Being a stay-at-home mother allows me to have time to do what I love. Crafting is a hobby that I put my passion into.
This article will show you how I made cute little home décor objects out of old, recycled wine bottles.
Before I begin any project, however, I like to find a spot to do them where I know they will be safe from little hands. But because I don't have a craft room, I am left with the only option: the kitchen table. If you have a nice table that you don't want paint on, then I highly recommend that you lay something down so your table doesn't get ruined.
Remember to Remove the Stickers and Prep for Last-Second Decisions
The first step of this project involves prepping the wine bottles by removing the stickers. I soaked mine in hot soapy water for a while in order to be able to peel them off easily. After I peeled them off, I scrubbed the bottles to get off all the residue.
After I have prepped my bottles and organized my project area, I then look over everything for any last-second decisions. I'm always making last-second decision changes, but hey, it's better before than after.
Items You'll Need
- Wine bottles (dependent on how many you want to make)
- Hot glue gun
- Paint (I used black acrylic, but you can use spray paint or acrylic)
- Paint brushes (you'll need two if you're not using spray paint)
- Jute (whichever size you prefer)
- Wood letters (letters of your choosing if you decide to use them)
Step 1: Paint the Bottles and Letters
OK, now let's get to making the project.
- I decided to sand down the bottles, because the I felt the paint would stick a lot better, which turned out to be a good decision.
- Once all the bottles were roughed up, I began to paint them the color of my choice (which was black). Let the paint completely dry.
- Because I wanted extra protection for my paint, I decided to purchase a matte protective covering in spray paint form. Also another good decision. It took the paint about 30 minutes to dry before I could move on to the next step.
- Since you are already into the painting process, you may as well paint the letters you decided to use—that is, if you decided to use any at all. I decided to use the blue color, because it matches my color scheme throughout my house.
- Once you have them painted, set them to the side to dry and move on to the next step.
Step 2: Glue the Jute to the Bottles
Have your hot glue gun preheated and your jute ready.
Before you go glue-crazy, make sure you know where you want your jute to be put. This process is what took the longest for me, because I was so indecisive on where I wanted it at. I wanted each bottle to have its own look, so I really sat back and looked at them to make sure my results would be what I wanted. (Note: Adding a flower to one or a couple of the bottles could be a cute idea as well.)
Once I decided on how I wanted to proceed, then I started to put glue on the bottle. This part was super messy, because I tried to put glue on every inch of the jute. Let me tell you that was not a good idea, because the glue just gets everywhere at that point.
So I then decided that since I already knew where I wanted my jute at, I would do three lines vertically on each side of the bottle and started to wrap my jute around it. The jute then had three spots it was adhered to on the bottle. It worked a lot better than trying it the other way.
Once I placed the jute on all my bottles, I placed them by each other, just to make sure I was pleased with the end results.
Step 3: Stage the Bottles
Here is the funniest part of the project. Not that creating it wasn't fun, but there's nothing better than getting to see your work at the end displayed.
I wasn't too sure where I wanted it to be displayed at first. So this took me a bit, but I figured it out.
Once I found the spot I thought was perfect for it, I placed the bottles in the order I thought they flowed the best. After placing them in the order I wanted them in, I then leaned the letters against the bottles. (Note: I was debating on gluing the letters to the bottles but decided against it, just in case I want to change the word someday.)
There was something missing once I displayed it, and I didn't know really what to add. That is, until I went to Hobby Lobby and saw the cotton. But I wanted to add a little color to it, so I found the purple frosted leafs.
When I got home and placed the cotton and the leaves in the bottles, I was very pleased with the end results. The picture above is how they are displayed, but I am debating on positioning them differently in the future to see what I like.
Don't hesitate to comment with some ideas on different positions. All ideas are welcome.