Simple DIY Wedding Centerpieces Using Wine Bottles

Don’t throw out those empty glass bottles!  “Upcycle” them into chic vases and candleholders by adding yarn, twine, paint, and/or glitter.  We love the look of different size bottles grouped together.  Mix and match colors and textures with candles, flowers, or a collection of both for a stylish centerpiece.

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Yarn Bottle
(see original article at Wedding Chicks)

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1)  First, you will want to remove your glass bottle labels so that you can’t see them peeking through. Submerge your bottles in hot water.  After they have soaked for a while you can peel off the labels pretty easily.  For any stubborn bits or remaining goo, pour a couple drops of olive oil onto a paper towel and rub at the remaining residue from the label. Make sure to wash your bottle afterward to get the oil off.  If you need something stronger try Goo Gone.

2)  When your bottle is clean and dry you can begin wrapping it.  Starting at the top of your bottle, apply a tiny dab of hot glue, just under the edge. Press your yarn into the glue horizontally, leaving a tail-end. Point the tail-end downward and start wrapping…as you wrap you will hide the end! You will want each layer of yarn to rest closely to the next, without any room in between. Try playing with different tensions to see what works best.

3)  When you get to the curve, you may need to ease up slightly on the tension, or apply small dabs of glue to the bottle to hold the yarn in place, depending on the angle that the bottle curves outward.

4)  Continue down the bottle until you reach the bottom. Apply another small dab of glue along the base, and once the yarn is set, snip the end.

5)   This method will create a clean and smooth look. For a less symmetric, more organic look, let your yarn overlap and bunch up in various directions.

Now, fill your bottle with one or several beautiful blooms, trimming your stems so that the blooms sprout right above the opening of the bottle and are staggered at different heights.

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Twine Bottle
(same instructions as above)
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Glitter Bottles
(see original article at Jenny On The Spot)

See the original article at Jenny On The Spot (and for other great ideas!)

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What you’re going to need:  
– Glossy, acrylic sealer
– Fine grit sand paper
– Empty wine bottle(s)
– Glitter
 

1)  Rub the bottle with sand paper so that the adhesive has something to hold on to

2)  In a well-ventilated area, lay your sanded bottle on a covered surface, spray with adhesive, and generously sprinkle glitter.  Don’t spray it all at once… do it in parts

3)  Turn your bottle (gently) and repeat.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.

4)  Once you’ve gone all the way around your bottle, look for thin spots, missed spots, or spots that make you crazy. Spray adhesive and add more glitter as needed.  Stand it up and let dry.

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Painted Bottles
(see original article at Ruffled Blog)

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1)  First, you will want to remove the bottle labels and then clean and dry your bottles (see Step 1 of the Yarn Bottles for how to).

2)  Next cover a hard surface outside and place bottles on the surface.

3)  Spray one thin, even coat of spray paint on each bottle.  Make sure you are not holding the can too close to the bottle or the paint will get on too thick and start to drip.

4)  Give the bottles time to dry between coats and apply additional coats as needed.  This amount of time will vary—be sure to check the can label for specific dry time instructions.

5)  Be sure to pick up the bottle and spray around the bottom edge so no glass is showing through. Then do a quick spray at the very top of the bottle. Leave bottles out to dry in a shaded place.

6)  Voila! You now have beautiful vases or candle holders for your centerpieces.

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Thrifty, DIY Wedding Decorating Ideas We Love

Looking for unique ways to decorate your wedding that won’t break the bank?  Well we’ve got you covered with some creative ideas that will surely impress your guests!

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Mason Jars

There are so many great ways to use mason jars for your wedding décor.  Leave them as is, paint them, put labels on them, fill them, or decorate them with ribbons, lace, or bows.  Use them as candleholders, vases, drinking glasses, hanging lights, or the perfect vessel for your wedding favors.  The possibilities are practically endless!

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Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns come in a multitude of colors and various shapes and sizes.  They are a great way to create visual interest, especially if your venue doesn’t have hanging lights.  Or, if your wedding is outside, these look beautiful hanging from tree branches or lines of string.  Whether illuminated or not, they still look lovely and are easy to match up with your wedding theme.

Photo via Lover.ly

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Creative Signs

Signs don’t have to just be informative.  They can really make a design statement too!  Use them to send a whimsical or sentimental message to your guests.

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Branch Out!

You can create stylish centerpieces with something that might be lying in your backyard—branches!  Hunt or shop for ones you love and accessorize them to your heart’s content.  Spray paint them, add flowers, birds, or ribbons, or hang decorations from them.  Branches look lovely arranged in vases or laying on a platter.

Photo via Lover.ly

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DIY Paper Flowers

We found that one of the cutest and easiest DIY projects is rolled paper flowers.  There are great instructions on how to make these all over the Web (like this short YouTube clip).  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be cranking out bouquets, wreaths, topiaries and eye-catching garlands in no time.  Make it a “Girls Night” and put your bridesmaids to work (with wine of course)!

If you don’t want to make them, you can also order them on Etsy!

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When Do It Yourself is a Don’t

Post by Kimberly Tweedy; WedPics Blogger      |   About Kimberly

 

I’m not a crafty person. Let’s get that out of the way.   So when it came time for me to take on DIY wedding projects, specifically  my wedding invitations, I started to worry that if I wrote them out myself, they would end up looking like a 9-year-old who was learning how to write in cursive…with their eyes closed. Read more