Bourbon Bottle Pumpkins & Gourds

Bourbon Bottle Pumpkins & Gourds

It’s been over a year since we’ve been allowed to recycle glass in our area- and every time I have to toss a glass bottle, it breaks my heart again and again. And in the year (plus) that has passed, we have most definitely altered our shopping habits to be more mindful of this problem. But there are simply some things- like bourbon!- that only come in glass. After our junkin’ journey trip to Louisville, our interest in bourbon grew, so we’ve been in a bit of a quandary.But after shopping at a liquor store with my husband, I started to pay attention to the shapes of the bourbon bottles. That’s when I posed a compromise to him: He could have his bourbon without recycling guilt if *I* could select the bottles! Why, you might ask? Well…I started to see them not as bottles…but as pumpkins and gourds

Glass bourbon and whiskey bottles to be repurposed and upcycled as hand-painted pumpkins and gourds by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think I can work with these shapes!

And yes, yes- I know this isn’t a brand new idea- to paint bottles into pumpkins, but it became a fun scavenger hunt to find perfectly gourd-y shaped bottles, and I wanted to try my hand at it! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

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Video Tutorial

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Full Tutorial: Glass Bottle Pumpkins and Gourds

Now, even though I’m a spray-paint-kind-of-gal, I really wanted to hand-paint my pumpkins / gourds (you’ll find out why in a minute). But I know how aggravating it can be to work with acrylic paint on glass, so I took an important first step- and sprayed them with white primer first (after removing the labels, of course).

Spray painting glass liquor bottles with primer before hand-painting for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An important first step before hand painting with acrylics!

Once the primer had dried, my bottles were ready to take on inexpensive craft paint with ease! So I assembled a collection of different orange paints (and a light green one that isn’t shown), as well as some cheap crafting paint brushes, too.

Using craft paint to upcycle bottles into hand-painted pumpkins and gourds for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Preparing to paint!

And this is why I wanted to hand-paint my bottles…I had this idea that I could slightly swirl two or three colors (not swirled to mix…but colors pulled into spider web designs with a toothpick) and get striations of color, like on real gourds. And you know what? It worked!

Using craft paint to upcycle bottles into hand-painted pumpkins and gourds for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They look amazing in person!

I planned on wrapping the bottle necks with jute twine, but went ahead and preemptively painted them a dark green/brown for underneath the jute. JUST IN CASE the jute didn’t cover it completely…

Hand-painted glass bottle pumpkins and gourds for autumn and fall decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Painted and ready for the finishing touches!

To finish up my bottle gourds, I started winding jute twine around the dark green neck, using my hot glue gun to hold it in place. Then, I scavenged some leaves from a floral stem from Michael’s– they had just the “veiny-ness” I was looking for! I hot glued them in place and continued to wrap with twine.

Wrapping the bottle neck of a hand painted glass bottle pumpkin with jute twine by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh, yeah- I love where this is going!

Wrapping the bottle neck of a hand painted glass bottle pumpkin with jute twine by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love it!!

Ta-da, my bourbon bottle pumpkins / gourds!! Don’t they look terrific? It really pays to hand-paint them to get those different colors in there.

The best way to paint glass bottles into repurposed and upcycled pumpkins and gourds for DIY autumn and fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My perfect gourd trio!

I think we may go shopping for a few more stout-shaped bottles so I can make more using green and yellow paints…to look more like gourds than pumpkins. But I’ll definitely be incorporating these into my autumn decorating, year after year.

The best way to paint glass bottles into repurposed and upcycled pumpkins and gourds for DIY autumn and fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They turned out better than I even imagined…

And if you’re looking for more repurposed Autumn/Fall DIY ideas, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. These are adorable! I love how you used the different colors to make them look like real gourds.

  2. What a cute idea, and shading the orange looks more realistic.

  3. Gentle Joy Photography says:

    Your bottle/pumpkins look festive and fun! 🙂

  4. Very cute, Sarah! Great way to re-purpose those cocktail bottles. (We’d probably have an endless supply of “pumpkins”, lol!) Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  5. chris tucker says:

    sarah this is so good looking and i love the paint job, pinned xx

  6. Very cute!

  7. GREAT idea – I can se me using these for centerpieces!! Hope you come join us at Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/22/reader-tip-tuesday-party-crafts-recipes/
    It’s open & growing all week… would love to see you & this awesome idea at the party.

  8. Fonda Rush says:

    These are fantastic! I love the color variance you created. This is a great recycle! Now, I need to find a bottle that isn’t bourbon to make one of these!

