Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bottle (w)rap

I drink a lot of wine. And end up with a lot of empty wine bottles that are oh so pretty, it breaks my heart to have to junk them with the raddi- walla. I've been trying to find all sorts of utility excuses to hang on to them - wate bottles, plant holders and what have you. And now I have the perfect non-utility excuse to collect some more!

Used:
Coloured raffia from Le Papier
Empty clearglass wine bottles (Sula Zinfandel -which is incidentally my personal favourite)
Heavy duty glue (I have this stick of industrial glue that solidifies when it cools but I guess Fevicol would do as well)


Starting at the bottom (cos the top's a bit tricky) starting winding the raffia tightly around the bottle, pausing to add a bit of adhesive every now and then. The curve towards the neck of the bottle requires a LOT of adhesive as the raffia tends to slip loose.
Et voila! A pretty bottle sweater. (I'm planning to go back to Le Papier and pick up every possible colour of raffia they stock. Imagine a whole rainbow coloured line of these bottles!!



Edited to add: A couple of months later some more string arrived.




And about half a dozen wine bottles later, here's what happened:



35 comments:

  1. love the idea....I never feel happy throwing away the wine bottles myself....I'm gonna try this soon..thanks for sharing!!

    love your blog and all other ideas too! would you like to show the rest of your house to my readers...because I love whatever little I have seen here...let me know... bahl.kanika@gmail.com

    Cheers!!
    Kanika

    ReplyDelete
  2. love it.. planning to do it:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. oh, I LOVE THIS! I've been google-ing "what to do with old wine bottles" to no avail, and then low and behold craftgawker leads me your way! bravo. Cant wait to make this happen!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is SO fun. They're so bright and happy. TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm doing this! Now!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Could this be done with yarn too? :o

    ReplyDelete
  7. Just tried this with Brahma beer bottles - works very well with the ever so slight curve in the bottle!

    Great idea - am now looking at 101 things around the house to wrap in raffia!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is amazing! Such a creative idea. THANK YOU!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my goodness! Drollgirl tweeted about this and I'm so excited that she did and that I thereby found your blog. I'm bookmarking this so that I can attempt to recreate it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I loved what you did with that bottles! My friend and I are wine lovers and I've been wondering what to do with our empty bottles. My initial idea was to make candlesticks with them. Now that I stumbled upon your blog, we will have colorful candlesticks!

    Lovely, lovely blog!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I did these about a decade ago then used them as candle holders..Looks divine with all the wax dripping down them

    ReplyDelete
  13. beautiful! I love the idea.

    ReplyDelete
  14. OMG! Although I get the comments mailed to my inbox, I didn't realise I was even getting so many readers. Wow. Thank you for all the love. Looks like this raffia wrapping is quite a trend. Yarn, thread, whatever floats your boat, back in college, I'd even wrapped silken embroidery thread around my grandmum's traditional glass bangles. The only downside? These will get really dusty if you live in a place like India, and there's just NO way to clean it! Once again, thank you all you lovely people. And i'll be back with more. Soon.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love! Can you tell me how much of each color you purchased? thansk!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I've made a version with twine on a glass coca-cola bottle on my blog (link below!), but I so love the texture of your raffia! Definately on the list for next stock-up! Thanks for your creativity.

    http://operationcrafthappy.blogspot.com/2011/05/crafternoons.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tried your BlogSpot two times and couldn't find it!

      Delete
  17. This can also be done with Mason Jars and makes really cool candle holders that glow the color of the twine!

    ReplyDelete
  18. The bottles look absolutely fantastic. Very creative of you.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Very cute! I myself mostly paint old wine bottles, but this is something I may have to try, just for a new spin! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Love the colors. Great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  21. this is so cool! i think even i could do this! :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. how much twine do you need for one bottle?

    ReplyDelete
  23. LOVE the idea! Going to do it definitely..
    Have just discovered your blog and liking everything I'm seeing here :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love this idea!

    I was wondering where on the le papier website I can order the colored raffia?

    ReplyDelete
  25. I needed an idea for the empty space above my cupboards....Perfect idea!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Great idea, wonder what the bottles would look like with lights in them!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I wanted to use old wine bottles as vases for my upcoming fall wedding, and was going to decoupage them, but this looks so much more fun! Thank you for this tutorial, I can't wait to get started! I'm DIY'ing a lot of stuff, and these are perfect for the wedding! Thanks. :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi Revati!
    I'm the Editorial Community Manager for FaveCrafts.com and I just came across this project--I love it! I was wondering if you'd be interested in letting us publish it on our site? You can email me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Just Beautiful.....

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love this! I'm an avid wine drinker and it seems such a shame to throw away those empty bottles. Now I just need more shelving for all my bottles or a bigger apartment! I need to go get some raffia and get started. Thanks. :)

    Jess @ The Delightful Crafter

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of wine bottle crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-recycled-wine-bottle-crafts/

    Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Nice! Adding the tall grass sticks would look nice in these.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Nice idea. I have a friend that drinks wine. He had about 100 or more empty bottles that he did not want to throw away. I am glad he didn't. I looked over the internet and could not believe the things you can do w/them.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...