gilded bottles – A Subtle Revelry

gilded bottles

Gilded glass bottles are a specialty usually reserved for only the finest of dinning. Pure gold on glass can be quite costly! I just love the look and am pleased to have found a way to incorporate this pretty style into our everyday entertaining.

My DIY gilded bottles cost only a couple cents each to make and look so pretty filled with a festive drink. Line them up at your next celebration or make a stash to hand out as favors. Filled with something special they would also make adorable hostess gifts!

To make you own DIY gilded bottles purchase a pack of gold foil candy wrappers from your local craft store (they are about two dollars for a stack of 30 wrappers). Cut your wrappers to size using lines, shapes or whichever textures seem appealing. Using a very small amount of glue place the cut wrappers onto your bottles.

This project will work for any type of glass, use it to bring new life to plain kitchen glasses or liven up a serving dish for your next evening at home.

Photography by Jackie Wonders.

PS. See more DIY projects here.


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  1. Kersey

    23 August

    These are gorgeous! Seriously, I need some.

  2. Giulia

    23 August

    I’d love to do this with polka dots. Great DIY, thanks!

  3. w

    23 August

    These are adorable!!! Totally doing this for my little-sis’ sweet 15!! Thanks :)
    lots of love from Argentina!

  4. Lena

    23 August

    You are too much-these bottles are divine!

  5. You always have the most clever ideas!!! Very cute and easy!

  6. Danee Kaplan

    23 August

    Cute project. I love gold on anything and bilgy gold=perfection. You could also do this with red-line tape and faux gold leaf but your project is certainly less expensive. Love your ideas.

  7. Kristin

    23 August

    Those are so incredibly pretty!

  8. Rach

    23 August

    So pretty!

  9. GawgusThings

    24 August

    So very simple yet what a big difference! Love it :)

  10. Rebecca

    24 August

    Oh my…what a brilliant idea. You are amazing, Victoria!

  11. Hannah

    24 August

    Awesome idea, how well do the wrappers stay on?

    • Victoria

      25 August

      Hannah, they stayed on great as a temporary update:) Anytime you are gluing paper on bottles it will not be washable, but perfect for a one time event. You could possibly coat the wrappers with modge-podge to make the look a bit more permanent.

  12. bianca

    25 August

    What a great idea! I love the little horizontal lines – they remind me of fill marks on a bottle or measuring cup. I also love that it is a temporary upgrade that you could use just one time, or a couple of times. What a fun (and inexpensive) way to change things up :)

  13. Hana

    31 August

    Wow. Simple yet stunning. I’ll have to give this a go! H xo

  14. michele

    6 September

    Really love these. Elegant and simple.

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  18. heather

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    what kind of glue did you use?

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      Heather, I used Mod Podge for mine, but a simple clear coated craft glue would work as well.

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    love these and so want to do it. with the modge podge, is the metallic safe through washing?

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    22 August

    I absolutely adore this idea! Thanks for posting, will come in very handy when I start preparing for my birthday in October! I was wondering what drink you had in the bottles? I love the color & would fit in great with the party idea!

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