Recycling Wine Bottles
Are you a wine connoisseur? Know your tastes and choices, flavors? I prefer ‘sweet red’ and I’m partial to Sutter Home brand. Along with my 4 ounces per night, I also find keeping a few of the various colored bottles is a good idea –especially after seeing so many things made from them after the delicious wine is gone.
I browse online and Pinterest for ideas on how to re-use them. These are great for Bottle trees too. The latest trend to add a splash of color to ones garden. My Husband’s great Aunt has a fabulous bottle tree in her back yard. They’re not for everyone though. Definitely all in one’s taste, just as the wine itself.
Here is our Aunt Martha’s bottle tree.
Now on to the focused project, my very own wine bottle ‘up-do’. Getting the label off the bottle was by far the hardest thing for me. I used vinegar and blue dawn dish detergent with very hot water. Soaked over night and it finally came right off. Still a bit of residue but I had something to cover that. A wooden spatula helps also.
I used a green empty wine bottle (small/normal size), twine, burlap, the original cork, scissors, hot glue gun, letter stencil and a brown paint pen. First I stuck the cork back in the top. I wanted twine but not too much so I just wrapped it up at the very top really tight. Starting off with a dab of hot glue to hold it in place (careful, don’t burn yourself as I did 🙁 ) , gently wrap it around the very top (neck) of the bottle. You can see I only went down around 2 inches.
After the twine, I cut a piece of burlap ribbon from a spool and wrapped it around the center where the label was, hot gluing first, then wrapping tightly around to glue again. Make sure your glue meets are in the back, opposite of where you plan to paint or stencil. Finally, I stenciled our last name initial on the burlap very carefully.
You can get creative and come up with your own unique stenciling or ways to create. These would be great for the bride / groom’s wine to be poured in with their own initialed bottle. Lace can be added or you could use any theme you prefer. Also one for each table with a tiny bouquet of flowers displayed inside would be a great idea for decorating. I think daises would be nice if it’s a spring wedding or sunflowers/wheat for a fall wedding. So many possibilities.
Here is the finished product…………
So now have fun ‘up-doing’ a wine bottle! Be sure to share your crafts & recycling projects with me on my Facebook Page so I can share with the fans! Thanks for visiting ~Mish 🙂