How to Paint a Champagne Bottle

How to Paint a Champagne Bottle

Step-by-step guide to painting a champagne bottle

A bottle of champagne makes a great gift on its own and is appropriate to so many occasions. But a personalized and painted one?  People will go nuts when they see it.  You will love giving it as much as the receiver loves receiving it.   Whether it is a shower, wedding, birthday, anniversary or holiday celebration, you will arrive with the perfect, bespoke gift.

What materials do you need to paint a champagne bottle?

Before you start painting your champagne bottle, gather the following materials:

  • A champagne bottle, or any bottle you would like to personalize
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint in your desired colors
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes, but especially very tiny ones
  • Painter's or Artist's tape
  • Palette or disposable white plastic plate for mixing colors
  • Soap, water and a cloth or paper towels for cleaning brushes
  • Newspaper to protect your work surface
  • Clothes you're ok with getting paint smears
  • Varnish, I use Liquitex Matte Varnish

Step 1: Prepare the champagne bottle

Start by dusting the champagne bottle thoroughly to remove any dirt or residue. Lay down your newspaper to protect your work surface.

Step 2: Choose your design

Decide on the design you want to paint on your champagne bottle. It could be a simple pattern, a landscape, a crest or monogram.  I sketch my design out in my sketchbook before any paint hits the bottle.  That way I have a good roadmap for where I am going.  

Step 3: Apply painter's tape over the label

Cover the label with painter's or artist's tape so you can keep that label pristine!  Truth be told I don't always do that anymore but for beginners I recommend using the tape.

Step 4: Paint the whole bottle with gesso

Paint the entire bottle except the labels with gesso.  This gives you a good foundation to paint on.  I do several coats and wait for each one to dry thoroughly.  This is by far the most time-consuming part of the process and least fun.  But it gets better!

Step 5: Start painting and add details

You can sketch your design on the gesso if you wish.  Dip your paintbrush into the acrylic paint and begin applying it to the champagne bottle. Use thin, even strokes to ensure smooth coverage. You may need to apply multiple coats for a vibrant color.

Step 6: Let it dry and add varnish

Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.  I varnish the finished painted champagne bottle with a sponge brush.  Let dry, and voila!  You're finished!

Step 7: Display or gift your painted champagne bottle

Once the paint and sealant are fully dry, your painted champagne bottle is ready to be gifted. It can serve as a unique centerpiece at a celebration or a thoughtful present for a special occasion.  I think the ability to personalize a bottle of champagne makes a great gift for weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and special birthdays.

Painting a champagne bottle allows you add a personal touch to any celebration. Enjoy the creative process!



P.S. Note of caution: It is illegal to mail alcohol without a license.  


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This was everything I needed to do my very first one, which we sold a for $325 at the St. Peter School auction! Thank you SO MUCH for helping us make it happen! 💕💕💕

Jessica McFaul

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