    I love your new photo. You look like a happy, healthy do-it-herself-er! You’re a beauty! I enjoy the blog you work so hard to put together. Keep up the great work you do!

  9. Sarah, I am obsessed by these repurposed bottle pumpkins. I have some tiny bottles I’ve been saving for some project some day. Now I know what I’ll be doing with them. I couple of years ago I made pumpkins from soda bottles and they’ll be the perfect complimate to my (your) repurposed bottle pumpkins.

  10. Seriously girl, this is brilliant! It’s like those bourbon bottles were meant to be turned into pumpkins! Pinned and sharing but they are just too cute not to be.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Awww, thank you!! It’s not the most original idea…but the “no glass recycling” thing really sticks in my craw!! Gotta figure out how to reuse those bottles and jars somehow…!

  11. What a great idea. The pumpkins are lovely.
    Marilyn

  12. I love this idea. Thank you fro the instructions. The pumpkins are so realistic. Thank you for the idea.
    Marion

  13. Another one of your great ideas to get me in the autumn spirit! Fabulous new profile pic!

  14. Lisa Philbeck says:

    Love these! I need to look for plump bottles to make a pumpkin!

  15. Love your glass pumpkins; they are so cute. My fall back on pumpkins involve wrappping batting around a roll of toilet paper, then a layer of orange cloth with the ends stuck into the toilet paper roll, then a rolled up piece of brown paper (usually a paper bag edged with funky scissors. Then I add a silk grape vine stem. Sometimes I add a black cardstock Halloween face with tape. When Halloween is over, I use it till Thanksgiving, then put the supplies back in their ziplock and the tp back in the bathroom! Great space saver. Love your posts.

  16. I like how swirling the paint adds depth. The pumpkin bottles are one of the best fall decor items I have seen.

  17. What a great project! I have a bin of my favorite bottles, I love to reuse things too! Your glasses are so cool and I love the unusual shapes!

  18. Love your bottle pumpkins! I think there a few bottles in my stash just dying to become pumpkins.

  19. I love what you did with these, they are the cutest bottle pumpkins I’ve seen!

  20. Such a fabulous idea!! Perfect way to welcome in Fall!! Your blog is FULL of wonderful inspiration!!

  21. Such a cute project! I have some round jars that would be perfect for this.

    It’s odd that they wouldn’t let you recycle glass in your area. I’d rather buy stuff in glass than plastic anyway. But I’m glad they started up again.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      The last processing facility in our area closed…and it’s not economical for any company to truck our glass out to the next facility. I don’t think they’ll ever start up again- it’s awful for a recycling lover like me.

  22. Such a cute idea and a great tutorial.

  23. Those are adorable! I always see weird shaped bottles at the thrift shop and now know what I can make with them!! Bring on Fall!! 🙂

  24. Oh yeah! Perfect bottles for pumpkins/gourds. And the paint technique looks great! Great idea and reuse. 🙂

  25. acraftymix says:

    I don’t care how many times glass bottles have been painted Sarah, you always add your unique touch and make it seem like it’s the first time I’ve seen it done.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      You always say the sweetest things, Michelle- it puts a smile on my face and a warm fuzzy in my heart. Thank you so very much!

  26. LOVE how these came out, they look so cool! The primer really does make a difference. Gotta try this, and soon.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Ann! YES, the primer is a can’t-miss step, that’s for sure. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t take much, so it’s a win-win-win!

  27. These are fabulous, Sarah! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm–pinned!

  28. This is so creative and something simple to make is always nice.. Antique stores would be a great place to find old bottle for this..

  29. I love this idea and the colors are so rustic. I’m going to share this. Hugs, Linda on Poinsettia Drive poinsettiadr.com

  30. So cute! I pinned it 🙂

  31. What a gorgeous transformation! I like the colors, I like the depth of the colors, the leaves, the rope detail… everything!!! Excellent work!

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  32. Very nice. This is one I will try!

  33. Great idea….cut as a button…..our city tried to stop recycling glass, but the uproar was so loud, that they changed their minds. Sure am glad that they did. I have been recycling since before it became popular.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      UGGH, I wish we could have stopped the “cease all glass recycling” here, but other nearby counties still accept it…so I sneak over to their bins. 😉

  34. I really didn’t NEED another project since I just moved and have a thousand things to do, but these are just too cute to NOT make. Thanks for the idea.

  35. Linda Weeks says:

    Thanks! This is lovely autumn decor!

  36. Those are adorable! I love turning something that usually gets tossed out, into something beautiful. Pinning this to try! 🙂

  37. Thanks so much Sarah! Love this project!

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