Yesterday I had a very creative day since I had a day off from work and with a birthday of a friend coming up, I decided to try out a new technique. And the name of the technique is (drumroll please…) shabby chic.
So in this post, I’ll share with you the exacts steps that I followed and we’re going to find out together how to decoupage on bottle with shabby chic technique.
This is another tutorial with a bottle as the main object. And there’s a good reason for it.
I’ve got so many bottles in my cupboards that makes them the perfect objects for experimentation. Besides that, you’re doing a good deed for the environment by recycling them.
As I started explaining earlier, I’m planning to offer the particular bottle as a present to a birthday party, filled with homemade cherry liqueur. I’m looking at you Anastasia! 🙂
So what is shabby chic technique anyway?
Before we start learning how to decoupage on a bottle with this technique and get to the steps of this tutorial, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what shabby chic is.
This way you get an idea on when and for what purpose to implement it.
Shabby chic is normally an interior design technique where aged furniture with signs of wear are chosen to give a room an antique feeling.
Similarly, you can use this technique in crafting. More particularly, it’s the technique with which new items are edited in such way so that they appear as if they are antiques with signs of wear.
Shabby chic is a great technique when you want to combine and experiment with other techniques, colors and decoration. Speaking of which, we’re going to make such combination on today’s tutorial.
At a future project, I’ll try to implement this technique on furniture as well, so stay tuned!
The basic materials that we’re going to need today.
You can use any object that you deem appropriate. Normally, I decoupage on bottles since it’s easier and much cheaper than other objects. There’s literally no household without spare bottles.
Since the shabby chic technique is mostly used on furniture, a bottle or an inexpensive object, is perfect for experimentation.
When you decoupage with shabby chic technique, lace looks great because it gives old and traditional appearence on the object.
I didn’t use any lace for this object but you can feel free to decorate yours with it. Maybe on a wooden object? I’m confident that it would look outstanding!
Decoupage paper, Rice paper or Napkin
When I decoupage on bottle and on almost all objects, a layer with primer is essential when I want to add the rest of the materials.
We’re going to need two acrylic paints, one dark and one light color.
Handmade flowers and twine
The tools that we’re going to need
Let’s get started!
How to decoupage on bottle with shabby chic technique step by step
First thing I want to do, is apply the primer across the entire surface of the bottle with a medium brush. Then, I let it dry.
When the primer is already dry, I start painting it with dark acrylic color and then I let it sit again, until it dries.
I get one tealight and rub it against the bottle across the entire surface.
Bear in mind that you don’t want very large pieces of tealight on the object. This is why I also use a brush to sweep those large pieces away.
Time to apply the light acrylic paint.
I place a little bit of color on a small disposable plate or on a piece of aluminium folium.
Now, I take a little bit of color with the sponge and I color the bottle by patting the surface.
It’s finally time for the shabby chic technique.
I take the sandpaper and I rub the surface gently from top to bottom.
You’ll soon realize that the light color starts peeling off like an orange peel, revealing the dark color underneath that you painted first.
Don’t apply too much pressure on the bottle. Remember that the goal is to keep the colors of each layer and you want to make it look as if it wore off due to aging.
The good thing about the tealight that I previously applied is that it protects the first acrylic color that I painted from the sandpaper and it doesn’t peel off.
Tip: You can also apply the light acrylic color first and add the dark one later. Try to experiment with both combinations.
Now, we need to choose the pattern that we’re going to use.
You can select among rice paper, decoupage paper and napkin. I used decoupage paper but this doesn’t mean that other types wouldn’t work on your object.
When you find the pattern that you want to use, put it in a plate that is filled with water and soak it for 20 seconds or so.
Meanwhile, I apply decoupage glue on the spot where you plan to place the pattern.
Once the pattern is wet and I’m done with the decoupage glue, I place the pattern carefully on the bottle and I apply decoupage glue radially starting from the center of the pattern.
When I’m finished with the above, I let it dry.
Now that everything is dry again, I use patina to emphasize few spots on the pattern.
As you can see from the picture, I applied patina with my finger on the leaves and on the lip of the bottle.
I’m done with coloring and applying the patina, I let the object dry.
Later on, I apply a layer of varnish across the entire surface. I let it dry once again and then I make another pass with the varnish.
This last step is where all the fun is. And I’m talking about decoration!
I sticked a handmade flower at the neck of the bottle and I tied it with twine.
You can let your imagination run wild and you can add more decorative elements to your object.
The bottle is now ready!
I hope you liked today’s tutorial. Let me know what you think!
Here are two more bottles for inspiration: