Make It: DIY Neon String-Wrapped Vases!

created at: 03/19/2012

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am totally into DIY vase projects lately!  From paper polygons to faux milk glass, I can’t get enough of ’em.  So, of course I was excited when I spotted this easy string-wrapped vase project — the pops of neon are perfect for spring!   


created at: 03/19/2012

Remodelista shares this tutorial based on a project by Laura Parke.  All you’ll need is the following:

  • glass bottle.
  • natural jute twine
  • neon twine
  • glue (try modpodge, like in this project)
  • small paintbrush

After you’ve gathered your supplies, hit up Remodelista for the full tutorial!   Continue Reading

How To: Make Easy DIY String-Wrapped Bottle Vases!

created at: 01/29/2012

I love fun and easy repurposed decor projects and these colorful string-wrapped vases certainly fit that bill!  So save up those empty glass bottles, Curbliers.  It’s time to turn them into something pretty (and useful)!   


Rachel Smith, an extremely talented illustrator and the blogger behind Penelope and Pip, shares this simple DIY project.  All you’ll need is a few empty glass bottles, wool yarn (in various colors, weights, etc.), and some trusty Mod Podge.  Check out Penelope and Pip for Rachel’s tips (and beautifully photographed steps) for getting the yarn/glass/glue combo to work just right! Continue Reading

Super Simple (and CHEAP) Vase & Bottle Makeovers

created at: 02/28/2011

Go to any yard sale or secondhand shop and one thing is apparently clear: there is no lack of goofy vases in the world. Kim turned her thrift store vases (purchased for 50 cents a piece) into something quite lovely using nothing but craft paint. (Here’s the tute.)

created at: 02/28/2011

This next one is the same idea using jars & bottles that were rescued from the recycling bin.


Speaking of the recycling bin, these bottles were given new lives with nothing but labels. Continue Reading

What’s the best bottle cutter on the market?

The complete bottle cutter review

UPDATE: We put the top bottle cutters to the test, and the results are in. Click here to see our in-depth reviews, and our pick for the best-tested bottle cutter available.

Photo: DIY Maven

About a year or so ago, I found myself shopping for a bottle cutter. I spotted an inexpensive one at my local craft store, and since I had a project in mind that required a bottle cutter, I bought it. As it turned out, that wasn’t a good idea. Continue Reading

Beer Bottle Pendant Lights

Have you noticed that when something is billed as ‘hand-crafted’ it’s often code for diy-able? Take these beer bottle pendant lights from Kix Studio for example. Entitled Flaschenlampe, the lights were constructed out of beer and soda bottles found in the streets of Berlin. To do a diy version, we’d need to get fancy with a bottle cutter, find a suitable lamp cord and a thin, low-watt bulb. The resultant coolness factor would make it worth a shot.  Continue Reading

Tell me how to cut glass!!!

Recycled Drinking Glasses by Emma Woffenden and Tord BoontjeTransglass Carafe

I have one of those ‘craft’ bottle cutters–the kind with the wheel-y cutter and tapper deal. For cutting a straight line on a regular bottle, it works fine. Well not fine, but it does cut. What I wanna do it cut necks of bottles both straight and wonky like the bottles pictured here. These particular examples are from Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje, and they aren’t cheap, considering where they came from originally: the recycling bin. Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Made of 1,000 Beer Bottles.


There are all sorts of thoughts on the environmental impact of choosing real Christmas trees or artificial ones…most of what I’ve seen chooses real ones, though if you’ve already a synthetic one, you should continue to use it.

But here’s another take all together: “Chinese designers decided to take an entirely different approach to celebrate the holiday, crafting a huge tree from 1,000 Heineken bottles. The massive sculpture is currently providing some festive flair to Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.”



Stack Your Wine Bottles with Style.

vineyard3 Stack your Wine Bottles with Style : Vineyard by Pack a& Rack

I can’t think of a better way to put it, so I’ll let the manufacturer describe the Vineyard from Pack and Rack:

Why hide a beautiful thing? Wine speaks to all your senses, not least to the eye. So why then tuck away a beautiful bottle of deepest red with a label that probably has been designed by a well known artist? Show your wine – let friends and customers admire this piece of art!

It’s not the first wine of this type I’ve seen, but somehow, this one just seems to get it right. Continue Reading