As much as I like the beach house style, I like Parisian. From its history, culture, cuisine, style and steez- I am a French fan. And talking about countries that make me go weak on knees, Britain would be topping the list. Again! I’m fascinated by its history, the great poets that rose from its soil, the untamed meadows, cobbled roads, baker street, industrial docks, Hardy, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Thames, Hyacinths and of course, in terms of styling and decor, the English country style. Sometimes I am too lost as to how exactly should I style my house- all 3 appeals to me in equal intensity. But I guess it’s our old home palette is what constantly inspires me to keep it beach themed with touches of Parisian chic and hints of English Country. So far, so good!

My recent decor pang is French vintage bottles. The type that has old labels on it and are obnoxiously priced. But being me, quite obviously I would not spend money on it if I can achieve it. All it took was a beautiful bottle that Rohan saved from his trip, a couple of cartridge print outs, strong coffee concoction (roasted variety) and 2 minutes of microwave.

Ready for the Vintage French Bottle tutorial?

1st/: Brew yourself some coffee, pour in some in your cup and sip. Pour the rest in a wide basin with the broken seed powder.

2nd/: Take a print out of your favorite French label and get a print out

3rd/: Cut and trim your print out according to where you plan to place it

4th/: Soak your print out for about 6-10 minutes

5th/: Microwave your print out for 2 minutes (Note: after you have microwaved the paper, the texture will be quite crumbly. Handle with care)

(after microwave. Note the ragged edge)

The original


6th/: Gently brush modge podge or any other clear drying glue on both side of the paper and position. (I advice glue on flip sides because this will prevent your paper from wear and tear)

7/: Now, you officially own a vintage French bottle that cost $0. or if we critically evaluate including electricity and labour $2.

And with so many dreamy glimpses, I’ll give you a true glimpse of my desk in words:

It now has loads and loads of print outs in French I dont understand!!! Love words when I cant read them.

To laces and lavender then!

What is your favorite country? What is that French piece you own that you absolutely love? Tell me tell me.

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22 thoughts on “DIY: Vintage French Bottles”

    1. I’m so happy you like it Wendy. Yes, microwaving the paper gives it a nice touch. Give it a try.
      My corner is strictly alright! I need a change for good-professionally 🙂

  1. Hey ya dear

    got ya mail (Creativita) but could not reply as there was no email….

    mail me from your id about the exact stuff that u need… and I will give you the deatils for the same…


    1. Hey there! firstly, i cant see your id here so writing here! I want one clear embossing powder. They will work for enameling tin tags too right?

  2. I’m a sucker for anything French. If it has script on it, even better! I’ll have to try the microwave method for aging paper. Thanks!

    1. Tell me about it! I love everything Parisian and yes, if it has script, there’s no stopping me. I need to try the modge-podge idea on flower pots…Laurie from heaven’swalk did some wonderful ones.

  3. What is broken seed powder? Also, is there any way to “pin” this neat idea, so I have access to it later?

    1. There is no such thing called “Broken seed” but the coffee beans that has been ground. The grainy left overs on the strainer of your coffee maker- coffee dirt as I like to call! 🙂 Also, scroll down to the end of the post and look for a small arrow button called share. You’ll find pinterest button on mouseover. You can also follow me on pinterest where I am uploading this soon. 🙂 Hope it helps dear and thanks for stopping in.

    1. Hi Toke! I’m so glad you found me on pinterest and yes, thank you so much for your sweet comments. I’m heading to follow you on FB and Pinterest now. Yippe!

  4. Hey where have you been? I love the bottles. I use this type for my water kefir but need to be able to exchange labels.

  5. Being just next door, we have lots of French stuff dotted here and there, but most of it is food and wine! We have a little enamel sign (the sort you would normally put on a gate to warn people) just above the dog’s basket that says ‘Chien bizarre’ – strange dog. As for you, if you feel left out without a label of your very own – how about ‘Femme Fatale’?!!

    1. Lucky you! I have nothing but a cologne from France. Much as I regret the fact, I love that enamel sign and I’ll pronounce it in my Indian lingo. Chi-en Bizarey. And you are right for I was indeed looking for a sign that’d be me. ‘Femme Fatale’ seems just about perfect. How do you figure these things? How do you know what am I thinking?

      1. Shee-En Bee-Zar is how you say it.

        And Fam Fat-Al…. which doesn’t look like something you would want to be described as, but trust me – it sounds better than the syllables look when written for the English reader to pronounce. 🙂

  6. very nice !!!! well, it’s better not to understand what the label says because it’s about a factory making plasters (pansements)…lol…
    Dom, a French reader from France

    1. I’m honored to have a French Reader here commenting on my label 🙂 Thank you Dom, appreciate your visit. Well, I googled later and found that its about cement! Bwahahaha- I’m so silly. But I will change it to wine. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

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