Christmas Night Sky on a Bottle

Christmas is just around the corner and my hands are itching with the desire to make something Christmas-sy. Instead of diving head first into the gold-red-green splashy decorations, I decided to make something simpler, something with vintage which I can naturally brag about. This is a very simple DIY project for crafty girls who love Christmas Eve and starry night sky. You can paint it on a bottle and snuggle in front of the fireplace to enjoy the romantic lighting.

Christmas Night Sky on a Bottle

What you need

One large bottle (you can try big mason jar, too);
A set of old fairy lights (the string you have been planning to replace with a new one for several years will do just fine);
Blue acrylic paint;
Black paint - preferably spray paint but acrylic should work fine, too;
Sharpie pen - black;
One small iron candle or plant holder (depending on your jar's/ bottle's size) - actually anything you have that can support the project will be perfect.


painted bottle

Paint the entire exterior of the bottle with the blue paint. Depending on the quality of your acrylic paint, you will have to add two or three coats until it’s fully covered.

Don’t forget to let dry in between, or you might either get acrylic paint on your hands or worse ruin the foundation for further work on the Christmas Painted Bottle Project.

Note: Don’t forget to cover your working surface with either old newspapers or with an old sheet.

Blue & black painted bottle

Spray two or three layers black paint at the bottleneck and work your way a little bit upwards just like shown in the picture. Once again let it dry for 10 minutes before you add a new coat.

decorated big bottle

Once the paint is dry use the sharpie pen to draw the Christmas trees or any other pictures you light like. Personally, I keep thinking ornamental drawings would also make pretty neat decoration.

fairy lights, twinkle lights

Fairy/ twinkle lights

Before you jam your twinkle lights in the bottle make sure to check if they work properly. I left mine on for 5 mins just to be on the safe side as they have been gathering dust at the attic for a couple of years.

bottle filled with fairy lights

Don’t forget to leave enough electrical cord out, so you can place the bottle on the plant holder and plug it in effortlessly.

That’s about it, now all you have to do is dim the lights in the room. Have fun!

bottle filled with twikle lights

Ta-Da – the finished project!

This project was originally conceived by Robin Tompkins. Check out more of her projects on her blog here. Thank you Robin!

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  1. if you have no drawing skills can use stencils? I can not draw stick people!!! :-(

  2. I noticed someone worried about the lights getting to hot. I have made wine bottles with lights inside & they do fell warm but not hot enough to burn anything & I leave mine plugged in all the time on top of my fridg, it’s been there plugged in for 3 yrs now with no problems.
    Just love the bottle project & i’m going to try it with my wine bottles too. Thanks

  3. Looks Fabulous! How you keep the fairy lights all around the bottle? Cause once you turn it, all will come down.

    • Maybe you could wrap jewelry wire along the cord so it stays up? Just an idea!

    • redoityourselfinspirations says:

      The bulbs and wiring do actually stay put. The string of lights are enough to fill the bottle and rest once situated where you want to place it. You don’t want to plug the opening, as the heat needs to escape. Rhianna’s idea of wiring is good, if the weight of your lights do slip out. :)

  4. Spiderbaby says:

    That looks amazing – I must make one with my girls! Just got to trawl the charity shops to find a bottle and stand. It just looks so Christmassy, absolutely beautiful! XXX

  5. I noticed that in the picture you used a latex enamel paint for the first blue layer. Will acrylics actually work? I would hate to start the project and be disappointed! :( It’s beautiful and I want to make it!!!

    • redoityourselfinspirations says:

      Any paint that will adhere to the glass will work. Some acrylics do tend to peel or chip off, you may want to check the paint labels to be certain before trying it.

  6. Love this project. I have a bottle just like this looking for the right thing to do with it. Where did you get the holder/stand?

    • redoityourselfinspirations says:

      The plant holder can be found at many garden centers, craft and department stores. I had this one for some time from Walmart in the floral and decor department.

  7. I like it very much. Thank you!

  8. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! Love it!! Also, if you’re worried about your lights being too hot, they have new LED light strings that do not get hot..I bought a small set for my Halloween tree this year. I don’t know how different the light would look though, as LED’s tend to be a different color than regular lights. Just a thought!

    • redoityourselfinspirations says:

      Thank you, Anna. Using the string of lights, the bottle DOES get warm, but not too hot. I wouldn’t leave this or even a Christmas tree plugged in unattended. LED light strings are a great idea too and you are right, it could appear a bit different but worth trying :)

  9. I love it

  10. Very nice and interesting project and easy to do.

  11. Great idea

  12. The project looks very nice. And Interesting since I have exactly that type of bottle stored away “to use one day in a craft project” I was only wondering about the heat factor of the lights inside the bottle. Will they affect the bottle at all, when they come in contact with the glass? Just wanna be safe rather than sorry….

    • redoityourselfinspirations says:

      Absolutely use caution as with any electrical product. Using the string of lights, the bottle DOES get warm, but not too hot. Keeping the bottom opened allows the heat to escape. I tested this for several hours before unplugging it. It was a gift for my mom, and she kept it lit all Christmas Eve while we were visiting. I wouldn’t leave this or even a Christmas tree plugged in unattended.

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