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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Super Easy DIY Soy Candles

Super Easy DIY Soy CandlesDIY Soy Candles

I love candles but they are so expensive! Especially if you want a candle with a great scent that fills the room or even the house. I’m going to show you how to make your own for a fraction of the cost of buying them.

Supplies you will need:

  • Jars, depending on what look you want or how many you plan to make because, hint, they make a beautiful gift too! You may have some lying around the house, or you may want to buy some cute ones. I bought these, Libbey’s 4.5 oz mason look drink jars. Or you can use 4 oz mason jars too. Whatever you like and can afford, there are a ton of different styles and price ranges on Amazon.
  • Wicks, can’t forget these! **Note** Be sure to measure the height of the jars you are using, so you buy the right size wick, too big is ok because you can trim them back. *I also use little glue dots to help secure them to the bottom because they like to float around when you pour the melted wax in. Again, all depends on your budget.
  • 100% soy wax flakes. Different size bags available, depending on how many and what size you want to make. I still have a ton left over and I bought a 5 lb bag. But I also sell them on Etsy, so I’m always making them.
  • Fragrance oil or oils. Depending on what scent you want or if you want to be daring and mix scents to create your own unique scent. Example: Vanilla fragrance oil and strawberry fragrance oil smells like strawberries and cream!
  • Wax Coloring (optional) *If you do choose to buy coloring, make sure it is wax coloring, not soap coloring! There is a difference. I choose to do my soy candles color free.
  • Jar Decor (optional) I like cute and pretty things so I choose to add burlap ribbon, paper flowers and beads to my jars. I think they turned out shabby chic, what do you think?
  • Funnel * helps with pouring immensely so you don’t get wax drip all over. Some prefer the pouring pot, but I’m on a budget, so I use an old funnel from my kitchen stash. Works just fine!

You can cut costs of supplies by using jars you already have, opt out of coloring (they will still smell the same), leave plain or decorate jars with things you have around the house (use that imagination) and using a funnel and an old pot you already have (just don’t use them again for cooking, haha).

Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get started!

  • Set your jar or jars on some newspaper, easy clean up this way!
  • I use an older saucepan to melt my wax (no longer used for cooking). On low heat, melt desired amount of wax, I can never get the exact amount right for flakes and ounces. I usually do about 5 oz of wax flakes for a 4.5 oz jar. *Hint, if your unsure do extra and make wax melts with any leftover wax, by using any old mold or ice-cube tray. I have some molds because again, I sell wax melts too.
  • While your wax is melting, using a glue dot on the bottom of the wick, and with the handle of a wooden spoon, to help guide and set the glue, center the wick into the bottom center of the jar and push down with the handle of the spoon. If you are using a wide mouth jar, you can probably reach it with your fingers. (Don’t forget to watch your wax, it doesn’t take long to melt!)
  • Once the wax is almost melted, turn the heat off. The rest will continue to melt. Add your fragrance oil or oils, stir and sniff, add more if you want a highly scented candle, I think you’ll know when you’ve reached your desired scent. *Again this all depends on the size of the candle you choose to make. I make mostly the 4-4.5 oz size and I use 20-25 drops per candle. Also remember, if you are combining scents use roughly half for each scent, depending on which scent you want to be more prominent.
  • If you choose to add coloring, add this now as well. Depending on the color you want will be how much coloring you use. *Tip add a little at a time, drop a dot onto a piece of wax paper, it will cool in no time, then you will know what color you’ve got so far.
  • Now your ready to pour! Using the funnel or pour pot, pour your wax in slowly until you reach desired height. I usually go the lowest brim.
  • You can secure the wick to the middle by blowing on the top of the wax to get the top to cool quicker so it holds the wick in place and it stays centered.
  • Let set overnight. *Out of reach of little fingers!
  • Trim your wick to top of jar with scissors, decorate your candles if desired, and enjoy!

Super easy, DIY soy candles are made. They are fun to make too!

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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?

 

 

My Ideas when it comes to Home Decor

Always having lived on a tight budget, I wanted to find ideas to still make my home cozy and comfortable. This is now where Pinterest comes in me! I love, love, love Pinterest, you can find me at, https://www.pinterest.com/athomefeelin/ . I have recently joined Google+ as well. I will soon start sharing the ideas I find for DIY home decor that I love. I hope that you will love them too!

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