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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!


29 Comments on “Have & Make: Gilded Water Bottle Centerpiece”

  1. Lauren {Stylized Existence} April 19, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    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!

  2. jacquelyn | lark & linen April 19, 2012 at 9:09 am #

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

  3. Giulia April 19, 2012 at 9:23 am #

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

  4. Victoria April 19, 2012 at 9:30 am #

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

  5. Jess April 19, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    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!

  6. Mandy P. April 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

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

  7. Erin | Holtwood Hipster April 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

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

  8. Kate April 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    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 :)

  9. laura parke April 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

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

  10. Rebecca - A Daily Something April 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

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

  11. Cindi April 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

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

  12. Heather / It's So Suburban April 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m predicting this will be another Pinterest phenom!

  13. Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel April 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    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!

    • admin April 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

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

  14. tifleur April 23, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    It’s a fabulous idea! Thanks for this

  15. Elana April 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

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

    • admin April 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      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!

  16. Liz.Archie April 24, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    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 April 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      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

  17. Natalie Azzopardi May 8, 2012 at 9:25 am #

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


  18. becomingelizabeth June 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

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

  19. tunie July 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

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

  20. Mel the Crafty Scientist October 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    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

  21. mario March 26, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Wonderful! It’s Amazing!

  22. Design Thoughts~Kim May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am #

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


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