I hope you had a happy Earth Day yesterday!! I have celebrated Earth Day for at least the last 6 years. One year I gave all of my coworkers "work silverware" so they didn't have to use plastic ware. The next year I gave them material napkins and DIY napkin rings for work. That's how into Earth Day I am.
This year I decided to upcycle some wine bottles that I have. Not all are from wines I personally drank. Some are bottles I was given for DIYs and others are wines that I didn't like so I poured them out (sorry wine aficionados). Any who, I decided that for this Earth Day, instead of adding to the landfills, I'd decorate some bottles for decorating my house!
All I used were...
* 2 bottles (from a night of drankin - just kidding)
* Craftsmart paint (that I got in a 4 pack from Michaels)
* pink and brown burlap ribbon (Dollar Tree)
* paint brush (Dollar Tree?)
* scissors (Walmart)
* glue gun and glue sticks (Target)
* an array of flowers (Dollar Tree)
* gem stones (Dollar Tree)
* a butterfly (Dollar Tree)
I know that I could have used spray paint. It would have taken a third of the time. But, I wanted to use the paints that I purchased for spring crafts. I knew that if I used 2 or 3 thin coats of paint, I could create the look that I wanted.
So, I did 2 thin coats on some colors and 3 on others. The purple (grape taffy) was very opaque and only needed 2 coats. Of course the yellow (light yellow) needed 3 coats and probably could have stood a 4th one. I also left a empty space between the two colors because I knew that I was going to add my burlap ribbon at those points.
When my paint was dry I decided to add to rows of my burlap ribbon. I measured my space on the bottle and cut, allowing for about a third of an inch overlap. I used my glue gun but didn't saturate the fabric. One, it's hot and you don't want to burn yourself. Two, burlap is a very "open" ribbon. The fibers are loose and globs of glue peeking through isn't attractive, rustic or not.
Yep, the paint looks crazy toward the top of the bottle but don't worry. I blinged that part out! I thought that it went well and it brings the purple of the top and the pink of the paint together. Don't worry. I blinged out the other cap too AND I added a flower. I also added gem strips around the brown burlap for a touch of sparkle.
I forgot to take snaps of the gluing of the flowers. I had my mind on not burning my finger tips and it completely slipped my mind but, I think the end result is worth it -- don't you?
Don't throw away your wine bottles. Reuse them as vases for longer flowers, foliage or stems from outside. Or they can be pretties on a table or shelf or counter top. They make for easy decorating and you can jazz them up in so many ways.
Have you ever done a wine bottle upcycle? Do you (or a friend, wink wink) have a spare wine bottle? Do you have a glass sparkling water bottle? If so, try it! And, of course, tag me on IG!