The Centerpieces Are Ready for their Close-up

Centerpieces on their way to being complete! Two wine bottles twined up with a selection of creme and blue flora.

This past weekend helped test drive some of my decorating ideas and gave me the opportunity to plan more with my mom and FSIL. I’m getting very excited about completing more crafts and I can’t wait to get a jump on invitations. I just love decorating with my hands!

Although these beauties aren’t quite complete – I’ll likely add some ribbon and potentially change flowers – I’m very happy with my first draft. Twining wine bottles makes for a great neutral vase and can help decorate any space. Also, as you may remember, collecting the wine bottles can be very fun.

Here are some simple steps for twining (or yarning, roping, etc.) your own glassware:

  1. Start with a clean, dry wine bottle. I collected bottles from red and white wine, but I’m using the red wine (green tinted bottles) for this project, and using the white wine (clear bottles) for a different vase design.
  2. It takes roughly 75 feet of twine to wrap a bottle, but you’re probably better off not cutting and just pulling from the twine ball as you need it.
  3. Start wrapping the twine around the cylinder, as close as you can to the bottom of the glass. You’ll need to secure the first few rows as well as possible, as it will be the base of security up the bottle. I used hot glue, but I’m going to try tacky glue. The hot glue will dry quickly, but can be a pain to deal with. The tacky glue is easier to control, but takes longer to dry. Both work.
  4. Work your way up the bottle, gluing every inch or two so you have security for the twine along the way. On the first one, I wrapped and tightened mine along the way, so it’s virtually impossible to wiggle the twine up or down. On the other one, we were trying a different technique and didn’t tighten it as much, so there’s a little wiggling. In the end, the imperfection actually helps make this decoration work, but if you’re OCD – take this into account.
  5. Once you start nearing the part of the bottle where it narrows to the neck, you’ll want to cut the twine and flatten the end so it glues down completely to the bottle. This will help when the other side of the twine wrapping (which we’ll get to in the next step) meets up.
  6. Starting off where you cut the twine, wrap it around the neck of the bottle, gluing to secure as you did on the bottom. Depending on the quality of wine you collected the bottle from, you may have a screw top on the bottle. This makes it a little more difficult to wrap without showing the bottle, but not impossible – just take your time, wrap, glue, and repeat.
  7. Once you’re done with the neck and you’re going to the graduated part of the bottle, you’ll need to glue more often. Naturally, the twine is going to slip to the smaller part of the bottle. That’s reason #1 you have to do this part from the top instead of from the bottom. Reason #2 is that since this part of the bottle is not a consistent diameter, the twine is more likely to move in general.
  8. Continue along until you’re about to meet up with the twine from the bottom. When you get close, you’ll want to wrap (but not glue) until you’re covering your aforementioned flattened end. Cut the twine where it makes sense for the length you need and wrap tightly, covering the bottle. Glue along the way (you really want the connection space to be secure) and then flatten the last 1/2 inch or so. Glue that in, and dab a bit of glue on top to blend the threads in.
  9. Let dry completely and voila – you have a twined bottle! Put your favorite real or fake flowers, berries, branches, etc. and enjoy your self-made decoration.

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