DIY Rope-Wrapped Bottles for a Farmhouse Look

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Every time the glass recycling bin is full and ready to take to the recycling center, a battle rages in my mind.

‘Couldn’t I do something with these bottles?’ ‘Will I need them for a future craft project?’ ‘I hate just getting rid of them, even if I am recycling them.’ ‘Is there a way to reuse them?’ Also, ‘Am I a hoarder?’

I never want to miss an opportunity to upcycle something. Who knows what beautiful project those sticky glass bottles could become? If you too are reluctant to part with items that you could potentially repurpose, reuse or upcycle into something amazing, I have a project for you.

While you can’t save every glass bottle in your recycling bin, you can make (a few of) these DIY rope-wrapped bottles. Go grab a few lucky bottles from your bin and let’s get started.

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So, you already have your glass bottles, but you’ll also need rope and a hot glue gun. I used leftover rope from when I turned this old dresser drawer into a wine rack, but there was only enough to cover one bottle. I purchased this sisal rope from Home Depot to finish the other two bottles.

What you’ll need:
– Glass bottles
– Rope (I got mine from Home Depot)
– Hot glue gun

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How to make a DIY rope-wrapped bottle
The process is pretty straightforward. Start at the bottom of your bottle and begin hot gluing and wrapping your rope around the bottle. Take your time and make sure you don’t leave any cracks between the rope strands.

To finish off, loop the rope around all the way to the very top of the bottle. Keep going until there’s no bottle left. Snip off the end of the rope. Put a dollop of hot glue on the end of the rope and tuck it inside the bottle to make it stay. This way, you’ll completely cover all of the glass.

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It’s so satisfying to see that simple Snapple bottle completely transformed.

(Side note: If you don’t want to risk the bottle label peeking through, remove it before you get started. Easily remove labels by running the bottles through the dishwasher or rubbing them with a scrub brush.)

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When used as vases, these rope-wrapped bottles can add a farmhouse feel to your home. The rope is rustic and perfectly neutral, so these bottles can fit into the décor in any room.

I used fake greenery that I bought at the Dollar Tree to dress up the bottles. Normally, I’m not into fake plants, but I wanted to brighten up a dark bathroom that doesn’t get enough sunlight to support live plants. These bottle vases and fake, spiky greenery were the perfect solution.

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And there you have it. That’s how I rescued a few glass bottles from the recycling bin. The rest went to the recycling center because, I mean, you can only have so many rope-wrapped bottles, easy boot shapers and bracelet holders. But I’m sure I’ll come up with more ways to use glass bottles in the future!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day |

Every year I receive a red rose from a man. He’s not my boyfriend.

Don’t worry, so does every other woman in my office.

Every Valentine’s Day, this guy comes in with his bag of fresh red roses and hands out one to each lady in the office. It’s a sweet tradition that I look forward to every year. He’s definitely the most-liked person in the office on February 14, and every women is a little bit more smiley than usual with our roses displayed on our desks in paper coffee cups and random thermoses.

(My honey deserves a mention, too. The bouquet of a dozen red roses and one bright yellow one I found on my dresser this morning definitely beat out the single one I get at the office.)

Here’s hoping your Valentine’s Day was as sweet as mine.

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7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (For Him & Her)

7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (For Him & Her) |

Don’t be the one who gives the boring, cheesy or lazy Valentine’s Day gift this year. Because nothing feels like your loved one didn’t try like a box of going-stale generic chocolates from the drugstore, am I right?

Whether you’re giving gifts to your significant other, friends or family members, skip the greeting cards, boxed chocolates and stuffed bears this Valentine’s Day.

Instead, with a little do-it-yourself effort, you can turn everyday items that your loved ones will actually use into Valentine’s Day gifts. Here are seven ideas.

1. Natural and organic beauty products

Give your loved one a fancy lotion, soap, shampoo, moisturizer or other beauty product. I’m not talking Suave® here. Think more natural and organic products that feel spa-like. (My favorite natural brands that you can easily find at your local Target are Acure, Alba Botanica, Pacifica, S.W. Basics and Yes to.) Make the gift feel Valentine’s Day-themed by tying a red ribbon and twine around the bottle.

2. Everyday essentials in a cute container

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Whether you’re gifting a few beauty products or another assortment of items, like a coffee mug and a package of locally-roasted organic coffee, tie the items together by placing them in a cute basket, crate or bucket (like this IKEA bucket.) Be sure to choose a container that you think the recipient will use again. That’s part of the gift!

3. Health gifts to feel good

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Give your significant other health items that will make her feel good. Maybe she’s been meaning to take more vitamins, for example. Gift her fish oil, a women’s multivitamin or a probiotic. (Again, tie a red ribbon around the bottle to make it festive for Valentine’s Day.) And, be sure to opt for high-quality vitamins. Check out Whole Foods, Sprouts or Trader Joe’s.

4. Tea for comfort

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Another feel good gift is tea. Whether loose leaf or in bags, tea is warming, comforting and uplifting. Make the gift feel special by checking out a local health food store or tea shop. You’ll be more likely to find something besides the regular brands you see in grocery stores.

Or, opt for a different type of tea (black, green, white, herbal) than he normally drinks. Or, a brand she hasn’t tried before. As a diehard black tea drinker, I never would have guessed that I’d love herbal bedtime teas, but they’re my favorites right now. The go-tos in my mug are Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief and Yogi Bedtime tea.

And, if you want to add-on to the gift, give a related item, like a small plate for his tea bag or a tea infuser so she can try loose leaf tea.

5. A plant (or two)

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A bouquet of flowers is fun, but gifting a plant is even better. Plants brighten up a space, clean the air and they last longer than a dozen roses. (If you need ideas for what plant to buy, here are my five favorite low-maintenance houseplants.)

6. Fill a mason jar

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This is a simple gift idea that still feels special. Fill a mason jar (or two) with her favorite candy or nuts. It’s a two-in-one gift.

7. A favorite wine or beer

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Gift your loved one a favorite bottle of wine or a pack of beer. It seems simple, but if it’s a brew he’s been meaning to try or a wine you think she might like, the thought really does count. Be sure to tie on a red ribbon for that extra thoughtful touch.

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Don’t stress out about a Valentine’s Day gift. These simple, yet thoughtful, gift ideas are all you need.

(This is not a sponsored post. Any product recommendations, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.)

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