Here’s a great way to reuse all of those empty beer and wine bottles you have laying around: turn them into vases. Beer and wine bottle vases are inexpensive to make, and they will fit right in with organic, eco-chic kind of wedding decor. Not to mention, you’re recycling which is good for your wallet and good for the earth.
First, you have to assemble the tools: string, sand paper, matches, lighter fluid (acetone nail polish remover works too!) and plenty of empty beer or wine bottles. This is an art form that takes a few tries to get right so be sure you have extra bottles to practice with.
Next, dip the string in your fuel source and then tie it around the bottle at the spot where you would like to break the glass. Then, light the string, rolling the bottle around slowly (kind of like a rotisserie chicken) for about 30 seconds. It’s important to note that the string must catch fire. This means an open flame. Reminder: You should only attempt doing this outside and with a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.
When the open flame has been burning for about 30 seconds, you want to quickly place the bottle straight down into a bucket of cold water, submerging it past the string. You will hear a “pop” and the bottle will break where you wanted it to. It may require a gently tap to completely detach the broken-off piece.
You will be left with a broken-off bottle that requires a little sanding. Just use a square of rough sand paper and smooth the edges of the bottle so they are not sharp to the touch. Then, to get the labels off, let the bottles sit in a sink filled with warm soapy water. After about 30 minutes, they should peel right off
Now you get a chance to dress up your bottles. One great way to add to the prettiness factor is by adding a bow made out of leftover string or ribbon. Or, if you are looking for a strong pop of color on the table, you can paint the inside of the bottles. Just apply spray paint to the inside of the bottle and then let it dry for at least 12 hours.
Just drop in a bouquet of vibrant-colored flowers and you’ll have a rustic, eco-chic wine bottle centerpiece for your wedding. Oooh la la!
Meredith Cashman Ouellette is a co-founder of Jetting to the Wedding, which provides destination wedding planning to fun-loving couples worldwide. Find out how she can help you with your destination wedding planning. And don’t forget to check out the Jetting to the Wedding Blog.
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