorial for making collage and decoupage wine bottles!


Step 1: Gathering Your Supplies

First of all, I want to say to decoupauge you DO NOT NEED MOD PODGE! Sure it’s the “standard” and by all means does work nicely…but you don’t need it! You can decoupage without Mod Podge! So if you don’t have Mod Podge, no worries – regular Elmer’s White Glue or Arleen’s Tacky glue will work just fine. Don’t use the washable school glue brand though – you want the real thing! You can water it down a little if it’s too thick, but this is not necessary when gluing things to the bottle.

Okay. So first I decided on my paper scraps. I have a ton of old books and book pages, so I decided that might be a good place to experiment. And experiment I did!

I just haphazardly ripped out the book pages as I went, not really paying a whole lot of attention. I suppose you could cut out different words and quotes and phrases and make perfect neat little strips – but I’m a creative crafty messy type of person who far more likes and loves the chaos and imperfection of ripped pages.

So, I started at the necl of the wine bottle. I suppose you could start at the top. I really don’t know if there’s one way that’s better than another.

If you’re collaging and decoupaging with images or phrases, you’ll want to make sure you start with all your big pieces of paper first and then add in the small tiny ones. Some people will think about how to place the designs before proceeding to glue it all down – I though just love to make a big giant mess and have fun as I go. Entirely up to you – no pressure to do it either way, because the fun part of crafting and creating – is that it’s supposed to be fun!!!! So if you’re getting stressed out, you’re doing it wrong. Let go and let the wine bottle tell you how to glue stuff on.

Oh, I wanted to note – this will also work on other bottles also! Any bottle. Plastic bottles, wine bottles, vases, whiskey bottles, soda pop bottles…have a blast with this!

Where to Get Awesome Images for Your Wine Bottles:

There are lots of cool spaces and places where you can get images for your decoupaged bottles – in this tutorial I used old book papers and pages I ripped out of books, but don’t limit yourself to just that!  {Especially if you’re the book lover who can’t bear the thought of destroying books!}

Some ideas:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine Clippings
  • Sheet Music
  • Poems & Quotes
  • Old Book Pages

Printed Items: Note, if you are printing out images you should make sure you do so with a laser jet printer – the glue/mod podge/decoupage medium will likely smear the ink jet ink! If you don’t have a laser jet printer, take to a local print shop for color copies – economical and easy!

Of course, I lean towards getting the books and magazines and crafty supply stuff from your local thrift stores and flea markets – but that’s just me. 🙂

Applying the Glue/Mod Podge/Decoupage Medium

So what I do is use a paint brush and paint on the glue to the paper and the bottle, and then stick, then go over with another coat of glue with the brush – yup, brush on a light layer of glue right over the image! This keeps things looking good!

Oh, another important thing to note: Mod Podge and decoupage mediums generally come in various finishes – such as matte, gloss, etc. I love matte, but a lot of people love gloss. Just depends on whether you want it to have some “shine” to it or not.

Here is an important tip for working around the neck of the bottle: Use very small pieces of paper! Small pieces of paper won’t tear or wrinkle nearly as much and it just a whole lot easier to apply!

Last Step: Sealing With Varnish or Gel Medium

This is somewhat optional because white glue or Mod Podge will work just fine, but I wanted to give my wine bottle some durability and a little gloss since I was working with just plain white glue.

I took Gloss Gel Medium {you can get it at most craft stores – I even found it at my local Wal-mart!} – and then just brushed on. Gel medium is basically like an acrylic clear paint that works as glue. It’s NOT a sealer {aka, it won’t nec. be water proof or last forever}, but it does give you a nice glossy finish.

You can see the gloss gel medium also leaves brush strokes in the finish – which is an effect I like, but if you don’t like brush strokes do not use the gel medium!


To seal your work and to make it waterproof, you will want to get one of the “spray paint sealants” – it’s a clear waterproof sealer spray they sell in the craft as well as the paint section at most retail stores. Mod Podge does have a brand for that, so does Kyrlon. I kinda liked the Krylon more when I used it on another project I had last summer.

Be sure to read all safety directions for use and use in a well ventilated area or outdoors!

I hope you enjoy this little tutorial on how to decoupage a wine bottle, and if you make one do let me know how it turns out! 🙂

And be sure to pin this on pinterest and follow us on Facebook – your helping us share our site online makes it possible for us to keep writing awesome stuff like this and bringing you nifty project ideas using thrift shop and recycled materials 🙂



  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve always wanted to do this, but I thought it was for advanced crafters. I now have the confidence !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.