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 Arrange Flowers In Vintage Vases

I rarely buy flowers for myself. (I’m sure many of you can relate.) Even though they’re
so pretty, flowers just don’t last long enough to justify the purchase. If I do have
flowers around my pad, it’s because I snuck over to my neighbor’s yard and snipped a
bloom or two. Hey, it’s a rental. They didn’t plant the flowers, so I don’t think they
mind…hopefully. But, even that’s rare.

So, when I do actually have flowers, I get super excited. They just make a room feel
so…happy! Today’s my birthday and my sweet boyfriend bought me a bouquet. True to
my vintage-loving self, I arranged the flowers in a couple of mason jars and a vase
from a secondhand shop. Check out how I did it.

The aisles at thrift stores and secondhand shops are usually overflowing with all
sorts of vases—tall, skinny, round, glass, ceramic, you name it. Because I’m cheap,
I always buy vases ast secondhand shops. I love the eclectic assortment…and the
price. Most run $1 or less.

I got the cute milk glass vase pictured above at a secondhand shop. I love taking a
large bouquet and splitting up the flowers into several smaller vases. Then, I can
put one in every room of my home! This vase looks perfect with just a few small
buds. They stand at exactly the height I wanted because I secured them together
with a leftover twist tie from a loaf of bread before sticking them in the vase.

One thing to remember about flowers is that their stems will ALWAYS be way too
long to fit in the vase. You can’t be afraid to cut the flowers. I used to feel bad for
some reason to trim the stems very much. Then, I’d end up with wacked out
looking arrangements with the flowers protruding out of the vase way too far.

Don’t be afraid to cut the flowers. A lot if need be. I probably trimmed these flowers
down to a third of their original length. But now their size complements the size of
the jar. Speaking of the mason jar, I love how the bright pinks, oranges and yellows
of these flowers pop against the transparent blue of this Ball mason jar.

I placed the fuller blooms from the bouquet in a slightly larger blue mason jar. To get
a pretty arrangement start with one flower, then work your way in a circle adding
flowers as you go. This way you can check out what your arrangement looks like
from all sides before placing it in the vase. You can also secure it with a rubber band
to make sure that all of the flowers stay put exactly the way you arranged them.

What do you use to display your favorite flowers? Do you like the look of mason jars
with flowers? Feel free to tell me your thoughts on vintage vases in the comments

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