Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A snowy wish!

Hello crafty folks,
Welcome to my page. its already December! ! Yes…its December…month of festivities, holidays and the countdown to welcoming the New Year.
Today, I would like to show you a step by step to making a Christmas décor project using Folk art paints and texture paints from PLAID.
My recycle elements for this project are these humble, ordinary looking pill bottles( these are approx 4 inches in height!).
Here is how I made it..
Step1- Once the bottles were cleaned and the labels removed, I gave a coat of white gesso to all the bottles and painted them with home chalk paints.I colored the 3 bottles in 3 different colors.

Step2- For the lids, I took some air dry clay and wrapped the lid with it to form tiny hats and let them dry overnight. I had some little Christmas print outs in my stash and adhered them to the bottle using modge podge. These were just 2 inches in height, just perfect fit on the bottle. I inked them with archival brown ink before sticking.

Step3- I applied one step crackle paint to the bottles and let them take its own course to dry. Once the cracks appeared, I applied some burnt umber acrylics and then rubbed it with a wet wipe. This way the cracks got filled up with brown paint and voila! The bottles had vintage look. I gave them a coat of Folk art home décor Varnish and they were good to go.

By now, the caps had dried and I painted them in different colors. For one I had snow dripping on it using the Folk art texture paint (snow white). I for one, love this texture finish and have had it as a feature in all my Christmas projects. It’s probably the easiest way to give snow effects, just so REAL! I had a little bit of it on the snowy image on the bottle too.
Step4- I wanted each bottle to have a different element and so for the other, I had some moss dripping on the lids. Here again the Folk art painted finishes came to my rescue. It’s just so dimensional you can actually feel the mossy texture. I also had the same poured onto a wooden disc that I intend using as a deco platter later in the project. You can actually see that I have used just a stirrer to pour out the texture paint on to the disc as I wait for it to dry, you can see the dimension later.
Step5- I started to add some embellishments to the lids from my stash again. I stamped some music notes onto plain paper and distressed it with vintage photo DI and then stuck it to an empty cereal box and cut out the alphabets “JOY”. I have layered 3 cartons to get a chipboard feel to the alphabets and inked that too with brown archival int. I then heat embossed some gold on to edges of the alphabets and stuck them to the lids with hot glue gun. All of them have snow dripping on them too!
Here is a look at all the caps. I tucked in some coconut coir and some red pollens for the “J” cap.
 For the “O” I liked the overload of snow on the caps on the rims!
 The “Y” cap had some moss and green foliage

Step5- The bottles were ready to hit the final spot for decoration! I dressed up a wooden disc with glass crystals and placed all the bottles on it. The rimes of the disc are covered with moss and snow. I also kept some pine cones and foliage dipped is snow as additional embellishments. Here is the final look captured in different moods and locations.
I like how this project turned out..a vintage white Christmas! Do let me know your feedback on the same.
I would like to link this to the following challenges...

Stamps and Stencils- Christmas wishes
Blog Christmas decoration
Craft Stamper - Snow and ice
A Vintage Journey-Winter magic
Country view Challenges- Christmas
Frilly and Funkie- Home for the holidays
Simon says Monday Challenge- Christmas gifts

 Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. Wow this is so creative! I love the vintage style - it is beautiful!

  2. Rupa, I love your altered bottles! Fabulous textures and love how you have embellished the lids, what a lovely holiday decoration. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey, Deb xo

  3. Real winter magic in your fabulous altered jars, Rupa - they are utterly charming! Thank you so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey. I know I must've missed so many treats here, but I'm looking forward to some proper catching up time over the festive season.
    Alison x

  4. Wow Wow Wow...the transformation is stunning the vintage look you created with so much beautiful texture and details...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  5. This is such a cool idea and your pot lids design is fantastic, love them.
    Julie x

  6. Oh my gosh Rupa! This is unbelievable! Super creative and oh so stunning. The vintage crackle looks ages old, I can hardly believe these were plastic bottles! Stunning design, so festive and fun. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamps & Stencils. Christmas hugs, Autumn

  7. I love, love, love this project! It's not only clever, it's also whimsical and very gorgeous. The details are amazing and I would never guess that you started with plastic bottles!!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "Home for the Holidays" challenge!

  8. Fabulous!!! Thank you for joining us in our Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo challenge "Magic"! xx

  9. Amazing creation wow lovely thanks for playing at Scrapki challenge !!!

  10. these are absolutely beautiful - I adore what you have done - amazing upcycling! Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel xx

  11. These look amazing .... Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx..

  12. Wow those are fabulous, thanks for joining in with us at the Craft Stamper, Elizabeth x

  13. A wonderful, winter change! Great idea :) Thank you for playing with us on Studio75 blog!

  14. Great makes. Loving all details.

  15. Lovely project! Thank you for playing with us at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo!

  16. Fantastic project! Very creative! Thank You for taking part in Scrapki Wyzwaniowo Challenge!

  17. just popping back to say thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils! Hugs rachel xx

  18. Happy new year Rupa! I love your up cycled bottles! Full of creative ideas and wonderful use of materials. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x