I happen to like wine, and I like to be crafty. I felt like there must be something I can make out of my empty wine bottles, right? Oh there is. There are a TON of crafts on Pinterest using wine bottles. This wine bottle wall décor is my first one.
To start, I picked some of the rather large wine bottles I had for this craft. I painted them with white acrylic paint and a brush. If I had to do this again, I’d probably recommend some kind of spray paint. After they were dry, I used some left over burlap ribbon to spruce up the bottle a bit.
Then I began my search for some kind of wood that I could attach the bottles too. Who knew that Michael’s sells nice, weathered looking wooden boards? I bought two of them and then headed to the hardware store.
I bought two different kinds of hardware: 2 hole pipe strap and stainless steel clamps. They were both in the plumbing section. I already had screws of various sizes at home that I could experiment with.
I intended to use the 2 hole pipe strap to go around the neck of the bottles and into the wood. Then they would just kind of hang gracefully. Nope. They didn’t fit quite right, and there was no way the bottle was going to be stable enough.
On to the steel clamps! Now, I’m not gonna lie. There were six in the package and I managed to ruin four of them before I figured out how to actually screw them to the wood without ruining them. The method I ended up using was to take a screwdriver and wedge it in one of the slats on the clamp and kind of work it in there to make a hole big enough for the screw. I’ll warn you that the steel clamps are sharp! Definitely needed a couple of Band-Aids. I recommend not doing this on carpet; my screws were a little too long and ended up going through the back of the wood board a bit.
Once I managed to get the clamps screwed to the wood, I fastened them around the body of the bottle. Then I hung the boards on a wall in my kitchen and inserted some faux flowers. Ta-da!
This was more challenging than I anticipated, but I do love them. Have you tried to make something like this? Let me know how it went or what you found to be the best method!
My favorite holiday is definitely Halloween. I recently bought a new home in the past year, and so I’ve been on the hunt for some DIY Halloween outdoor décor. I found quite a few pins on Pinterest for zombie dolls and thought I’d give it a try. This post by wold630 at Instructables gave me my starting point.
I did not have any old dolls to zombify, so I went to the local Savers and bought five dolls for under a total of $15. A couple of them didn’t even have clothes, but that was totally fine since I was going to destroy these dolls anyway!
I already had the following supplies:
I laid out the drop cloth in the garage and undressed all of the dolls that did come with clothing. Next, I gathered up each doll’s hair and covered it with a plastic bag as best I could. It doesn’t have to be perfect since they are zombies.
Then I spray painted the legs, arms and faces of each doll with the white spray paint. I highly recommend doing this in a well-ventilated area. While I waited for them to dry, I cut out two square pieces of the canvas drop cloth to make “clothes” for the two dolls that didn’t come with attire. I just cut a hole in the middle of the square big enough to fit the doll’s head through.
nce the spray paint was dry, I took the grocery bags off of the dolls' hair and got out my acrylic paints. I mostly used red and black to paint smudges and blood on their faces, arms and legs. The creepier the better. I let the paint dry for about 20 minutes or so.
I was planning on putting these dolls in my front lawn and needed a way for them to stand up. If the body of the doll was cloth with stuffing, I cut a hole in the doll’s back and inserted a wooden dowel that I could then stake into the grass. If the doll’s body was made of hard plastic, I simply taped the dowel to the body.
I redressed all of the dolls and gave them one final dusting of spray paint so that the hair and clothing looked a little ragged. Then I staked each doll in the lawn and set up some lights to make them even creepier at night.
These are by far the creepiest decorations I have ever made myself, but it was super easy! Get out your supplies and give it a try too!
Do you have an IKEA Poang chair cushion and a nice shower curtain? Then you can make your own slipcover!
I have two of these chairs that were handed down to me when my husband and I bought our new home. While they are super comfortable, the cushions are black. And I have cats….that shed a massive amount of hair.
So, Pinterest to the rescue! I weeded through a LOT of different slipcover tutorials until I found this one on Polished Habitat. These are the best directions ever.
I do not know how to sew, nor do I own a sewing machine. But following Polished Habitat’s clear and visual instructions, I was able to hand-sew this beauty:
I think it goes quite nicely in my living room now. Get out your old sewing kit and give it a try!