I saw one where they had a slip-on cover that looked like a waiter's button up vest.
THE BEADED BOTTLE
If you are needing some tips on what to use to deco the bottle itself, for like gift giving and such????
A few beads and bead wire and imagination is all it takes to really turn it out.
Start the wire at the neck base and feed a few beads on.
Twirl the wire around a pencil, and then flatten it to the bottle.
Feed a few more beads on and repeat till you get a good design going.
Looks great if you twist it out to look like a flower, using two shades of light purple, and green for the leafing.
Another really cool trick is to take the wine bottle and fit it into a knee high panty hose. !!Don't forget to make a gift tag stating what kind of wine you are giving!!
Cinch the top of the hosery to the bottle with a good rubberband. You can leave some of the bottle exposed or none at all.
Take an acrylic paint of your choice and go to town!
Painting the panty hose creates a leather like effect.
Finish off the top with a handmade card telling them what kind of wine is inside, and tie whatever floats your boat around the neck to cover the rubberbanded area. I use feather boas, small grape clusters, coins, candy, anything!
I have read on here that it is really hard to cut glass bottles and have them turn out ok, so my idea is to use the whole bottle.
I once visited a vineyard that used them to create a stain glass look to a large window area. Granted they had tons of space, and tons of bottles, all different colors, and yet I can not think of any reason it couldn't be dupped in miniature.
The end product could be affixed to a window, to catch light, or a wall you painted in bright white to show off the color of the glass. Kind of like a giant "shadow box".
Build a frame using wood to hold the bottles when they are laid to stack on their sides. It should be measured out according to the size of bottles you're using and leave about an inch of the bottom of the bottle in sight. So what, about 8 or 10" deep, and wide/tall enough to fit the bottles without leaving any gaps.
They did a large octagon, and stacked the bottles on their sides inside the frame. They had loads of bottles and loads of space, because they repeated the stacking in two layers so that from each side all you saw were the bottoms of the bottles. For a smaller unit, one row would do it, and I would point the top part in, so as to see the bottom sides. The end effect looked like a large "grapes cluster" because they used green, yellow and clear bottles.
My kitchen has a window that sits over a floorboard heater vent. I cover it with shutters/curtains to keep down the view of the neighbors. I have often thought to finish out this area with a shelving unit that covers the window in this type of sculpture/shadow box. It would make a great convo piece and give me some needed shelving space!
P.S. This beautiful piece can be seen at The Meremac Vineyard in St. James Missouri, and I recommend the New World Red!
I simply add rocks to the bottles with glue (from a craft store) and they look stunning!
I was wondering if you have any advice about using empty wine bottles for stuff around the house.
By Gracie from Texas gap10388 at aol. com
I am looking for ideas to decorate with wine bottles.
Manolisb from Greece
I think it would be cool to make a wine bottle hanging chandelier! You could use painted 16 gauge baling wire from Home Depot to hang the bottles from. Or you could just set cobalt colored wine bottles on a shelf in a row with tiny Christmas lights or LEDs inside of them.
Back when I was a teenager I made a glass "sculpture" by stacking glass baby food jars on top of each other in rows, then I put a green light behind the stack of glass & it lit up the whole room. It was so simple, but so wonderful & enchanting to look at. With only one light bulb, the whole stack lit up! My mom brought the neighbors in to look at it. (10/15/2008)
By Karen L
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