Recycling Wine Bottles Into Home Decor

Recycling Wine Bottles into Home Decor

DIY Wine Bottle DecorRecycling wine bottles into home decor is a great way to be “green”. What better way to recycle than to actually make amazingly awesome home decor? I love it when I come upon an idea, usually from Pinterest, that you can make that actually looks good and is simple to make.

I’ve seen a lot of people recycling wine bottles into home decor. Some I love, some not so much. But hey, we all have our own style that we love and want to share with others.

Here is how I made my version and I just love the way it turned out! I will be making many more! You will see in the picture below I had 3 different size bottles and not all are wine bottles. Just to show you can make them even if your not a wine drinker or don’t know anyone who is. I started with only 1 bottle because I wanted to make sure I was going to like the finished look.

So without further ado, here is what you’ll need to make my version:

Step 1 – Gather all your supplies. If you choose, you can remove labels before you begin. I didn’t and they are not noticeable under the jute cord. Step 1Step 2 – Cover work area with newspaper for easy clean up. Glue and jute cord can be messy. Step 2Step 3 – Start at the bottom and work yourself up the bottle with glue and jute. (When you start with the first couple of strands you may have to hold for a minute or so to make sure it gets a good hold.) I only went about an inch each time with the glue because it does dry quick. I also would continue to “squish” the cord down so I got a tight fit and nice look of a covered bottled with no gaps in the cord. Continue until you get to the top of the bottle. Then cut the cord from the spool and be sure to hold the end tight to the bottle for a minute to again get a good hold. *The tacky glue dries clear so no worries if you can see glue seeping through right now. Step 3Step 4 – I let mine dry overnight, but I’m sure you don’t have to let it dry that long. I just didn’t want to rush to get it done before the kids came home from school. So let dry as long as you feel is necessary. Step 4

Step 5 – Using the tacky glue, paper flowers, and buttons or beads, decorate your bottle anyway you like! DIY Recycled Home DecorStep 6 – Display! You are finished and can proudly display your new piece of home decor. Or you can make more and display them all together as a centerpiece. I’m working on more right now myself, I loved them so much!

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Top 10 Reasons for My Mason Jar Crush, Who’s Feelin’ The Love?

The Mason Jar CrushMason Jar Crush, Who’s Feelin’ The Love?

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Who has the mason jar crush? I know I do. I love everything about them! They now have so many uses in and around my house, I probably wouldn’t know what to do without them.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the many ideas on Pinterest, heck, I think that is where I really fell in love with them. It didn’t take me long to realize how much I really could do with these glass jars of all sizes. You can get them here in all shapes and sizes! And all the new accessories you can get for these jars are just too awesome! You can buy plastic lids, caps for pouring, gingham print caps. Well, I could go on and on about these useful accessories, but I’m sure you get the idea!

My Top Ten Uses for Mason/Ball Jars:

  1. Canning

veggies for canning

Of course we gotta put canning at the top of the list. After all, isn’t that the real reason we all have Mason Jars and/or Ball Jars? Many things can be “canned” in these jars, from the veggies out of your garden to sauces and soups. Who doesn’t want fresh homemade veggies, pickles, sauces, soups, etc. in the dead of winter?

  1. Storage

ball jar storage

These jars come in handy for storing so many things! And I’m not talking just food. Even the guys use them in their workshops and garages for easy storing. They are great because you can find what you are looking for quickly because of course the jars are clear. Not like my dad or grandfather who always had a ton of coffee cans you had to paw through looking for one simple screw or bolt. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about! Darn it, I can’t find the picture so I’ll have to explain. It is simple really, just the correct size lids under the counter/cupboard, piece of wood that is hanging up, etc., and twist the jars on and off. Simple, right? An awesome idea for all those little screws, nails, nuts & bolts, etc.

Also excellent for use in your craft/sewing room for the same purpose. Even in the office. You can decorate these little jars any way you like for added effect of home decor (yes, that is on the list as well).

And of course, the pantry. I love using these for baking supplies like chocolate chips, raisins, muffin wrappers, and so much more.

  1. Gift Giving

spoon honey jar gift

Mason jars or ball jars are also a great way to give a gift. You can make honey and syrups, dry cookie mixes, dip mixes, pancake mixes, and more to give as gifts or add to gift baskets. Homemade gifts are always the best! Homemade sugar scrubs make a great gift when gifted in a cute ball jar too. * I will be writing a post on how to make your own sugar scrub.*

  1. Drink Ware

Ball Jar Drink Ware

Now for drink ware. Some just use these jars straight up to drink out of, others love the new top and straw sets you can buy specially made for ball jars, now available in colors too! They have gallon size for making sun tea or with a spout so your kids can help themselves!

  1. Wedding Decor

Romantic Wedding Lights

The newest thing in wedding decor, ball jars! Again, Pinterest for ideas. Romantic table lighting, or scattered lightning depending on where your wedding or reception is being held.  Flower centerpieces for tables is another romantic use for rustic/country style weddings.

  1. Lighting/Candles

mason jar lights

These jars make for some amazing lighting and add a charming country look as well! As you can see from the one above, these jars make for some very nice lighting. Or you can use them to actually make the candles in like I have done here with my 100% soy candles. So many different uses for lighting and candles.

  1. Organizing

Jar Organizing

Organizing kinda goes in hand with storage don’t ya think? If your using these jars to store things in, as long as your sorting them too, then you are organizing as well. I’m sure us ladies do this much more in our craft rooms, sewing rooms, or work areas, more than the guys do it in their garages!

  1. Parties

Ball Jar Drink Ware

If your a country gal like myself, I’m sure you’ve already used these for parties too. And this may go with drinkware for some, as we have used them for drinking beer, soda, and they are great for making cocktails ahead of time. If your making drinks for large crowds then the gallon jars work well here too.

  1. Home Decor

Flower vase

And oh my goodness, so many uses for home decor! I’ve seen 1000’s of pins on Pinterest for home decor with ball jars and mason jars. I’ve seen them painted and displayed, love these, and working on a set of my own right now. Haha! What I really like though is the simple way to display flowers from the garden or wildflowers picked by your little ones.

  1. Crafts

Sugar Scrubs

There are so many things that are considered crafts even when it comes to these cute little or big jars. Making sugar scrubs, painting them for home decor, using them for gift giving, etc. So many ideas on Pinterest for this one. One of my favorites is making snow globes. You can find the instructions here: Making  a Snowglobe

Found this DIY tutorial at, http://www.simplemost.com

You must check out crafts for ball jars on Pinterest if you love crafting and ball jars! There are just too many for me to go about here. (Yes, I spend WAY too much time on Pinterest, lol)

Now that I have shared my top 10 reasons why I love mason jars, let me tell you that this is only a handful of ideas for these awesome jars. I could probably do post after post about what you can use them for, or tutorials on how to do this or that with ball jars. But now, I want to know what you like about mason/ball jars.

Do you have a mason jar crush too?