How to Marble a Bottle

A marbled bottle is a pretty object suitable for using as a vase, decorative item, or even for filling with kitchen gifts. Here is how to make your own marbled bottle using an ordinary glass bottle.


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    Select the paints wisely. When the paints run together to form the marbling effect, they'll mix and form new colors. Keep the new color combinations in mind in order to avoid dull colors.
    • Related colors work best. For example, keep reds and oranges together and keep blues and greens together.
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    Clean the bottle and remove any labels.
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    Choose an area where it is safe to paint. Cover the work surface with several layers of newspaper to prevent paint spills from going everywhere. The work surface area that is protected should be at least four times as high as the bottle.
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    Put rubber gloves on.
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    Paint the bottle with the base color first. This doesn't need to be an expert painting job but use lots of paint.
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    Dip another brush into the second color. Flick the paint across the bottle; just do it randomly without trying to effect a pattern. In order to paint around the whole bottle, insert one finger into the neck of the bottle and carefully move it around.
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    Repeat this process with the third and fourth paint colours. Use a new brush each time.
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    Allow the colors to run. Just leave the bottle standing and the colors will run down it. This creates the marbling effect. Make any touch-ups that might be needed.
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    Leave the bottle to dry for several days.
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    Once the bottle has dried, remove any newspaper attached to the base of the bottle. If needed, lean on the side to dry the base. The bottle is now ready for using as a vase or decorative object.


  • Use interestingly shaped bottles to make an array of lovely marbled bottles for display.
  • This effect was a popular decorative trick used in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • It's important to work quickly when flicking the paint colors on.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bottle; a cider, beer, or wine bottle are ideal sizes
  • Small tins of enamel paint, 3 to 4 colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft knife with a sharp blade
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Rags
  • Turpentine

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Categories: Glass and Stained Glass Projects