Have & Make: Gilded Water Bottle Centerpiece

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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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 :)

    • admin says

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

    • admin says

      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!

  3. Liz.Archie says

    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?

    • admin says

      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


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