Old glass bottles are prefect recycle crafting objects, with their beautiful colors and interesting shapes. This is a guide about crafts using old glass bottles.
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I cleaned my old rose bowls with soap and water and then added gold or silver leaf. I glued hemp string along the top for more flare.
Approximate Time: 1 hour
By Louella from Billings, MT
I like to recycle glass bottles, such as soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, etc. into decorative glass bottles. Here is one I made using scented candles to drip onto the bottle.
Do not use little tea candles, as the center can come out while still on fire. I have had this happen before. This bottle smells so good, and then I put things like flowers, pretty rocks, potpourri, etc. in them.
In order to make them, you light a candle that smells good, and then hold it over on its side until the flame makes the wax melt. I hold the bottle sideways and let the wax fall down the length of it. Sometimes I do dots and patterns. But is it supposed to look like an old, old, candlestick that has years of candle drippings on it.
I put some leftover lace around the top this time. They do not make suitable candle holders, since the wax would melt (obvious to some, but I tried it once :)
I like to look at them. I have made them all my life, they are kind of a fall tradition around here at our house.
Source: From Girl Scouts, a long, long time ago.
By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN
By Karen from Pawtucket, RI
I picked up a huge box of little vintage bottles at the flea market last summer for $5. They were pretty dusty but salvageable. I trimmed them up as shown and popped in tiny message scrolls and gave them as gifts. They are cute conversation pieces. Add hooks and they make nice ornaments.
Approximate Time: Approx. 20- 30 minutes each
If bottles are dirty, place a tiny bit of steel wool on the end of a small, flat artist's brush and scrub inside. Turn upside down and dry thoroughly.
Scan images or music from old books and save as jpegs.
Measure bottle size and reduce images to fit.
Print images and cut out with paper cutter.
Stain with tea-dipped cloth if desired. Allow to dry.
Apply glue to long edges of labels with small brush. Dip in glitter. Lay flat to dry.
Attach labels to bottles with decoupage medium.
Tie ribbons around bottle necks.
Add jewelry parts and embellishments, such as word stickers, as desired.
Measure a square of thin paper or vellum and cut so it will stick out of the top of the bottle. Stain with a damp cloth dipped in tea (optional) and let dry. Write desired message. Roll tightly and tie with tiny red string and stick into bottle.
Slip hook under ribbon on bottleneck for hanging.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
Starting on the bottom, you need something to catch the wind this happens to be a small piece of wood, I have used old CDs, cut up place mats and Plexiglas shapes, connected to a length of chain (it varies with each bottle). Use a piece of clothes hanger and make a loop connected to the first piece of chain. Triad a large wooden bead (clapper). Make another loop on the opposite end of the piece of clothes hanger. Add another piece of chain and feed this piece of chain through the cut bottle from the bottom to the top determine the right length of chain and then cut. After poking a hole in the middle of the cap, use another piece of clothes hanger connected to the chain and feed it through the cap. Make another loop with another piece of chain on the opposite end of the cap. Determine the length of chain from the top of the cap to the hanging ring.
If your bottle does not have a screw on top, I use a bead just big enough that it won't slide through the opening or you can use another key ring. Just remember to feed it through the bottom of the bottle out the neck before you attach your hanging ring. I have never had one break from the weight.
By Babbie from Lemon Grove CA
Create this fun Reindeer decoration using an old vintage Coke bottle. Collectors of Coke memorabilia will love this red nosed icon, as well as those who enjoy decorating with antiques.
Approximate Time: A few hours
Place the Styrofoam ball over the top of the bottle and press down. You want the neck of the bottle to penetrate about one inch. Remove the ball and paint around the hole and the bottom half using brown acrylic paint. Apply craft glue to the rim of the bottle and replace the ball on the neck. Note: Do not apply too much glue, you do not want it to drip inside the bottle where it can be seen. Finish painting the remainder of the ball brown.
Paint a 1/2 inch wood plug using red acrylic paint and allow it to dry. Press the plug into the center front of the ball for the nose. Remove the nose. Apply craft glue to the indentation and reinsert the nose. Use a stencil brush to lightly pounce the cheeks with the red paint. Dip the eraser end of a new pencil into black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes a 1/4 inch above the nose and a 1/4 inch apart. Allow the paint to dry.
Draw a 1 inch leaf or tear drop pattern on lightweight cardboard for the ear shape and cut out. Lay the pattern on tan craft foam and trace around it. Do this twice for two ears. Cut the ears out. Use a fine line black permanent marker to make stitch marks around the edges of the ears. Fold the brown chenille stem in half. Pull the sides apart, forming a "V" shape. Form the antlers, one side at a time. Measure 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the "V" and bend the stem down. Measure another 1 1/2 inches and bend up. Measure another 1 1/2 inches and wind the remaining end of the antler around a pencil. Repeat for the other antler side.
Insert the blade of the table knife in the top of the head and cut it from right to left, creating a 2 inch slit. Rock the knife slightly to widen the slit. Apply craft glue to the bottom center of the antler "V" and the bottom of each ear and insert into the slit, using the picture as a placement guide.
Cut the eyelash yarn in half. Cut 4 inches from one 18 inch length and set aside. Wrap the remainder of the piece around three fingers. Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers and tie the 4 inch piece around the center to create a tassel. Apply hot glue to the top of the head, between the ears and antlers. Set the tassel in the glue. Hot glue a jingle bell to the end of each antler.
Hold the remaining eyelash piece and the 18 inch red satin ribbon together. Wrap around the neck of the reindeer and knot. Tie the gold wired ribbon around the neck and tie into a two inch bow.
By Cyndee from Winfield, Kansas
Finding pop in round bottles last week sat my heart to racing to realize that a little colored water in each hung from beaded twine would do wonders for my yard which is mostly "basic green."
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I have been digging up old vintage glass bottles from old trash dumps. These bottles are different shapes and sizes. The bottles vary in color, lime green, dark olive green, dark amber, blue, and clear. Some bottles have very thick glass and have a variety of openings. The bottles range in age from 20 years to 60 years old. I have dug them up and brought them home.
Some of them I have cleaned up and have on display in my house. The ones that I have in my house are small ink bottles or small perfume bottles. I would like to decorate the brown flask liquor bottles, brown glass Clorox bottles, cobalt blue bottles, the wine bottles, and a variety of other glass bottles and jars that I found unique enough to bring home. If I had some craft ideas, I think I could get busy making some money from my hobby.
My husband says you should do some research online and in library books because some of those bottles could be worth a serious lot of money. We have one old bottle (about 60 yo) that is worth over £1000-that's $1565 at current exchange rates. In the UK the apothecary bottles are the valuable ones, I expect it to be the same in the US.
I would like to know how to decorate a variety of decorative bottles. Maybe how to put items in the bottles like flowers, etc.?
By Trinity from Portland, OR
I personally have over 1200 old bottles. I would like to know how to make these into arts and crafts. Can someone help me please?
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