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DIY Creative Project with Martha Stewart Punches
Yule Tide Bottle Lamps
Yule Tide Lamps from Martha Stewart Craft Punches - how I got the idea!
When I started using my Martha Stewart craft punches, I was so excited that I began to imagine those snowflakes, flowers and butterflies on every possible surface in my house! The parcel came through Amazon, all the way from New York to Kolkata. I made the conventional greeting cards in the beginning, but soon began to imagine these bottle lamps!
The Yule Tide Lamps, as I call them, are pretty much an extension to the bottle lamps project that I had posted on Hubpages a couple of years ago. Click here to read more about the bottle lamps project.
If you are heavily into crafting, you will know Martha Stewart! She needs no introduction to anyone who has had even a small brush with creativity in life. I read about Martha Stewart on the net and got greatly inspired by her life story. If you are a creative person, you do not need a lot of educational qualifications to make it big in life. By saying so, my intention is not to be-little the importance of educational degrees. Creativity, when applied in a holistic way in every step of life, can make you look at things quite differently. Martha Stewart's life exemplifies that.
Read more about Martha Stewart in the following link:
What you need to make Yule Tide Bottle Lamps
This is a very easy project and hardly takes any time. The things you need for this project are listed below.
1. Alcohol bottles of different shapes
2. Martha Stewart Craft Punches
3. A4 size white paper and any other colours of your choice
4. Mod Podge
5. Paint brush
6. Crystal craft studs
7. Satin/golden ribbons
8. Tiny, mistletoe and other decorative stick-ons
9. Fairy lights - different colours of your choice
10. Crystal sticker-studs
Drilled Wine Bottle
As described in my bottle lamps project, the first step is to clean the bottles, remove the stickers and labels and drill a hole about 1.5 inch from the bottom of the bottle.
Glass drills of various sizes are available in the market. Otherwise, you can also get the drill done by a professional glass driller/cutter.
Using the dies, punch out from an A4 size paper or a paper of your choice. enough pieces of the snowflake, flower or butterfly punch. You can use any shape, however, avoid very big shapes as it takes away the beauty of the lamps.
Using a Mod Podge, start sticking the cut-outs on the body of the bottles. I did not stay limited to just wine bottles and decided to make this project look very versatile by using bottles from different brands like Jagermeister, Ballantines' as well as Laphroig. Quirky shapes and sizes bring out the beauty in the project and so, keeping this is mind, I made a set of lamps that looked beautiful together on the mantle-piece.
Bottles from Different Shapes & Brands Enhance the Beauty of this Project
Once the Mod Podge dries up, crystal sticker-studs can be used to decorate the bottles further. These sticker-studs make the bottle look very classy and beautiful even when they are not lit.
In the picture above, you can see an umbrella which I have used to further enhance the look of the bottle lamp. These umbrellas are available in small fairs in Kolkata from walking vendors. They are hand-made from wool on an aluminium wire-frame as base. These are not very durable though and so I was not too happy after a few days that I put them.
Alternatively, you could try using little margherita umbrellas on the neck of the bottle.
Otherwise, you could just do with some satin or gold ribbons and some small decorations. I have used little golden bells and mistle-toe fitments as shown in the photos below.
This post is a bit too late for the kind of pictures you see, yes I agree! I wish I had made this post before Christmas. But I can assure you, this up-cycled project is good for any time of the year. By using punchesof different shapes, you can add to the versatility of the project.
If you are not willing to put in the fairy lights, you are still good to go with these pieces. They look fabulous even without the fairy lights inside them. They can be used as simple decorative pieces or even with a flower stem inside them on a centre-table.
I have always tried to avoid giving a full view of the neck of the bottle in my up-cycled bottle-lamp projects. The neck of the bottle makes the piece look a bit casual, whereas, if you cover it up with some ribbons and other decorative items like beads, bells, X-Mas stick-on items, they look beautiful and can also go as a simple and quirky gift along with a Christmas Cake or chocolates during the festive season.
Before I conclude my article today, I am posting another photograph of these lamps from my Mantle-piece. I took this photo without flash to give you an idea about how dreamy they look in a room which is partially lit. These are good to decorate around a Christmas tree throughout the holiday season or your window pane too during summer. Warm colours like yellow and light violet can complete the summer look with their soft glow.