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Beautiful Wine Bottle Crafts

Over the years, I've collected a couple of empty wine bottles, which I've stored away in my garage. When I took the initiative to clear out my garage a couple of weekends ago, I kept a couple and thought that over the next couple of months, I'll try my hand at some DIY. This is what I plan to do with them... 

 
 

1. Wrap Sculptural Wine Bottles 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium

Jute twine is used to create this look and it is pretty cost effective.

Here's How:

  1. Wrap twine/jute around the neck. Tie a knot, or glue the two ends together.
  2. Using the twine, measure the length from the top of your bottle to the bottom. Take that length and multiply it by four. So, if your bottle is 5" long, your cut length would need to be 20".
  3. Cut 6 pieces of that required length. These strands of twine/jute will be used as a weave around your bottle. For a wide/large loose look netting, you would use less strands (six is ideal). For a tighter weave, you would need to use more.
  4. Take your first long strand at its center, sliding it underneath the jute at the neck of your bottle.
  5. Pull the folded center down over the ring, making a loop. Tie a tight knot. You should end up with two, even-length strands. Repeat this process with all your strands.
  6. Start your weaving from any two knots, getting a hold of the strand on the right (from one knot), and the strand on the left (from the second knot).
  7. Just a couple of inches down, commence with your second row of knots, tying another knot. Continue the process, until you reach the bottom edge of your bottle.
  8. For a detailed tutorial with pictures click here.   
 

2. Turn a Wine Bottle into a Drinking Glass 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium/Hard

Eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and inexpensive.

Here's How:

  1. Before starting, make sure that your wine bottles are washed thoroughly, labels removed. To proceed with the following, you will need a glass cutting tool kit, some ice, Carbordum Grit #100 and a large candle.
  2. Set your glass cutting tool at about 6 to 8 inches from the bottom of the wine bottle.
  3. Cut a circle around the bottle slowly and STOP once the circle is complete. For the time being, do not score again.
  4. Place the score over heat (you can use the flame of a candle) and slowly rotate the line around the flame until it heats up. The length depends on the glass, but about a minute of heat should be enough.
  5. Remove from the flame, and immediately place an ice cube over the scoring, all the way around. Your bottle should be ready to separate, if not, rotate it for a couple more rounds on the flame.
  6. Place about 1/2 a cup of Carborundum Grit on a large piece of glass. Fill the center with 3 tablespoons of water. This should enable you to make a slurry and paste.
  7. Once you have a loose paste, take the rough edge of your glass and rub against the grit in a circular motion over and over until you've got a nice, sanded edge. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to make a smooth edge. Once finished, rinse well.
  8. For a picture tutorial, visit this link.  
 

3. Create Beautiful and Colorful Wine Bottle Chandeliers 

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DIY difficulty: Hard

The upper halves of the bottles are used to create this cool look. Refer to instructions above to half a wine bottle.

Here's How:

  1. Mod Podge Sheer Colors were used to color the cut wine bottles. Disperse the color all over the inside of the bottle by twirling it around. Place them mouth-side down, to dry.
  2. Repeat this process with as many cut half bottles as you would like. I suggest using a maximum of five.
  3. You may want to ask an experienced electrician to pass the wiring through for electricity. If you are equipped enough to do so yourself, this guide explains exactly what needs to be done, in a safe manner.  
 

4. Make a Festive Light Display 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium

This DIY wine bottle idea will make for an extraordinary decoration. They're relatively easy to do and inexpensive to prepare.

Here's How:

  1. Wash the wine bottles and remove the labels.
  2. For a neat finish, drill (if inexperienced, ask a professional) a hole in the bottle's side.
  3. Pictured, a 3/4-inch tile bit was done. The hole was then enlarged and smoothed with a conical grinding stone. If you're unsure on how to safely do this, this video tutorial explains the process pretty well.
  4. Use a 50-light string feed (get the kind with just one plug), passing it through the side holes of the bottles.
  5. The process of drilling the hole should be done with patience. Take your time and do not rush or push too hard as this will cause the neck of the bottle to crack.  
 

5. Create a Shelf Using Wine Bottles 

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DIY Difficulty: Hard

This creative idea will make for a unique book shelf.

