Over the years, I’ve collected a couple of empty wine bottles, which I’ve stored away in my garage. When I took the initiative to clear out my garage a couple of weekends ago, I kept a couple and thought that over the next couple of months, I’ll try my hand at some DIY. This is what I plan to do with them…
1. Wrap Sculptural Wine Bottles
DIY Difficulty: Medium
Jute twine is used to create this look and it is pretty cost effective.
Wrap twine/jute around the neck. Tie a knot, or glue the two ends together.
Using the twine, measure the length from the top of your bottle to the bottom. Take that length and multiply it by four. So, if your bottle is 5″ long, your cut length would need to be 20″.
Cut 6 pieces of that required length. These strands of twine/jute will be used as a weave around your bottle. For a wide/large loose look netting, you would use less strands (six is ideal). For a tighter weave, you would need to use more.
Take your first long strand at its center, sliding it underneath the jute at the neck of your bottle.
Pull the folded center down over the ring, making a loop. Tie a tight knot. You should end up with two, even-length strands. Repeat this process with all your strands.
Start your weaving from any two knots, getting a hold of the strand on the right (from one knot), and the strand on the left (from the second knot).
Just a couple of inches down, commence with your second row of knots, tying another knot. Continue the process, until you reach the bottom edge of your bottle.
2. Turn a Wine Bottle into a Drinking Glass
DIY Difficulty: Medium/Hard
Eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and inexpensive.
Before starting, make sure that your wine bottles are washed thoroughly, labels removed. To proceed with the following, you will need a glass cutting tool kit, some ice, Carbordum Grit #100 and a large candle.
Set your glass cutting tool at about 6 to 8 inches from the bottom of the wine bottle.
Cut a circle around the bottle slowly and STOP once the circle is complete. For the time being, do not score again.
Place the score over heat (you can use the flame of a candle) and slowly rotate the line around the flame until it heats up. The length depends on the glass, but about a minute of heat should be enough.
Remove from the flame, and immediately place an ice cube over the scoring, all the way around. Your bottle should be ready to separate, if not, rotate it for a couple more rounds on the flame.
Place about 1/2 a cup of Carborundum Grit on a large piece of glass. Fill the center with 3 tablespoons of water. This should enable you to make a slurry and paste.
Once you have a loose paste, take the rough edge of your glass and rub against the grit in a circular motion over and over until you’ve got a nice, sanded edge. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to make a smooth edge. Once finished, rinse well.