Friday, October 18, 2013

Thrift Store Bottles And Vases

So you know how the big blogs have guest posts on their blogs sometimes? Well, we sort of have that going on today and I'm so excited that we have another creative crafter in the family! My granddaughter, Shya, completed a project using bottles purchased at a thrift store to use on a fireplace mantle or sofa table. She purchased 5 glass jars of different sizes and decorated each one differently. The project was inexpensive and she used items that we already had for decorating the bottles.
Starting from left to the right, here is what she did:
  1. Mix 1 drop of blue food coloring into 1/3 cup Mod Podge and simply paint the outside of the bottle using a small paint brush. Let dry at least 3 hours. She let the bottle dry overnight then wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon around the outside and used hot glue to secure it to the bottle.
  2. Place a pearl strand (leftover from last year Christmas decorations) inside the bottle. You could use an old necklace or beads also.
  3. Place a strip of burlap ribbon (leftover from the burlap wreath projects), Simply DIY Project For the Front Door and Simply Decorate An Autumn Mantle, around the outside of the bottom and with your fingers begin to fold or pleat the ribbon, then wrap a piece of satin ribbon around the burlap and tie a bow.
  4. Place colored glass pieces (or you could use marbles) in the bottle.
  5. Pour white acrylic paint into the bottle and rotate the bottle until all of the glass areas are covered. She used some leftover bling from my pumpkin project, Simply DIY Pumpkin Decorating Project, to decorate the outside of the bottle. For a final touch, she added a monogram letter in the middle.
  6. Finally, to complete the look for a beautiful nighttime showing, she added battery operated candles (tea lights in the white and blue bottles and votive candles in the larger bottles). When they are all lit up, they look simply beautiful!
The entire project cost less than $10 and you could probably do it for less if you have old jars or bottles you don't use. It seems that I always have left over candles and ribbon around so that also helped keep the cost of the project down. Use your creative touches and create something beautiful!

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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