How to Make a Glass Bottle Centerpiece

Create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece with recycled glass bottles, a wood plank and gold paint.
bottle and wood centerpiece

Bottle Centerpiece

Make a bottle centerpiece using only a few materials and tools.

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Materials and Tools:

hand saw
1x4 x 6’ wood plank
painter’s tape
gold paint
1-1/4” paddle bit
wood glue
5 recycled glass bottles
tape measure
speed square
220-grit sanding block
bar clamps

Cut Wood Plank

Measure and mark the wood plank at 24”. Use a speed square and pencil to make a straight line across the wood. Cut along the line using a hand saw. Repeat steps to make two planks at 24".

Cut Remaining Wood

Measure, mark and cut remaining wood plank at 7”. Repeat to make two planks at 7”.

Dan Faires measuring a wood plank at 7 inches

Measure Wood Plank

Measure and mark two wood planks at 7".

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Create Centerpiece Base

Run a bead of glue along both ends of the two 7-inch pieces. Place the 7-inch pieces inside vertically on each end of the two 24-inch pieces, creating a long rectangle. Clamp the wood using bar clamps, and let dry for 24 hours. Remove the clamps.

Sand Base

Lightly sand all of corners and edges with a 220-grit sanding block.

Dan Faires lightly sanding wood centerpiece

Sand Centerpiece

Lightly sand all edges of the wood centerpiece until smooth.

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Mark Bottle Locations

On the top of the piece, measure horizontally for center and mark with a pencil. Measure for center vertically and make another mark, creating a plus sign. From the plus sign in the center, measure 4” and 8” horizontally in each direction and mark with a pencil. Then, find the center vertically for each mark, creating a total of five plus signs along the top of the piece.

Drill Holes

Using a 1-1/4-inch paddle bit, drill a hole at each plus sign. Lightly sand with a 220-grit sanding block.

Paint Bottles

Tape off five recycled bottles in your desired pattern with painter's tape. Paint the bottles gold, and let dry. Remove tape.

Place Bottles

Fill bottles with water halfway. Insert bottles, sliding the necks through the holes in the top of the wood piece, and fill with your favorite flowers.

Dan Faires placing glass bottles inside a wood centerpiece

Place Bottles

Place bottles inside wood centerpiece

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bottle centerpiece

Bottle Centerpiece

Make a bottle centerpiece for your next gathering using only a few materials and tools.

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