Decorating with Bottles, vintage, flowers or not
Tue 5th, Feb, 2013
Now don’t say you don’t get bang for your buck here in BC Land, land of white, makeovers, the sea and forty is the new thirty fashion, hahaha, and yes today I am presenting my one and only perfectly honed crafting skills for you.
All joking aside, though some people seem to think I am a crafter, really I am not much of one…I think for one sole reason, one my darling husband, cough, would, no doubt, whole heartedly agree with…I am way too impatient to be really any good at craft. But I do like a dabble with making things over and having a go at making things for around and about this old cottage.
Which brings me to this idea to display flowers in old bottles utilizing a ball of string and with any luck a vintage white door with a nice patina…I like to think of it as my contribution to up-cycling.
Nowadays it’s not hard to get a whole array of bottles so luscious that once you have downed the sumptuous concoction that arrived in them you are left wondering quite how you can bring yourself to put the bottle in the re-cycling bin.
Enter a bit of foofing with string, throw in a few flowers and bob is your decorating uncle.
I have always loved a vintage bottle and did one of my first blogs on vintage bottles here with them hanging over the table on the deck…it’s easy, effective, cheap and simple, plus pops wow factor in one quick hit…
I never tire of a flower (white or not) in a vintage bottle…
and another one here…so simple to do…I used random flowers from the garden, no table dressing and different shapes and textured glass for an eclectic mix
So it’s a given that I like bottles…and these little beauties for this crafting extravaganze fall right in the category of love, I mean hello look at the label alone, how can one possibly not drink the nectar, peach at that, and then not think up some use for the delicious little vessels left behind?
So for this hanging bottle decoration I used :
clean juice bottles
and string…I have done this crafting a few times now, with various strings and twine
and also ribbon (ribbon is a bit trickier to tie and get to hang right but looks da bomb when done)
….this is my fave at the moment – it’s cotton twine and gives a nice feel when wrapped around the neck of the bottle plus the bottles hang well, plus it has a natural feel, but is not too rustic and it feels a tad on the coastal side to me and it’s on the white side…(I bought it in a dollar shop)
What you do :
tie the string/twine/ribbon to the neck of the bottle…
wrap it around a few times and then add another bottle (it’s easier to do this with the first bottle and twine hanging from a hook, you can then let the next length of string ‘drop’ to see how much further down you want the next bottle)
I like it with the drops not perfectly equal – it’s better on my eye but you might prefer to fiddle around with it a bit more and get them the same distance apart
A stylist once told me in no uncertain terms (gosh I could write a whole blog post on the day that magazine came here) that in home decor and styling nothing.must.ever be done in even numbers…ever…got that?
…but I like this with four…not too many, not too little…but you be careful now if you put even numbers of things around your home
And that my friends is that…a little bit of styling in Beach Cottage Land…
Good day to you
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