Trying to find a good gift for a girl in college is tough. I had spent some time trying to decide what to get Maren, my brothers girlfriend, for Christmas. She is in her second year of school and recently moved to a new apartment. I was trying to think of things that I would’ve liked during that time… I remember my first apartment being pretty bare; the coffee tables were filled with dirty dishes or piles of books and the walls had random posters hung up with sticky tack. I figured this would be a fun time to try out a DIY home decor project, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out! It’s a very simple project that you can customize. Substitution ideas include using wine bottles or old mismatched vases for a unique collection of various sizes and shapes . I used jute because it was sturdy and thicker (takes less time to cover), but you could also use yarn, twine or hemp. Here are my instructions:
- 1 roll of jute (was enough to cover 5 bottles)
- empty bottles
- craft glue
- spray paint
- twigs or flower, for display
- Soak your bottles in very hot water for 30 to 60 minutes to loosen the labels on the bottles. Some will fall of easily, while others may need a final scrub to remove all of the adhesive. Dry the bottles upside down.
- Once the bottles have dried completely, begin wrapping at the bottom of the bottle.
Start by squeezing a line of glue all the way around the bottom. Begin attaching the jute to the bottom ring of glue. The first ring is the hardest because the jute will tend to slide off. Using both hands hold the first ring of jute in place for 5 minutes while it starts to dry.
- After the first ring, continue on one ring at a time for about 5 more layers. You don’t need to hold each layer for 5 minutes, but do allow about one minute for each ring. One the first few layers are holding you can begin to add an inch of glue around the bottle and wrap the jute in larger batches.
- Once you reach the neck of the bottle, repeat the
teps you took during the first 5 rings of the bottle. The jute will tend to move up at the neck, so keep it to one ring at a time and hold it in place until it begins to dry.
- When the bottle is completely covered, let it try for 2 hours, or until all the glue is clear and the jute is secure.
- Outdoors, or in a well ventilated space, spray paint your bottles with your desired color. I found that the lighter colors above did not stick as well to the jute, and so I switched to the darker colors — maroon, silver and black.
- Allow the paint to try completely before filling your vases with water. I used the twigs from a glitter branch I found at World Market to finish off my vases. It’s helpful to fill the vases with rocks if you are not using fresh flowers to hold your twig in place and to keep it sturdy.