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Repetition and shine are two things that always makes an impact.  Simple plastic water bottles de-labeled, cleaned, and painted with gold make a stunning centerpiece.  Painting the bottom gold actually has a purpose too.  The paint works to hide the tell-tale water bottle shape of the bottom.  Doing them in multiples takes the focus off of the detail (that it’s a water bottle) and puts emphasis on the whole picture.

You know I’ll dip, paint, or gild pretty much anything so my eyes turned to my recycling bin last weekend.  Create a cheap, easy, and plentiful arrangement for dinner, or scatter around the house in threes.  This project sure has a lot of bang for your buck.

*quick House of Earnest tip: for cleaning the label glue off the bottles, use Goo Gone or an other citrus oil cleaner and then run through the dishwasher on the top rack.  And, If you use cold water instead of warm like I did, your vases shouldn’t steam 🙂

 Have a PLENTIFUL Thursday!

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  • Erin, this is fantastic! What a simple and affordable way to make such a chic-looking vase. I am definitely doing this next weekend. Thanks!

  • amazing! I never would have guessed they were plastic water bottles

  • This is great! I’m thinking the perfect centre piece for a party.

  • What a great idea! So simple and beautiful…will need to do this soon!

  • Wow, those definitely don’t look like plastic water bottles! I love this idea and I may try it with some old pickle and jam jars too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great project! I too am happy to dip anything in gold.

  • Very creative Erin. Your repurposed centerpiece turned out lovely! I’m looking at my old water bottles very differently now!

  • I love these! i did a similar project a while back but on glass vases…I love the idea of breathing new life in to water bottles 🙂

  • erin, i LOVE these!! so simple and pretty.

  • I’m over here just wowing to myself. This is gorgeously modern and simple! Bravo, Erin!!

  • So cute and easy. Great centerpiece for that Mother’s Day Brunch!

  • I’m predicting this will be another Pinterest phenom!

  • Oh my gosh. These are gorgeous!! I just showed these to my lil’ sis. I’m trying to convince her to get married. She needs a groom (!), but still.

    Great project!

    • you’re hilarious! She can go ahead and start planning her wedding. Or, better yet, we can start planning it for her 🙂

  • It’s a fabulous idea! Thanks for this

  • Love this idea. So simple and yet so elegant looking. Now I just want a reason to make my own!

    • Elana – really any reason is good! I just have mine on the dining room table to hold some flowers from our garden – it sure brightened my weekend!

  • This is such a great idea! I love projects like this that are inexpensive but look like you would pay much more for the final product.
    What is the name of the gold spray paint you used?

    • Hi Liz – I used rustoleum specialty metallic spray paint in gold. Here is a link to the specific type on Amazon, although I bought mine at Micheals craft store

  • What a great and easy DIY. Am linking this to this Friday’s weekend reads!!


    • I can’t thank you enough for your inspiration! This is what I created to use as a wedding centerpiece (6.9.12). To account for an outdoor wedding, I added rocks to the bottom!

  • Wow! What a glamorous way to recycle! Definitely trying this out!

  • I thought the steam was spray on etching! Beautiful project, thanks!

  • Love your blog and how you upcycled plastic bottles and so I featured you in my roundup of plastic bottle crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  • Wonderful! It’s Amazing!

  • THIS.IS.BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!

  • J’adore, c’est très joli et c’est une super bonne idée !