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. 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.
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.