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DIY Custom Bedazzled College Champagne Bling Bottles

DIY Custom Bedazzled College Champagne Bling Bottles

Bedazzled College Champagne Bling Bottles

Last week I was at a high school teaching a bling class, and the kids asked me how to DIY custom bedazzle college champagne bling bottle. I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media bedazzled college champagne bottles. I will start off with my disclaimer: these are best for college graduation when it is legal to drink. I do not condone or promote underage drinking. This is why I do not use champagne bottles when making this for a teenage girl.

However, I only make my bling bottles with sparkling apple cider. They completely look like champagne bottles, but they’re totally legal! This way, you can use these for college acceptances, high school graduation gifts, sorority rushes, or just to show off that school spirit! You can make these for college but also high school, sports teams, clubs, or really…whatever! Either way, the apple cider bottles look just like wine bottles. Trust me!

Custom Bedazzled College Champagne Bling Bottles

That being said, let’s get to the good stuff. Today I am showing you the very best way to add rhinestones or any bling to a champagne or sparkling apple cider bottle. Spoiler alert do not use a hot glue gun! Hot glue and glass do not love each other. Hot glue can burn you, and crack the glass plus it is not ideal for use with rhinestones! Ok, so now that you’re way past college acceptances, let’s get to the fun part!

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What type of glue should I use to bedazzle liquor bottles or apple cider bottles?

Great question! There are so many glues to choose from, and if you’re making this for your best friend you’ll want to get the right adhesive. I’ve tested a TON of glues and I love using either Beacon Gem Tac or E6000.

I used the wrong glue the first time I made a bedazzled bottle. Guess what? All of the rhinestones started chipping off. In addition to the two glues I recommended, I would also feel confident also using liquid fusion or Loctite gels. Loctite gel glue tends to have a strong odor as does the E6000, so works in a well-ventilated space if you decide to use either of those glues.

Bedazzling different shapes onto the bottle:

Personally, growing up in New York, I saw these bling bottles all over the place. Now that I am a Midwesterner, I thought it might be a good choice to bring the trend here!

Now, of course, you can just go ahead and buy your own they have them on Etsy and there might be local people in your area who can make them. Or…you can start your own bottle blinging business – I am sure you will be selling these like hot cakes around graduation season.

There are colleges all over the United States, and whether you’re graduating from Penn State or UCLA, your school choice only matters for one reason to get the right colors!

Teen girls tend to love these, too, so if you do make one for them – use apple cider. Honestly, no one will care or notice if there isn’t actually alcohol inside. I doubt that these are ever used anyway! Don’t do the stupid thing and sell these with alcohol you can get into big trouble without a liquor license.

Now it’s time to add rhinestones to the entire bottle. There are many ways to approach this project, but this is how I like to do it.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Rhinestones I recommend using SS20 because they’re slightly bigger and easier to work with. If you want to end up with a more intricate design, you can use SS16, SS12’s and SS8’s. See the rhinestone chart here for sizing.
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • Wax PencilWhite crayon, colored pencil or wax stick. These are my favorites
  • Acrylic paint (optional but nice to paint first so that you have guidelines and a background)
  • Rhinestone tray Glue I like using E6000 for this project but gem tac can work, too
  • Cricut label (totally optional) or college stickerSmall condiment cup for glue (you can also just put the glue onto a paper plate or bowl)
  • Toothpick

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  1. Lay your glass bottle onto an old t-shirt or towel so that the glass bottle doesn’t roll
  2. Take your alcohol prep pad and begin cleaning the bottle thoroughly
  3. Using a white crayon or colored pencil, mark off your design. Alternatively, you can cut your college logo on a Cricut or purchase a college sticker to use as a guideline. Personally, the stickers are challenging to use if you do not use the proper glue. If you do glue the rhinestones on top of the sticker, be sure to only use E6000 glue or any kind of two part epoxy. Only use the two part epoxies in a well ventilated space.
  4. Once you have your design, you can use acrylic paint to fill it in or just begin to bedazzle right onto the bottle.
  5. Add rhinestones to your rhinestone tray. Only pour one rhinestone color into the sorting tray at a time. Do not mix colors – it is hard to sort the rhinestones once they’re all mixed together.
  6. Add glue to a small cup or bowl. Using your toothpick, apply a small amount of glue at a time to the design. Work from the inside out – it is much easier than going back in later to fill in tight spaces. Be sure to work in a straight line. Because the glass bottle is round, you’ll want to work in small sections so that the rhinestones don’t slip down the sides.
Add rhinestones in small sections, working from the inside out.
  1. Once the glue is slightly dry and the rhinestones don’t move, you can slightly rotate the bottle to add more rhinestones. Once you’ve filled in the entire space with your first color, go ahead and add your next color working slowly to give the glue time to set just a bit. Wait 24 hours until you rotate the bottle to the back. This is so the glue doesn’t stick to the towel or cloth.
Wait 24 hours to rotate the bottle
  1. Continue adding rhinestones until the entire bottle is filled. Champagne bottles require a lot of rhinestones. Therefore, leave yourself ample time to work on this project. If you want to speed things along, feel free to put the bottle in the sun to expedite the glue drying. Be mindful that E6000 takes several days to fully cure.
Finished college bling bottles

Again, if you do not want to make this a DIY and prefer to purchase one, I have found that ETSY has some great options. Otherwise, if you want to make your life a bit easier, you can also bedazzle a smaller sparkling apple cider – this will go much, much faster!

Do you love bling and want to add rhinestones to other projects? Check out this post about the best glues for rhinestones.

But whichever route you go…show your school pride with one of these bedazzled bottles. I promise people are going to LOVE them! They make the absolute best gifts and I can say with confidence that the recipient will want to keep them forever!