This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!
So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!
After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!
AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?
So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go! A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.
With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal? I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower. Fill the bottles with colored water. For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece. For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table. For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles. The possibilities are endless! You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.
B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.
- Wine charm rings
- Wire loop earrings
- Memory wire
- Small round beads
- Seed beads
- Old or broken jewelry: beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
- Jump rings
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Round tip pliers (optinal)
- Small bottles & vases
Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!