Double D and I have a love of wine, but that always leaves me with what to do with the empty bottles. I know there is always recycling, but I have been looking for ways to reinvent the bottles. This time around, I saw an awesome idea to turn them into counter night lights. Love this idea! I used them for Christmas presents, so I included a sewn shirt sleeve as the wrapping.
What I needed: wine bottle, 30 light mini strand, fake grapes, raffia, glue gun, fake leaves, floral wire, shirt sleeve, a cork, and a chop stick
I started with the shirt sleeve. Basically I just cut one of the arms of off Double D’s old shirts, and sewed it shut at the bottom. I have seen these in craft stores, and thought they were adorable. The ones I saw had a strip of fabric that tied around the neck of the bottle, but mine had grapes and raffia covering the neck, so I skipped this step. Instead, I used some of the raffia and threaded it through the cuff link holes to create a closure.
After I had the wine sleeves made, I started on the wine bottles. I threaded the lights into the bottle and used a chop stick to push them all the way to the bottom. I left a little bit of cord hanging out.
Next, I used the floral wire to tie the grapes around the neck, tied the raffia in a bow, and glued some leaves on. I really don’t know what kind of leave a grape vine has, so I am sure these don’t match, but that’s okay:) I also cut a notch out of the cork so that the light cord could be left hanging down the back.
And here they are all lit up on the counter. I left the corks out while they were on, just because I wanted somewhere for the heat to escape. I think if you could find LED mini light strands, that would be best, but I couldn’t find those anywhere this year.
I think they turned out good, and will look pretty all lit up. And, one less thing going to the landfill:)
Thanks for looking!
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