Here's How:

  1. To create one module you will need:
  2. Four bottles (same brand, height and shape preferable), washed thoroughly;
  3. Two hook and eye strainers or turnbuckles (about 14mm OD at the buckle and 5mm OD at the threads;
  4. Two planks of wood.
  5. For instructions on drilling the holes into the wood safely and accurately, follow this link.
  6. Screw in the hooks halfway between the holes on either side.
  7. Depending on the height of your bottles you may need some ess hooks to help the strainer reach between the upper and lower hooks.
  8. Place the bottles concentrically over the holes of the lower shelf and carefully lower the upper shelf on top, allowing the necks of the bottles to pass through the holes.
  9. Attach the hook and eye strainers and ess hooks if needed, between the opposing hooks. Tighten up thoroughly.
  10. Make as many modules as you need, of whatever size you require.
  11. For a picture tutorial, check out this link.  
 

6. Create a Smart Bedside Table Using One Wine Bottle 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium

Complete the look by adding a lamp shade - you can also use elements from an old lamp that needs a revamp.

Here's How:

  1. Create a hole in the bottle (refer to the instructions and video tutorial as explained in number 4). Once the hole has been drilled, wash the bottle well and remove the labels.
  2. To pass the wiring through the bottle, you will need to buy that alongside any other extra pieces, that will be required for you to put the lampshade on.
  3. Take the wire and pull it through the hole. When the wire is running through the bottle, install the wiring and place the lampshade on top.
  4. If you're unfamiliar with this process, ask an experienced professional to do this for you.

Idea by: lanaredstudio.com

 

7. Create a Soap Dispenser 

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DIY Difficulty: Easy

Instead of using old plastic bottles, use this hand-painted wine bottle instead.

Here's How:

  1. Start with an empty wine bottle. A stencil was used on its front, and should you wish, you can do the same by following this link.
  2. With the stencil on, pressed down and taped off, apply some glass etching cream.
  3. You can glop it on to start and  wait about 5 minutes before smoothing it out, making sure that it has covered all areas of your stencil.
  4. Leave the cream on for about 30 minutes and then rinse it off gently with cool water.
  5. Your wine bottle soap dispenser is now complete. Just fill it up with dish soap and add a pourer to your bottle.  
 

8. Use Reclaimed Wood to Showcase a Flower Vase Wall Decor Piece 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium

This is a creative way to repurpose wine bottles and showcase flowers in your household.

Here's How:

  1. Using a scrap board as a base, cut it to the desired width. Pictured above, the board is 25 inches.
  2. Paint, stain or decoupage your wood as you like. In the picture above, the weathered look it had was left as is.
  3. Any number of wine bottles (washed and labels removed) can be used, they may be left bare or may be painted over. (See DIY 2 for a great paint finish).
  4. Measure and mark the placement of your bottles, leaving even spacing between each, and centre them on the board.
  5. Drill a pilot hole with a drill. Ensure that it is smaller in diameter than your screw. Attach a bell hanger using the screw that came in your kit and drill or screw-drive.
  6. Attach a loop for hanging against the wall on each side. Once hung, you may add the wine bottles.
  7. For a picture tutorial, check out this link.  
 

9. Use Wine Bottles to Create Citronella Candles 

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DIY Difficulty: Medium

Here's How:

  1. Use colorful marbles to decorate the base of your wine bottle. Small rocks work well too. Just throw each in, one by one, filling up half of the bottle.
  2. Wrap a 1/2 inch x 3/8 inch copper coupling with teflon tape so that it will fit snuggly into the mouth of the bottle. Set  the coupling down in place at the mouth of the wine bottle. Don't press it down into the bottle just yet.
  3. Once the coupling appears to fit well at the mouth of the wine bottle, remove it and slide a 1/2 inch replacement wick torch through it. Leave about 1/2 an inch of the wick sticking out of the top to light.
  4. Using a funnel at the mouth of the bottle, carefully add torch fluid inside. Using a funnel will drastically reduce the fluid that spills on the outside of your bottle.
  5. Do not fill the bottle with torch fluid all the way. Be sure to leave some space for the wick, ensuring that the fluid will not overflow.
  6. Add the wick into the wine bottle, pressing in on the teflon tape, so that the coupling fits tightly.
  7. When the torch is not in use, keep the copper cap on, so that the wick stays dry.
  8. For a picture tutorial, click here.  
 

10. Prepare an Easy and Elegant Wine Bottle Centerpiece 

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DIY Difficulty: Easy

Using 8 to 12 bottles of wine, this simple centerpiece could not be any easier to create.

Here's How:

  1. The bottles do not need to match perfectly - they can vary in both height and color. Green ones are especially beautiful in the sunlight.
  2. Wash them out and remove all the labels.
  3. To finish up, fill the bottles to the same level with water and add flowers/
  4. Be sure to keep the stems long so that they will remain tall in the bottles.

Idea by: uncommondesignsonline.com

Source: homesthetics.net/

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