DIY Paint Decorated Starbucks Bottles

Let’s see a raise of hands, who  in here has a love of Starbucks?  I thought so, I love it too.  For me, it’s only a treat for special occasions because my husband doesn’t like it, it’s costly, and it’s usually out of the way to get to one.  However, I get the Starbucks bottles at Walmart about once a month.  I’ll buy them if they have a coupon attached and I’m craving one or my husband will buy them for me when he knows I’ve had a hard week.  Isn’t he the sweetest?  I am very blessed to have him!  Long story short, I have a small collection of Starbucks bottles accumulating at my house.  After I collect 8 or so I force myself to put them in the recycling bin but it seems like such a shame wasting a perfectly good, beautifully shaped bottle.  I don’t know why but I’m pretty much in love with the shape and size of their bottles.  This brings me to why I’m writing here today, I’m going to show you how to repurpose old Starbucks bottles into a lovely home decor item.

DIY Paint Decorated Starbucks Bottles

Let’s begin, shall we?

Here are the materials you’ll want to have on hand before you begin:

  • -Starbucks bottles with the labels peeled off and washed clean.
  • -Spray primer {this is optional but recommended if the bottle will be handled much}
  • -Puffy paint {the color doesn’t matter}
  • -Spray paint in all of the shades and finishes you want to use.
  • -Sharpie

I’ve seen so many of these DIY bottle ideas on Pinterest but I while I love the idea I don’t like how the finished product looks.  I think it’s because hot glue guns are so hard to manipulate and get precisely where you want it.  One day it dawned on me, why not use a little bottle of paint?  A small bottle that could fit in your hand seemed genius to me!  My first trial run with this wasn’t a huge success because I bought a small squeeze bottle of paint but it wasn’t puffy paint and no matter how many coats I applied it still dried flat.  Make sure you buy puffy paint!

I primed the bottles with the spray paint and because I’m a mom I waited a few days before I could get back to it.  I believe that you should be fine to continue after a few hours but check the spray paint can just to be sure.

Next, I used a Sharpie to draw out the design I wanted.  I was careful to draw the letters far apart, taking into account the thickness of the paint.  Oh, I almost forgot!  It’s not a huge deal but it kind of bothers me…make sure you turn your bottles so that you aren’t writing where there numbers or dots on the lower portion of your bottle.  There are blank sides but for some reason this didn’t dawn on me until I was completely finished.

DIY Spray Painted Bottles

Then, I applied my Puffy Paint.  This is very easy to do!  I even did this while I was talking on the phone with my mom.  If you’ve never worked with Puffy Paint before, it’s simple to use.  It’s very similar to decorating a cake.  You bring the tip to the bottle, squeeze slightly, then lift the tip up as you continue with light pressure slowly guiding the bottle around.  You’ll want to use your arm to guide the bottle around and not your hand.  I don’t mean to complicate this step, it’s really simple!  Besides, if you mess up all you have to do it let it dry, peel it off, and start over.

Spray Painted Bottles

Now all that is left is the spray painting.  I chose Krylon spray paint because this brand had three colors that I thought would go well together but you can use any brand or color that you like.  I just applied one coat of each even though the can recommended two coats.  Although, I skipped this step, if your bottle is going to be regularly used you’ll probably want to give it a coat of polyurethane.

DIY Paint Decorated Starbucks Bottles

There you have it, folks!  Simple DIY Paint Decorated Bottles.  I hope you like this tutorial and if you did please pin it to help share it with others.

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and sweet baby boy, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Creativity.


  1. Helle Sørensen says:

    I just love them – they are so cute …

  2. Michelle Robblee says:

    Genius idea! Your bottles are gorgeous!

  3. Megan Ritzel says:

    Such a cute idea. Great colors! Would love to have you come link this up to my party and follow along.

  4. creativejewishmom says:

    Love it Ashley! Could be great place markers for a party too, as a little take home gift! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, hope to see you again soon!

  5. Holly Ford says:

    What a great idea! Seems way easier than a glue gun!! :)

  6. These are so cute! I want to make some of these.

  7. SANITY! I just finished a jar using a glue gun….it looks like the work of an amatuer cake decorator…my husband laughed….I can’t wait to do it again using your method…THANKS

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Oh good. I’m excited for you to try it with puffy paint! Let me know if it works better for you. :)

  8. What kind of paint primer do you use?

  9. I have been collecting these bottles for a while. I’ve always had trouble peeling the labels. Any tricks that you could share would be helpful and much appreciated! Love the colors you chose and hope to try the puff paint project soon.

    • Hmm, that’s a good question! I take off as much as I can, try to remove the stickiness with alcohol, run them through the dishwasher, and use alcohol again. I don’t know if that’s the best method but it’s what I do. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who collects cute bottles! :) Thank you for your compliment and comment!

      • Hot water and an straight razor (exacto knife) just let the bottles soak for a bit.

      • Shannon says:

        Put the bottles in the oven at 350° for 10 minutes and the label should peel right off. I have not done this with the Starbucks bottle but I do it with wine bottles all the time. Handle with care, they are very hot!

      • I put them in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. The labels peel right off. Then I squirt with goo gone and wash under warm water with a dish scrubber. Clean as a whistle.

    • I simply peel the label off. The front, then back label should each come off in a single piece. Take a napkin or paper towel and apply a little bit of Goo Gone. Rub it on the sticky residue left over from the removal of the labels. In just a couple seconds your bottle will be label / glue free. **Caution** Goo Gone is very oily! Be sure to wash the bottle and your hands right away so you don’t get the oily substance all over everything.

  10. I have found that WD-40 takes the label sticky off of glass very quickly! Love these jars…perfect for a bridal shower I’m doing!

  11. My husband cleans my bottles for me and he uses acetone after pulling off the label. Works great.

  12. Hi…just wondering how long do I have to wait fir the fluffy paint to dry?

  13. I found that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work wonders on getting that sticky residue left behind from the labels!

  14. I have a stash of these bottles and have been looking for something to do with them. This is a great idea!
    I have taken the labels off by soaking them in hot water with a cap full of Multi-Purpose cleaner from Amway and the label pulls off. Sometimes there will be glue residue and I take the Scrub Bud to them and I have a clean bottle. :)

  15. I soak the glass bottles in very hot water until the labels come off. Then I make a mixture ofbof regulsr cooking oil, a teaspoons of Dawn dish detergent and a couple of teaspoons of baking powder. I mix this up and smear it all over the remaining glue on the bottles. Wait an hour or so and wipe the mixture off with a sponge, a wet cloth or a scrubby. Gunk comes off easily.

  16. Do you know if I can find lids that fit these bottles to make them into salt and pepper shakers

  17. Those are really cute. I would love to try them at home.

  18. I clean ed my jars with rubbing alcohol. Dryed. Sprayed with paint now a few hours later paint peeling ???

  19. Somewhat messy, but I coat the labels in babyoil, leave them for a day or so, let the oil breakdown the adhesive on the labels, then just wash them in soapsuds,though not having a dish washer, a washer would make it even easier.

  20. Are they Starbucks bottles?

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