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How To Hydrodip Glass Bottles

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.

hydro dip spray paint technique for recycled bottles
hydro dip spray paint technique for recycled bottles

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.

crown royal bottle to recycle with spray paint

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.

Rustoleum Spray Paint Colors

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).

spray paint a glass bottle

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.

hydro dip glass bottles

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.

how to hydro dip using Rustoleum spray paint

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.

dipping a recycled bottle into water and spray paint hydro dip spray paint project (2)

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.

how to hydro dip glass bottles with spray paint and 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

Rust-Oleum hydro dipped glass bottle

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.

Rustoleum Spray Paint Hydro Dipped recycled bottle by Petticoat Junktion

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.


how to hydro dip glass bottles using Rust-Oleum spray paint and water

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?

hydro dip spray paint technique using recycled bottles
hydro dip spray paint technique using recycled bottles

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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
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Probably not as they are because I did not put a protective sealer over them. Mine are used indoors. I would apply a couple of heavy coats of outdoor sealer.

  2. Are these bottles safe for outdoor decorative use that may be exposed to sunlight, heat, rain, snow? Thanks!

  3. Hi Kathy
    Did you remove the label, or paint over it?
    I have some cool jars, I might try this.
    Great look!!

  4. I love this idea. My husband had some neat bottles as the liquor ran out (LOL), and I saved them all, just not sure for what. Now I can tell him I actually know what I was saving them for.!