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 DIY rope-wrapped bottles

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 you’ve completely covered the neck of the bottle. 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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How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks

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Don’t toss out last year’s calendars. Repurpose those dated calendars into bookmarks.

Book lovers know you can never have too many bookmarks. (I lose them all the time!) So why not easily create your own bookmarks from that calendar you were going to throw in the trash?

Besides keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, you may also be helping yourself keep that New Year’s resolution of reading more this year. A pretty bookmark may be all the incentive you need to crack open a few more books.

Get ready to turn those pages (and not lose your spot) by making your own bookmarks from old calendars.

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Every year, my mom buys me a couple of wall calendars for Christmas. And every year in January, my eco-conscious heart hates to toss out the old ones, even if I am putting them in the recycle bin.

This isn’t my first old calendar redo. In the past I’ve made envelopes from old calendars (and wrote about it for Organic Authority.) I’ve also framed the images from old calendars for easy wall art. But this year I wanted to come up with a new way to repurpose old calendars.

When researching ideas to repurpose old calendars, I found these gift tags from Real Simple. They looked like bookmarks to me at first and they inspired me to try to create bookmarks from my old calendars.

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Want to make your own bookmarks from old calendars? Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies you’ll need:
– Old calendar
– Poster board or thick paper
– Bookmark (to trace)
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Single-hole puncher
– Twine or ribbon
– Pen
– Scissors

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This is a great project for a chilly afternoon. Grab a mug of coffee and get to crafting.

Step 1: Trace the outline of the bookmark
With a pen, trace the outline of the bookmark you’re using as a stencil on the calendar image of your choice. Here I’m tracing the outline of a coffee cup from a coffee-themed calendar.

Step 2: Cut out the bookmark
Next, cut out the bookmark. Then, grab poster board or a thick paper. Here I have a small piece of white poster board.

(Tip: The calendar image itself is too flimsy to simply use as your bookmark. That’s why you’ll also need poster board or a thick paper. You’ll be adhering the calendar paper to the poster board, so it’s more firm. I also used the front and back covers of the calendar for this because they’re made of thicker stock.)

Step 3: Paint on the Mod Podge
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of your bookmark cutout. Working quickly, paste the bookmark cutout onto the piece of poster board (or thick paper.) Smooth it from the inside out to get rid of air bubbles.

Step 4: Add another layer of Mod Podge
Paint on another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of your bookmark. This will seal it all together.

Step 5: Let it dry
Now, let the bookmark dry completely. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut out the bookmark
Cut out the bookmark. Now it will feel like a real bookmark. It’s much sturdier than the first time you cut it out from the calendar.

Step 7: Punch a hole
Using a single-hole puncher, punch out a hole at the top center of your bookmark.

Step 8: Thread ribbon through
Finally, thread a small piece of ribbon or twine through the hole. I like to loop the twine in half, stick the folded end through the hole, thread the folded end through the newly-made loop and pull to secure it. You can then knot the bottom two ends.

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I’m still in awe of how well these bookmarks turned out. During a few days off work after the holidays, I went on a bookmark-making binge and made almost 60 of them. You can get a lot of bookmarks out of one calendar. I’ve given away a few to friends and now I’m thinking about selling them in my family’s antique booth.

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These bookmarks make great gifts for the bookworms in your life. Even better, if you’re buying books for friends and family, stick these handmade bookmarks into the pages for a special addition to the gift.

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DIY Christmas Garland: Wood Chip Pompom Garland

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This year, I took a cue from Scandinavian decorating to make a DIY Christmas garland to outfit my Christmas tree. (And it wasn’t just because I purchased the tree at IKEA.)

Instead of a full tree dripping with ornaments, the IKEA Christmas tree encourages Scandinavian minimalism with its sparse branches. I’m not sure what it is about this look that works so well. But it does.

Maybe fewer branches mean making more thoughtful ornament choices, since you only have so many branches to hang them on. Or, maybe it’s the deliciously rustic quality of it. As if it was a real tree—imperfections and all—chopped down just outside my door. Or, maybe the simplicity is what makes the tree. It’s not decked out in twinkling lights or shrouded in sparkly twine.

Whatever it is, I needed an equally rustic and uncomplicated garland to drape on the tree. When looking at my craft supplies, I saw a bowl full of wood chips and a bag of pompoms and I knew I had to make a DIY Christmas garland using the two.

Here’s how to create your own wood chip pompom garland.

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Gather your supplies together to make your DIY Christmas garland. I ordered 3-5 cm wood chips off Amazon and I found mini red and green pompoms at the Target Dollar Spot.

What you’ll need to make a DIY Christmas garland:
– Wood chips (3-5 cm diameter)
– Mini pompoms (I bought mine at the Target Dollar Spot)
– Twine
– Drill
– Needle and thread

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Step 1: Drill a hole
Drill a hole in the center of each of your wood chips. I used about 20 wood chips for my garland, but the number simply depends on how long you want your garland to be.

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Step 2: Thread the twine through and knot it
Take a wood chip and thread your twine through the hole. Then, knot both sides of the twine, so the wood chip doesn’t move.

You can either trim your twine to your desired length now (I think my garland was about 5 feet long) or keep adding wood chips and pompoms until your garland is the length you want and then trim it.

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Step 3: Sew on the pompom
Sew the pompom to the twine in order to attach it. I’m no sewing expert, but I managed to attach the pompom to the twine. My tip is to insert the needle through the middle of the pompom in order to secure it.

Continue attaching wood chips and pompoms until you’ve strung them all along the twine.

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Tips to keep in mind when making your DIY Christmas garland:

– Space your wood chips and pompoms at your desired length along the twine. I put a few inches between mine, but you could place them right next to each other if you like.
– When you attach your last wood chip, tie a knot at the end of your twine to secure it.
– You don’t have to use twine. Use yarn, string or even fishing line.

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This DIY Christmas garland is so easy to make. (Sewing on the pompoms is the most time-intensive part.) And, I love how this garland adds holiday cheer without going too over-the-top. It’s a bit whimsical, a touch rustic and so simple.