Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Alice Through The Looking Glass Mixed Media Bottles

You may not know this, but I'm a HUGE Alice In Wonderland fan!  To celebrate the new Disney movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass,  I created a set of mixed media bottles using images of the main characters.  I had wine bottles on hand, but you could use any type of bottle for this project.  Even a set of pencil holders made out of recycled cans would look amazing.  The rule is that there are no rules!  Every bottle you make will turn out differently.  The key to my success was the DecoArt Metallic Lustres.  They add a beautiful metallic shimmer to any surface....I even painted them on lace!  Water them down or rub them on full strength, it's up to you.  Just remember to have fun, make messes and Make Your Mark!  Big hugs and write if you have a question.....
I'm always around.

My magic garden is the perfect setting!

Metallis Lustres come in a TON of colors!
Watch how I made these here!
Stuff You'll Need
Wine bottles
Book pages
DecoArt Metallic Lustres (in the colors you like)
Fabric flowers
Chandelier crystals and marker caps
Rhinestones, chain, charms
Ribbon and fabric strips
Playing cards
Spray bottle
Glue gun

Here's how:
1. Using Americana Decoupage in matte, cover a wine bottle in ripped book pages
*Always mist both sides of the paper with water to relax it first so it doesn't bubble when you decoupage
2. Print your image on book page paper and on plain paper
(Images are HERE)
3. Cut the book page image about the size of a large wine label and decoupage to the bottle
4. Cut around the image on the plain paper and apply it over the book page "label"
5. Decoupage other images on the back of the bottle
*I used clocks for the White Rabbit bottle
6. & 7.  Hot glue lace and fabric flowers around the image to create a frame
8. 9. & 10. Using the Metallic Luster, paint the bottle and lace and when dry add strips of stick on rhinestones
I started with Fab Fuchsia, added Brilliant Turquoise over it and then highlighted with Gold Rush
11. & 12. Print the Queen of Hearts image and glue it to a real playing card
13. 14. & 15.  Glue a chandelier crystal to an old marker cap and then wrap it in fabric and metallic gold thread to create a decorative stopper
16.  Attach the charms to the chain
17. & 18.  Wrap the ribbon, chain and strips of fabric around the neck of the bottle and then tie the card to the end of one of the hanging strands


  1. Hi Mark
    Each one of these are just beautiful*** loving them!

  2. I was wondering why you didn't go with the John Tenniel illustrations. Love the bootles.

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    2. Hi Kristal, I love the original John Tenniel illustrations but this project was created for the new Disney movie that premieres next week so I wanted to use the characters from that. Also, I really like how colorful they are.

  3. These are amazing! I can think of so many fun ways to use them! TFS xoxo Jen

  4. Great project, love the lustre and the characters are such fun! xx



  7. Another thought would be the theme of Nightmare Before Christmas...would love to find quality pictures of the Caricatures from that ...they would also be amazing!.Fairies....dragons...etc....Now my mind is racing with amazing ideas....lol The possibilities are endless thank you for sharing this idea!...

  8. So fun! I love these! I am also a HUGE Alice fan! I will be making them. I really wish there was a Cheshire Cat image to download too. I love that cat! He's creepy-cool!

  9. Made all four bottles..had great fun! Thank you!
    See pic of them here :) https://www.facebook.com/artbytemperance/posts/793406894128956

  10. I am in process of making these, have all the items except cannot find the lace. Wanted to see where you managed to find yours. Love how they turned out and am anxious to finish making mine.

    1. Hi Nancy, I had some random lace pieces in my stash, but you could use a doily if you can find them at the 99c store. They often have them there. Hope that helps!

  11. Love these....each one a work of art!!

  12. These are so lovely! What a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing Mark.

    Elaine Allen

  13. just stunning Mark and I cannot wait to try these.
    Hugs Linda

  14. Hello Mark: OMG! I just found this DIY about 2 months ago and I actually just finished making all 4 bottles for my granddaughters 15th birthday coming up in November (Alice in Wonderland theme). They came out totally AMAZING! I added a little more bling but followed your DIY to the tea. I had trouble finding just the right lace and ended up buying old lace blouses at the goodwill, cut them up, and that worked perfectly. Thank you so much! I would have never thought of doing this project with different bottles. All my co-workers are blown away at how they came out.
    Thanks again.