The Christmas season is here!
I’m excited. Are you?
I love so much about Christmas. I love the gift-giving and traditions, the celebrating of Christ’s birth, and fresh Christmas trees, gingerbread and spiced cider, the lights and music…
and making my own decor.
This year I’m starting with a simple project using recycled bottles. Grab some empties, a few bottles of paint and ribbon – and let’s get started.
Over the summer I was invited by Hometalk to do a Facebook Live demonstration of my Repurposed Tuscan Oil Bottles. Since I was out of grape seed oil bottles, I started searching around for some from locals.
I was so happy to find a sweet lady who had a pile of empty wine bottles stashed away in a storage building. And she was happy to share.
But then the show was postponed and when we rescheduled for early November, we decided to do a different project. So I had all of these bottles just hanging around.
Not a problem!
With Christmas not far away, I decided to give the Tuscan bottles a holiday twist and I absolutely love how they turned out.
I wanted to stencil one of my favorite Christmas words onto the bottles, so I started by giving three of them two coats of white paint.
I also wanted to crackle again, so I put on a coat of crackle compound, and let it dry overnight. The next morning I painted them with gold paint and waited.
Maybe the humidity was too high. Maybe my paint was too thick this time. Regardless of the reason, it just didn’t work, and I was left with a challenge.
I gave the bottles a light sanding with a medium grit sandpaper and got a different look, but one I totally loved.
Next it was time to stencil the letters. I added one to each bottle from this stencil set in bright red.
Finally, I finished with some wired Christmas ribbon I had left over from last year, gold glitter tape to cover the threads at the top, and filled them each with some Christmas berry sprays.
This isn’t the first time a project turned out differently than I had envisioned. I so love how this technique looks though and do you know what? I’m really glad I had a “mess up” with this project because it gave me a chance to try something different.
These bottles are simple and quick to put together. The longest time you’ll spend on them is waiting for paint to dry! They’re the perfect “pocket time” project.
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