Paint dipped bottles

I’m going to a baby shower next week and the guests have been asked to either do some baking for it or make a pastel coloured decoration. I can’t bake, or rather I won’t bake – I don’t eat sugar so I try to avoid coming into contact with cake – so I have decided to make a decoration.

I don’t want to spend any money on the decoration (no salary for me anymore!) so I have used things that I already have at home. I’ve got a few glass drinks bottles that I save if we have one of those nice soft drinks, like lemonade or elderfower cordial. They always seem too nice to recycle but take up a lot of room in kitchen cupboards so I’m glad to get rid of them, to be honest. I also have loads of left over tins of paint and small paint sample pots so I’m going to try my hand at paint dipped bottles that can be used to serve drinks on the day.

You will need:

– Glass bottles (or try with jars and use as vases or pen pots)

– paint (I’m using eggshell emulsion, which won’t last for long. Use a glass paint if you want it to last forever!)

– bowl, that you don’t mind putting paint in, but if you have a large tin of paint you can just dip the bottles straight into that with out the need for a bowl

– newspaper

– string to suspend the bottles whilst they dry (I strung them from a clothes horse).

How to make paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

Step by step:

How to make paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

1. Pour the paint into a bowl. Tip it to one side and roll the end of the bottle around until it is evenly covered in paint. Have a go with an empty jar first to get the technique right.

How to make paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

2. Hold the bottle above the paint for a couple of minutes to allow as much excess paint as possible to drip off back into the bowl.

Paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

3. Suspend the bottles with string to allow the rest of the excess paint to drip off. Make sure to put newspaper or plastic sheet down to catch the drips. Allow to dry overnight.

How to make paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

All finished!

How to make paint dipped bottles by Apartment Apothecary

I hope they look pretty on the baby shower table.

Happy paint-dipping!

Katy x




  1. Najette
    7th August 2014 / 3:58 pm

    Love it! So clever Katy! xxx

    • katy
      11th August 2014 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Naj x

  2. 7th August 2014 / 8:36 pm

    They look so pretty, and last a lot longer than cake 🙂 Very interested to hear you don’t eat sugar, it’s my addiction, and I give it up every so often but always end up falling off the ladder, it’s so bad for you though, I will keep trying! X

    • katy
      11th August 2014 / 2:30 pm

      I have been off sugar for about eight years and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are so many amazing recipes out there now, if you have a really sweet tooth, that are sugar free. Check out this website: xx

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