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Decorating with Wine Bottles

Updated on September 9, 2014
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Now that the Holidays are fast approaching you may want to some some DIY home projects to decorate your home or maybe even feel like doing something with your hands. This project is cheap, easy, fun and has several home decorating applications.

You have probably been to some home decor stores and have probably sen what appear like wine bottles which have been decorated in some way or another and now are part of a home.

You need some empty wine bottles in various sizes. The color of the glass does not matter. First clean your bottles and dip them for a few minutes in hot water. This is in order to remove any labels that may be present. Once you have removed the labels and the bottles have dried, spray paint them with a black aerosol paint. One coat should be enough.

Then you can paint them in another color. I suggest that you paint them in a rich color palette like red, blue,green, yellow, purple; gold, bronze, brass also look very good. To paint them it is better to use a soft bristle brush and an oil based paint. Two coats are better. A soft bristle brush gives them character. You can spray paint too but somehow it is not the same.Do not paint the bottom of the bottles at any time.

Let the paint dry completely before you handle the bottles. At this stage you are done if you so choose.

However, If you want to go the extra step. Get a a tool that has an edge like an old dinner knife and scrape off paint to create designs of your choice. Fill the bottles with water and add food coloring in a heavier than usual concentration. Re-cork the bottles.

Now you should build a wooden base and drill some one inch circumference holes that runs along its length. On top of each hole goes a bottle. Make sure to add some supports one each corner and on the front of the base.

The side supports are so that it is raised above the surface where you will be placing it. The front one is to hide electrical wires and on top go the bottles. Get some small LED running lights and attach them to the bottom of the wooden base.

You can build a small base for each bottle which is more practical and they are easier to move and arrange or you can make a long rectangular shaped one to hold several bottles at once, this is entirely up to you.

Using clear silicone glue the bottom of each bottle to the base. You can paint the wooden base too to match the color of the bottles or use contrasting shades. Finally, enjoy your D.I.Y arts & crafts project.

This type of arts & crafts project serves as a year round home decor or it can be made to fit a specific holiday theme.

Once you turn on the lights their illumination will show through the designs that you previously scrapped on the bottles and they will reflect the color hues of the food coloring.

There are many projects that you can make with empty wine bottles like making wine bottle candle holders, wine lamps and so on. To do these you need a commercially sold glass cutter to cut the bottom part of each and through which you run lights or insert candles.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      moonlake: Thank you

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love the bottles with the lights. Enjoyed reading your hub. I use wine bottles on my bottle tree in the garden. Voted Up.

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      cristianneacsu 5 years ago from Bucharest, Romania

      You are welcome Luis I promised I will read all you'll write, I will do more, thx, C.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      cristianneacsu: Thank you

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      grand old lady: Thank you

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      cristianneacsu 5 years ago from Bucharest, Romania

      Superrrrrrrrrr, vote up and like & tweet for your amazing bottles, let's be friends on facebook - http://facebook.com/cristianneacsu

      Thank you.

      Christian.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love DIY stuff and have a thing about bottles. Your bottles look lovely! Thank you for this very nice hub:)