Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mermaid Bottles

I was recently given an old-tomato (that's what I call an ultimatum).  My other half said either I weed out my hoard of glass bottles or they would all magically disappear one day when I was out running errands.  I quickly started making bottle projects to prove that I needed every last one of them.  Then something amazing happened.....I started having a blast making bottle projects!  These are the first of many that I will share with you over the next few months.  I call these MIXED MEDIA MERMAID BOTTLES because, well, they have mermaids on them....duh!  The idea to use mermaids was my fab assistant Julie's, btw.   The best part about this project is that there are NO RULES.  Just go crazy with them until you're happy.  Just remember to have fun, make messes and don't forget to Make Your Mark!  xoxo
There are tons of mermaid images to print out from the web
I love using wine bottles, but you could use any shape you want

Watch how I made them here!
Stuff You'll Need
Seashells, pearls and gems
*I used silver, blue and green glitter and blue holographic tape from the 99c store
Teflon scissors if you can find them
*Teflon scissors are great for cutting tape because they don't get gunky
1.  Spray paint the bottle in a shade of blue that you like
2. & 3.  Decoupage the image of the mermaid to the bottle with Americana Decoupage in Gloss
4.  Cut the silver glitter tape in triangles and place them around the mermaid image
5. & 6.  Continue cutting glitter and holographic triangles and placing them around the bottle
*Cover the entire bottle
7.  Add rows of stick on gems along the sides of the triangles emanating from the image and around the neck and mouth of the bottle
8. & 9.  Glue a few large gems around the image with E-6000
10. & 11.  Decorate around the triangles and along the strips of gems with the Allure
*I used Glitter Lime Shine, Turquoise Gloss, Metallic Jade and Glitter Green
12.  Add shells and pearls with more E-6000 until you're happy with it
Fill them with sand from your next vacation!
Learn to make the seashell stoppers here


  1. Hey Mark, OMG!! They are beautiful!! A special thanks to Julie for suggesting mermaids!! Love, love, love!!! Love ya' Patricia B

    1. She really is the BEST assistant. Always great to hear from you Patricia! Big hugs!

  2. Hey Mark ~ Thanks for your reply, and link up !
    You too are Rock Solid... Didn't you LUV Aretha Franklin's ~ Rock Solid ~ from the 70's...??!!! Maybe you are too young, i'll think of you next time I hear this number ! Hugs there Brotha' :) Suse xo

    1. Hellz yeah I loved Rock Solid! I play Aretha almost every day here in the studio. It gets us going!

  3. Just amazing as always!!! Love ya!!!

    1. Love you right back Gina! Thanks for all the support!

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    1. Thanks Chris! I had so much fun making them. Truly a fun way to recycle bottles.

  5. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! This would be such an awesome project during the summer when ur chillaxing at the beach! LOVE IT!

  6. I was too lazy to go to the beach so I printed out a beach photo and enlarged it for the background. Yup, lazy! How are you?

  7. Just found this website. What type of spray paint did you first use-a gloss finish? Anything in particular to stick to glass or will any spray paint work?

    1. I always use Krylon. Dries fast and great colors. I'd say all spray paints would work, though.

  8. Love these mermaid bottles...going to have to try some! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see all your other creations!