Twine Wrapped Bottles

Sometimes when life gets going at lightning speed it’s hard to remember to sit down every once in a while just to tinker or fiddle or craft. It’s good for the health, I say. I recently carved out a few minutes to make this twine wrapped bottle and am glad I did. As it isn’t always easy for me to toss a thing before weighing all possible options for repurpose, I had been collecting wine bottles of different shapes and colors here and there for a while with the intention of turning them into lanterns. I never quite got around to that. Because one can only have so many empty wine bottles lying about the house before feeling like a wino, I decided to break up the collection and turn a few into vases.

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I could see these being used as centerpieces for a wedding or set in a small grouping of different sizes on a mantel or dining room table. Mine is currently in my guest bathroom. All you need is a clean bottle, twine, and a glue gun. Starting at the top, run a line of glue right under the lip of the bottle and press the twine into it and let it dry. Do this again until you have at least three glued lines around the top. This is your starting point, so it’s important that it sticks well. From there, continue to wrap the twine around the neck of the bottle, one loop at a time. It isn’t necessary to glue every line down at this point, but it is very important that you wrap the twine tightly or else it will unravel on you. Be sure to also push each new loop of twine up so that it sits tight against the last line and there is no glass showing in between.

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Continue to wrap until the bottle begins to flare out. Around two or three loops before the bottles starts to widen, you will need to start gluing the twine down again.

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Each line from here on will need to be glued down or else it will come undone as the bottle changes shape. While holding the twine tight in your left hand, run a short line of glue underneath the last row with your right and press the twine into it. Once the bottle begins to straighten out a little you may be able to stop gluing and just wrap. It’s going to depend on the shape of the bottle. You will be able to tell whether the twine will slip or bunch without glue.

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As you reach the bottom, flip the bottle upside down and begin gluing the rows down again. I stopped wrapping about an inch from the bottom because I wanted a bit of the glass to show, but you could go all of the way to the base. Glue the last bit of twine down and trim the tail with scissors.

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Succulent Wall Art

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I love succulents. I love how plump and dewy they look. I love that they are easy to maintain. I love the varying shapes and shades they come in, from plum to jade to dusty turquoise. I also enjoy how the word succulent feels rolling off my tongue. Try it. It’s fun. suhk-yuh-luhnt…Yeah…That’s nice.

I had been wanting to plant some for a while, and I just happened to have quite a few large canning jars laying around so thought that it would look pretty cute to pot them in those. I also don’t have any other plants in my home and am hoping that I can keep these heartier varieties alive indoors. Due to the nature of a succulent’s composition (they store water in their leaves) they don’t need as much moisture as other house plants and should faire well in a jar as long as it has sufficient drainage. Root rot seems to be the number one killer of succulents and can be avoided by monitoring your watering. From what I’ve researched, the soil should be damp but will need to dry out between waterings.

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I first added a layer of large rocks to the bottom, then a handful of smaller rocks on top of that. Word of advice: Place your rocks in the bottom of the jar carefully. I accidentally dropped in a larger rock and it shattered the glass! I then added some regular potting soil. I pre-moistened the soil so that it wouldn’t sink to the bottom of the jar after watering. I’ve read that one should use a special succulent/cactus soil that is quick-draining or add sand to regular soil, but I decided to go this route and will just see what happens. Experiments are fun!

photo (5)I’m also a sucker for pallets. They have so many uses besides carrying cargo loads. My husband brought home a cool ladder-esque pallet a while back with the intention of using it for something down the road. I will be honest and say that we currently have four pallets in our possession that are not being used for anything. “But we’ll do something with them someday!” We may or may not have a pallet-hoarding problem. That being said, it’s crafty moments like these that make me glad we have a supply of awesome distressed lumber for that shabby chic/industrial look I tend to go for. I thought it would be great to combine my new potted plants and the tall pallet into something visually interesting to lean against our living room wall (rather than just the plain pallet that we had shoved in the corner).The pallet before(The pallet before)

I purchased some pipe clamps from the plumbing section of our hardware store and some 1/2″ wood screws. I then pre-drilled some holes into the last bracket of the pipe clamp, the place where I wanted it to mount to the (6)

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I then screwed the clamps to the board and began tightening the loops.

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I inserted my jars into the clamps and tightened them as much as I could. The jars are quite heavy with the glass, rocks, and soil, so I made sure they were as snug as could be.

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And there you have it! A living piece of upcycled wall art.

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