Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial

Craftiments:  Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial

A few months back I found a package of pretty vintage paper doilies at the thrift store and decided to try decoupaging them onto empty wine bottles.  I love how my bottles turned out and want to share with you a simple tutorial for making them.

  • paper doilies
  • empty bottles or jars
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • paint brush with stiff bristles
  • clear acrylic spray


1.  Thoroughly wash and dry your bottle.

2.  Cut pieces of doily and lay out your design.

paper doily
cut out pieces of doily

3.  Brush a very thin layer of glue onto the back of the doily. Less is better than more. Too much glue will soak into the paper and cause the doily to rip when you try to pick it up. If necessary, thin the glue with a few drops of water to make it easier to spread.

brush on thin layer of glue

4.  Carefully position the doily on the bottle. It's ok if the edges don't adhere completely because they will be glued down in the next step.

position on bottle

5.  Brush glue over the top of the doily, using the bristles to gently press it onto the bottle. The paper will stick as it becomes saturated with glue.

6.  Allow the glue to dry, then apply a second coat.

brush on glue
add a second coat of glue

7.  When completely dry, seal the bottle with one or two coats of clear acrylic spray. The acrylic will provide a water resistent finish, which is particularly important if you intend to use it as a vase. Done!

A closer look at my finished bottles.....

Craftiments:  Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial
Craftiments:  Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial
Craftiments:  Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial

{Tutorial added 4/21/13}


  1. gorgeous, I'd love to see this on clear wine bottles too! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  2. What a great idea! Doilies are inexpensive, and add so much sophistication to an otherwise plain bottle!

  3. These are so pretty! Love them with the blossoms!


  4. What a beautiful idea! Great project! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  5. I just love these! What a great idea! I will be writing a Mother's Day post tomorrow and I would love to have your permission to feature this craft! Please email me at I will give you full credit and make sure your Blog site is mentioned.

    Also, thank you for linking this up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! Can't wait to see what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at (Now following your social media)

  6. These are really pretty! I love anything with bottles.

  7. lovely idea!!I also love painting bottles and using them as lamp shades or vases. pl see the follo link for my experiments with painted bottles
    I would love your feedback...

  8. These are beautiful!!! Stopping by from Talking About Thursday Link Party (

  9. These are so pretty Kirtin. I have a beautiful turquoise bottle that this would look good on. Thanks for sharing & blessings to you, Patti

  10. Cute idea! will be pinning this one!

  11. I love ideas like this that are so simple but pretty!! :)

  12. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week!

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page...follow this link to submit your project!

    Be sure to stop by and grab a button...

  13. Really beautiful idea and blog! lovely! Thanks for sharing :)
    I'm an enthusiastic DIYer from Barcelona, would you like to follow each other on bloglovin'?
    Big kisses

  14. I love this! So pretty :)

    I've featured it today and I've pinned this post!

  15. This is so pretty! I have tons of paper doilies so I'll have to give this a try. Just a lovely upcycle idea - pinned it to my upcycle board.


  16. Such a great idea! I have a few bottles I'll have to try this with.

  17. I am very late (I'm so sorry!!) but I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for sharing this post at my Say G'Day Saturday linky party! I have pinned this and shared it on Twitter too.

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  18. Hi Kristin,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of doily crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!