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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Versitality of Vino

Empty wine bottles. We all have them. Some of us have more than others and some of us awesomely prefer their's from a box. Whatever the case, an empty wine bottle is an awesome home decor item waiting to have its potential unlocked by you. 

With a little DIY know-how, you can skip the recycling bin and make an even greener, not mention, FREE project that will dazzle the masses. Below, find several excellent tutorials and inspiration for some very swank vino bottle projects. 

Make your own Olive Oil bottles
via Associated Content

UPDATE - So my friend Rachel is super knowledgable and warns that this project could actually be very dangerous to your health. If you do this- use it only for decoration do NOT consume the olive oil as it could make you sick.

From the article, "Give your kitchen Italian flair by filling clean empty wine bottles with olive oil and dried herbs such as basil, rosemary, or oregano. Toss in several peppercorns, dried garlic, or chilies if you like a spicier blend. Keep a cork on the bottle and the wine bottle oil and herb blend can be kept just for decoration."

Holiday Light Bottle
via Curbly 


A fairly simple DIY Project - apparently the trick is using a specialized drill bit for drilling glass to create the hole in the bottom of the bottle. I also read on other sites that you should run over the spot you want to drill on with warm water to prevent the bottle cracking. Regardless- Gorg.  

Patio Blow Torch


 Really ingenious DIY tutorial and only requires roughly $5 in supplies. Chic and super lovely. Too bad I don't have a real porch to showcase it.

10 Uses for the Corks!
via Crafting a Green World


 So you've got the bottles covered, don't let those corks go to waste! Crafting a Green World's got a wonderful list of 10 great projects to utilize your cork collection and create something really special. Here's a few highlights:
- Cork placeholders
- Cork bulletin board
- Stamps made using corks

Now that you have the tools and ideas- go to town with your own bottles. Just be sure not to drink all the wine yourself before crafting :)


Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

These are all really great ideas. My husband made something similar to the wine bottle torches this summer with some small bottles we found. They worked great and kept the bugs at bay!

rachel said...

so, i love this post, but i have to say - putting garlic and herbs (especially garlic) into olive oil and then letting it sit is an excellent way to give yourself botulism. which obviously sucks a lot. if you're going to do that, be sure to refridgerate it (slows the growth of the toxin) and throw it away after a few days. commercially made herb and olive oil infusions contain enough acid to prevent the toxin from growing, so they're shelf-stable.

here's what the CDC has to say about it:

MsAnnieBelle said...

hahah i had no idea! good thing i didn't make any. thank you for the info rachel :)

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