Whiskey Bottle Makeover Challenge

I'm a huge advocate for making things yourself while still being able to budget and get it done frugally. I buy my supplies when I have coupons and stock up on things that I know I will use in the future. I always check what I have before I make a purchase!

This "tutorial" is less about what I made and more about showing you how to use supplies you already have on hand to make the final product you had in mind. You don't need to spend money to make new projects. Be inspired by what you have! You would be surprised by all of the things you can make if you take a look at all the craft stuff you have saved up. (Unless this is your first craft, then you might need to buy a couple of things.)

So, let's get into it!

Lately I've been really drawn towards colorful vases. They're all over the home decor section of Pinterest! I've kept my eye out for cute vases in the stores, but haven't found any that I really love and that fit my budget! That's when I decided to use some old glass bottles that I already had and make my own.

Using what you have.

I had an old bottle of Jack Daniels from a couple months back that I kept because I liked the shape. I knew I would be able to do something with it eventually! Like a lot of things that I talk myself into keeping, I stored it away and completely forgot about it until I had this idea in mind. Sometimes my faults benefit me in the long run, sweet!

I got my whiskey bottle and two others that I thought would make cute vases and spray painted them using a copper spray paint that I recently bought for a post that will be coming up very soon! 

Thinking outside of the box.

I was very happy with the way the paint color turned out, but decided to take it a step further! A lot of these vases I've seen online had cool designs and shapes painted on them. Well, lucky for me I'm an acrylic paint hoarder! I got out my white paint and started doodling and dotting on the two matching "vases" until I came up with a design I enjoyed. 

Most of us have some color of acrylic paint stashed away, use whatever colors you have on hand! This whole project is meant to cost you little to nothing.

Remember hidden treasures.

Now that my vases were painted to my liking, I needed flowers! Remember the post I did a few months back with the twine mini vases? (You can find that tutorial by clicking here if you haven't read it already.) I had some dried flowers left over from that tutorial that I thought would go well with the color of the vases!

I was literally just going to throw them away during my last cleaning spree! Good thing I didn't. 

I didn't need to go out and purchase a single thing for this project. Everything I used I already had on hand or has been used in different projects that I have made. 

I challenge you!

To make your very own vases, using your very own supplies. Your vase shouldn't look exactly like mine unless you have all of the supplies I used. Don't go out and buy anything extra for this project.

Don't have a glass jar or bottle? Not a problem! Use that old plastic coconut oil jar or that can of tomato sauce you were planning on throwing away after tonight's dinner.

I'm sure you have paint somewhere stashed away too. You don't even need spray paint, use acrylic paint if thats all you have. Only buy paint if you have literally none or are planning a project that will involve paint in the near future. If that's the case, use your coupons to buy some! 

Click here to see the metallic spray paint I used and click here to see the white acrylic paint I have on hand! 

The flowers for my vase were an added bonus. Maybe you don't keep dried flowers on hand (that is something kinda random to have stashed away). Use ribbon or washi tape to add something extra to your vases. Even go out to your garden (if you have one) and pick some fresh flowers.

The point of this project

Is to use what is around you. I used to spend so much money on my crafts. I then realized my hobby doesn't have to cost me a butt load of money. It can be enjoyable without breaking the bank. 

If you accept this challenge

Let me know in the comments below! If you make something of your own, head to my about page and send me a quick email with a picture of what you came up with! I would love to see it.

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Love & light.

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DIY Country Style Mini Twine Vases

If you're anything like me, then you love and appreciate a good DIY project. Lately stores have been filled with country style decor with a Beverly Hills style price tag. When I see super cute things that I need in my life but could do without the insane price that comes with it, my little hamster wheel in my head starts turning. I know I can make half of these things, maybe even better!

So today we're doing a do it yourself country style mini vase!

These vases are so easy to make and can be personalized to fit your style. From the flowers to the size of twine, the possibilities are endless for these little guys. Keep reading to find out how simple this DIY really is. If you're not into picture tutorials and want to just get to the nitty gritty, scroll to the bottom of the page for a condensed version.

You will need:

  • Two vases or jars of your choice
  • Twine or thin rope
  • Hot glue gun & a couple glue sticks (Most glues will work, I just prefer a hot glue gun)
  • Dried flowers
  • Scissors

Now that you have your supplies, let's get started!

Start by cleaning your vase and removing any charms that were previously attached.

Next, using your hot glue gun put three small drops of glue along the edge and place the rope on the dots. Press firmly to make sure the rope doesn't move. (Use caution when working with the hot glue gun!)

Continue the process on the remaining 3 sides of the vase or until you have reached your starting point.

Keep working your way around the vase using 3 dots of glue on every side. If you are using a larger vase, try using 5-6 dots of glue so the rope doesn't move around. 

Wrap your vase all the way to the top, then cut the rope so that you can tuck and glue the frayed edges on the inside of the vase opening.

I chose to make two matching vases. Yours should look similar to these when you're done wrapping them with the twine/rope.

Now for the fun part. Choose the flowers you want to use inside of your vases. I chose two different style dried flowers that I found at my local craft store. You can use dried, artificial or even real flowers for your vase. 

This part is really something you need to play with. You might not like your initial idea. Just keep trying until you find something you like. It took me a couple of tries to get the look that I was going for! Sometimes it helps to put them against a darker surface so that you can see what you're working with.

Eventually you will find an arrangement that pleases you. Now that the flowers are situated you can add any charms or ribbons you think will finish off the pieces.

And these are the finished products! I absolutely love them and I'm so glad I made them myself. 

Buying materials for these products may seem like a bit of inconvenience for some, but I always keep my extra scraps and use them for my future projects. 

Condensed Tutorial:

  1. Clean the vases thoroughly and remove any charms or extras.
  2. Using your hot glue gun, place 3-6 dots of glue on the first side of the vase. The number of dots depends on the size of your vase.
  3. Press the rope into the glue firmly, being careful not to burn your fingers!
  4. Continue this technique all the way around the vase until you reach your starting point. 
  5. Place the next three dots directly above your starting rope and move your way up the entire vase.
  6. When you reach the top, cut the rope and glue the frayed ends to the inside of the mouth of the vase.
  7. Choose the flowers you want to use for your vase. I chose dried flowers but you can use artificial or real flowers if you'd like!
  8. Create an arrangement of flowers that suits your style. I chose to go with white and purple flowers because the room I'm using these for is primarily yellow decor. Since yellow and purple are complementary colors, it adds a nice touch!
  9. Once you are happy with your flowers, add any charms or extra ribbons you like onto the vases. 
  10. Congrats, you just made yourself a fancy new country style vase!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Comment below letting me know how your vases turned out or if you plan on trying this tutorial very soon! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will be back Monday with a new Motivational Monday post!

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