Flight of the Bumble Bee – Altered Bottle

Morning everyone, how are we all today?

I have missed everyone this week.  I have not been able to get into blog land when I have wanted to.  I am sure we all have times like this when life gets in the way and things seem to conspire against us.  Apologies to my lovely blogging friends for lack of visits.

This weeks Out of a Hat Creations challenge is to alter a Bottle or a Jar.  These are so much fun to do.

Here is my altered bottle for this week’s challenge.  I am loving altering bottles at the moment and getting quite addicted to them  but I need some supplies of empty bottles…. sup up Marie!!!! LOL!

Please click on any of the photos to enlarge

Firstly, I covered my bottle with some mulberry paper by attaching it to the little bottle (a market find) with PVA glue.  I cut out four panels in pretty paper, stamped on them, added some DIs  around the edges and ran a gold pen around all of the outside edges.  I then attached them to the four side of the bottle using a spray fixative.

I placed the bottle into a wire net which came off a wine bottle.

I stamped all of the bees, leaves and flowers onto white glossy card stock and left them to dry.  I cut all of the pieces out and coloured all of them, on both sides, using felt pens.  I then went over them with some DIs using a small piece of sponge.  I added the white dots to the flowers using a gel pen and added the seed beads to the centre of the flowers using diamond glaze.  I attached the bees to the wire using hot glue.  When the glue had gone cold I trimmed it and painted over it with black craft paint.

I arranged and attached all of the embellishments to each side of the bottle, using hot glue.  I then tied a piece of pretty ribbon around the top.

I took the above photo inside just to show the bees without too much glare.
Stamps used:  Chocolate Baroque.


Thank you for calling in.

 Happy Crafting everyone.

Best Wishes Florence x


  1. niasunset

    This is SO LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL how fascinated me. You are amazing dear Florence, maybe I can make by following you too dear. If I make I will share with you. Thank you, love, nia


  2. chrissiesz

    Oh you are awful to poor Marie–I don’t think it is true what people are saying.

    Florence this is truly beautiful with the crowning glory–literally-of the stamped bees on wires. Why didn’t I think of that lol

    Adore the pink spotted ribbon.

    Love Chrissie xxxx


  3. Ann B

    Beautiful piece of work Florence, so colourful and I love bees. Know just what you mean about life getting in the way – haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks and haven’t crafted for even longer but I may just have to seek out a bottle and have a go.
    Ann B


  4. Paula

    Hi Florence, love your altered bottle down to every last detail. The floating bees are superb. Life gets in the way for all of us. I never get round to visiting and leaving comments for every blog I want to. Time seems to fly so quickly just like your cute bees. x


  5. Shirley D

    Another beautiful altered bottle, love it. Your colouring of the fabulous CB flowers is so beautiful. Take care, Shirleyx ps… we all get busy and can’t always be crafting & blogging all the time 🙂


  6. Wendy

    Jazz and I are all a buzz with your bottle. This is so cool. What a creative lady you are. Now all you have to do is fill the jar with honey. Hope your life has been hectic in a good way.
    Best wishes Wendy and Jazz


  7. pollyspaper

    Wow…what a fun and creative project Florence. I love bees too: ) Glad you have time to come back to the blog world : ) I so enjoy reading your posts!!! Can’t wait to see what’s next! Regards G


  8. baileyrosy

    Yes Florence I have a couple of crates waiting for you here in Greece all empty of course , you can have them if you dare to come and get them ! This really looks like a challenge that I should take part in as I do have a fair amount of the basic ingredient. Fab work Florence the bees are amazing the 3d effect is just stunning and wow the colours and stamping, I would bow down to you and your talents but I dont think I would be able to get up again.!



    1. Florence

      LOL! Thanks Marie for being such a good sport. Some people may not realise that we have been blogging together for a long time and it is all a bit of fun. You know I love you really.
      Florence x


  9. Lisa

    Very nice – love the fun colors! Your projects are always so complete – nice craftmaship. Bees are such a lively subject!


  10. Florence

    Hi Everyone, THANK YOU so much for sparing the time for a visit and for all of your lovely comments and kind words. They are really appreciated.
    Regards Florence x



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