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I love having a drop or two of wine, a beer or perhaps a nice cocktail while preparing dinner. Heck, who doesn’t? Sometimes the bottles have such a nice shape that it seems such a shame to just throw them out in the recycling. Or perhaps you drank a bottle of champagne to celebrate a special occasion and you would like to keep the bottle as a souvenir to remember the day by?
But then you get to the point where you have a cupboard full of empty glass bottles taking up space. So, rather than letting them collect dust, why not turn them into something more useful, such as vases?
Glass and wine generally rank relatively high on the “cool and sophisticated” scale, but I decided to give my bottles a more rustic, yet colorful, look by wrapping them up in colored twine!
(This is the same twine that I used for my colorful driftwood necklace hanger tutorial, too.)
You can use one solid color for each bottle or combine colors. I made a few sets of three bottles to take advantage of the different colors of twine I had.
You can put flowers and water in these bottle vases. Or if you, like I, dislike cut flowers that will wilt in a few days, cut some dried wild grasses that will not only last for years, but also work perfectly with the rustic look of the twine!
This is really such an easy project, requiring just bottles, twine and craft glue. You don’t really have to pay a lot of attention to what you’re doing, so they’re also a good project to do while watching TV, chatting with friends, or supervising your kids while they do their homework!
These also make a great gift, just like the chalk board and spray paint personalized bottle vases that I wrote about a few months ago. Who wouldn’t be happy to receive these, with some flowers or grasses in them, as a housewarming gift?
Ready to find out how to make these DIY wine bottle vases? Let’s get started!
The beginning is the only slightly tricky part, just to get it started, but after that it’s a breeze.
1. Hold the end of the twine along the side of the bottle towards the base, or stick it in place with some masking tape.
2. Apply a thick layer of craft glue to the bottom sides of the bottle with a wide paintbrush and start wrapping the twine around the bottom.
3. After the first wrap around, overlap the end of the twine that it stuck to the side of the bottle and continue wrapping around as close as possible to the previous rounds. After a few rounds, gently push the top rounds of twine towards the bottom so as to fill in any gaps.
4. Good job! The hardest part is over! Now just continue applying glue and wrapping the twine. After the first 5-10 rounds, you can trim off the end of the twine that you’d originally held or taped in place on the side of the bottle.
If you want more than one color, cut off the original color twine and start a new color exactly the same way you started wrapping the twine at the bottom of the bottle. Hold the end of the twine in place, wrap the twine around, and trim the end after a few rounds. Easy peasy!
Just have one color of twine? No problem! You can still jazz up your twine bottle with paint!
5. Apply a thick layer of glue to the top rim of the bottle. Wrap the twine until you’ve reached the very top, then cut it and wrap the end around the bottle opening. Wipe off any excess glue on the glass. You want a lot of glue at this last step to make sure that the end of the twine stays put.
And that’s it! I love the natural look of the twine mixed with the bright colors!
(My kids and I made grass dolls last year from The Wild City Book*, a wonderful collection of crafty and fun activities for children in small natural areas in the city, and they now hang out permanently with a set of these bottles on display in our home.)
If you have very limited space in your home, consider using small bottles for mini vases that can be displayed on bookshelves or in other small spaces. I made these ones from Italian aperitif bottles and display them with what my kids and I call “ticklers.”
So, if you have a bunch of cool bottles, turn them into these cool DIY wine bottle vases to decorate your and your friends’ homes! They’re easy and fun to make, use up materials that you would otherwise throw away, and add a lovely touch of color to your living spaces! And don’t forget to also check out my tutorial for wine bottle vases with personalized messages!
If you like upcycling and plants, make sure you take a look at my easy DIY flower pot made with a repurposed tin can and a sock!
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