I have been saving up wine bottles because I have been wanting to try writing on them with hot glue, and then painting over it to see how it would look. It seemed like such an easy way to say something short and sweet, send a message, or label something. I have been feeling “market” inspired lately, so I went with a flower shop motif, and even crated a little vignette, just for fun.
I’ve seen this craft done on Pinterest, and for all my searching I can’t seem to find any original source for the idea so that I could give credit, but I welcome the input if anyone knows.
Hot glue writing on chippy painted bottles
I ran into a few challenges when making these but all in all, I would call this an afternoon project.
Here are the steps I followed and some tips I found handy:
- Soak wine bottles in hot water with a bit of dish soap.
- Scrape off labels a plastic dish scraper or plastic spatula.
- If there is still glue on the bottle, or the label is hard to remove, dry the outside of the bottle, add some cooking oil to a paper towel and rub the paper towel onto the glue in circular motions to remove. Clean bottle with soap and water. Repeat if needed.
- Wipe down all bottles with very thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.
- Heat up hot glue gun and practice wording on a piece of card board or paper.
- Lay wine bottle down on the table and begin the hot glue writing onto the bottle. Try to keep your writing elbow on the table for a more steady guide.
- Try to make thicker letters if possible.
- If you don’t like the look of the writing, repeat the cleaning process mentioned above. The hot glue will come off in much the same way the paper labels came off provided you use the plastic scraper, oil, then finish with alcohol rub.
- Once you like the look of the writing, remove the hot glue webs with a dampened paper towel, the go over it with a dry paper towel. You can also use a tweezers to remove any stubborn glue gun webs.
- apply one coat of chalk paint, let dry, then apply a second coat, if desired.
- Sand the paint down with a very slightly damped sanding sponge (#220).
- Buff the paint off the hot glue letters with a slightly dampened Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
- Whatever you do, don’t do this project right after having your morning cup of coffee;)
As far as problems went, I didn’t wipe down my bottles with alcohol, so some of the letters were coming loose when I was trying to apply a second coat of paint, but I found that letting the first coat of paint dry completely helped.
Other than that, I found that I had to practice writing on the bottle a few times before I got the hang of it, so I would recommend having a sacrificial glass bottle or glass jar to practice the glue gun writing on if you want to save time.
The snow has just literally melted a day or two before, so it was fun to get into a Springy mode for an afternoon. I had to practice the lettering a few times, and even then, it wasn’t completely straight as one can see, but I’m glad I gave this project a try, challenges aside, I think they turned out pretty cute.
Have you ever though of using hot glue to create wording on something?
I’ve since made these Buoy Bottles using E6000 glue and had great results.
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Cheryl in Wisconsin says
I really enjoy the look of these, Amy. I can imagine how hard it is to keep a steady hand when writing, but that kind of adds to the charm of the finished project. This is something I’d like to try some day – pinning! Thanks!
Cheryl, with your eye for style, I know you’ll find a cool way to hot glue label something. I found that it’s pretty easy and quick to do, provided you practice a little and make sure you don’t have the coffee trembles, lol. I want to try it on some other surfaces, too, like labeling plastic craft bins or stuff like that. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and for pinning. It’s supposed to warm up around here this weekend. I hope you guys will be getting some of that warmth up there, too – Amy
Feral Turtle says
This is fantastic Amy!! You always come up with such cool projects. Hope you have a great weekend!
You’re too kind, Karen. I’m so glad you like it and I hope you have a great weekend, too xox
Linda Nelson says
Super cute idea!
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
That does look tricky to do, need a steady hand for sure. Love how your bottles turned out, they look great in that display!
Haha, it does take some practice, but once I got the hang of it, it was pretty fun to do. Thanks so much, Audra!
The bottles came out great…and look great the way you are showcasing them.
Have a wonderful week.
Thanks Marigene, It was fun pulling together the flower market vignette. Hope you have a great week, too ~ Amy
I love these! I’ve seen it on Pinterest too and have thought about giving it a try!
You should give it a try, Tania, once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty fun!
Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage says
Your bottles turned out great Amy! Love the vignette with the beautiful flowers. I’d love to try this, but I am seriously writing challenged. I can’t even write pretty on a chalk board. lol. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.