As you all know, I love doing DIY projects. Now that I’m in my new place, I can do as many as I want. I used to have to give all my projects away or toss them out when I moved all over.
Being a wine drinker makes doing DIY projects much easier. There are so many things you can do with old wine bottles. So instead of tossing them out, up cycle them. Emilee and I have been trying to figure out what to do for the giant space above our fireplace, so I had an idea. We are going with the black and gold theme for our place. After we get our mantel built, we are going to place the up cycled wine bottles on the mantel with lights. I am going to paint a giant canvas to go above the display. I’m still deciding on what to paint.
About three years ago, Niki and I threw a winter wonderland party in Iowa City. If you’ve been a long time reader, you probably remember. One of the projects we did involved frosting the bottles. We spray painted them, and then sprinkled a glittery frost on the outside. That’s where I came up with the idea for our fireplace.
For now, I have the bottles in my bedroom sitting on the ledge. I can’t wait to get the mantel up. I’m excited to see what it’ll look like. These bottles would be a great center piece for a party, a table, or outside during the holidays with lights. You could use your team colors and put them out during a football party.
This project was by far the easiest DIY I’ve ever done. It’s really cheap too, because you don’t need very many supplies.
All you need is wine bottles, spray paint, glitter, and paint. You can get creative and decorate them anyway you’d like. Add jewels, letters, stickers, or flowers.
-I let the water bottles soak in a sink filled with hot water and 3 tbsps of baking soda until the labels were soft.
I used a spreading knife to scrape off the labels. A scraping knife is better than a regular knife because it won’t scratch the glass. If you have a hard time removing all of the labels, just use GOO BE GONE or soak them longer.
After all the labels are removed, set the bottles out to dry.
When they’re dry, take the bottles outside to spray paint.
When you’re spray painting, start from the bottom. You’ll want a little transparent coat at the top and thicker at the bottom.
The spray paint dries extremely fast, so you won’t want to wait to add the sparkles. If it dries, just do a quick spray paint shot and add the sparkles.
If you spray paint over the sparkles, it gives the bottles a rocky texture which is really cool too.
I used a couple different shades of gold paint and gold sparkles. Some of the bottles I left without sparkles or it would have been overkill.
My next batch of bottles I am going to do are going to be black.
If you aren’t good with a paint brush, you can use a black sharpie. I used black paint to add a couple of designs to the bottles to make them pop.
I added black sparkles on top of the black paint to take away the dullness.
If I could add sparkles to everything in life, I would. Gold too.
The bottles are going to look amazing when I get them set up! For now, I’ll just keep staring at them from the window.
In the fall, I like to make wreaths and collect outdoor plants for them. I think it would be cool to add some of those outdoor plants to the bottles to give them a fall look.
Do you have any awesome DIY projects you’ve done with some of your up cycling items?