Spray paint lovers, this project is for you. Recycling also involved for my thrifty friends. These hydro dip glass bottles are colorful and unique and the paint technique is easy. You will never get the same paint finish twice with hydro dipping. I have photos, a tutorial, and a video showing the process. Watch the video because the technique is so much easier to follow.
The red, white, and blue spray paint colors I choose for the hydro dip are so pretty. I love the glossy look of the paint. You also see two more bottles I upcycled in different ways. The bottle on the left with the jewel in the center is a new project. The glass jar on the right with the candle is an older project.
The Crown Royal bottle was in the middle of the street in front of our workshop. I think it fell out of a vehicle (or was thrown out) when the twenty-something neighbor girl had parties several nights in a row when her Dad was out of town. When the cat's away and all that. The bottle came in handy.
I have a bunch of Rust-Oleum spray paint but I had to go to the store to get the pretty red (wrong tops on the cans in this photo, lol).
It's best to spray paint your hydro dip project before doing the dipping. For some reason the paint adheres better or maybe it's just a better base for the finished look. I used Rust-Oleum color Ink Blue for the base color.
For the hydro dipping, you need a large pail or plastic container. Line it with a plastic shopping bag for easy cleanup. Fill the bag-lined bucket with water. Next, choose at least 3 spray paint colors for your project. I always use white in the color mix because it gives a cleaner look. Using red, blue, pink, or any other three colors to me looks dark and muddy. Just my opinion.
Spray a lot of the paint into the water layering the colors. I started with Apple Red, then used Blossom White, next was Ink Blue, then I sprayed another bit of Blossom White.
I used a small paint stirrer and ran it gently over the colors to add a design. You can do this step or skip it.
Gently dip the bottle or whatever your project is into the water. Use the paint stirrer and run it around the bottle in the water to clear the excess paint off the water.
Pull the bottle out of the water at an angle just like you dipped it into the water. And you're done. Photos of the finished bottle are below and also the video tutorial.......
Hydro Dipping Spray Paint Technique
Once the paint dries add flowers to make a pretty vase or just display the bottle as is. The photo above shows what I call the backside of the bottle.
This photo shows the other side. I love those colors. I little more red would have been nice. Maybe next time. You can use this technique on all kinds of things. Of course small items work best. Try using a cell phone case, wood tray, candle holders, etc.
So what do you guys think about this project?? Awesome huh? It's a lot of fun and the paint finish is always a surprise. I want to try using orange, fuchsia, lime green, and white on something. Not sure what. Maybe some kind of candle holder?
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Leave a note if you have time. I would love to hear your thoughts on this method and if you are going to give it a try. Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.