The last time I visited Los Angeles I went to the Melrose Flea Market with a friend. My friend purchased a bottle that was wrapped in twine for about $10. I thought it was super cute, but I didn’t want to pay $10 for something I could definitely make on my own. (I have this thought a lot, but would I really spend the time doing it? Not likely.) The more I thought about it the more it made sense to try it out. I have a several cool empty liquor/wine bottles that I swear I’m going to put flowers in. And, I have a few empty candle cup-bottle things. You know, the ones you end up with after your Target-bought Glade or Yankee candle has died? Surely I could wrap those in twine and at least make them part of my decor. Then I thought, what if I dyed the twine so that it matches other things in my apartment. GENIUS!!!
Following instructions I found on Julep, I successfully dyed twine! It was really easy. All you need is:
- A glass cup
- Natural twine
- A lot of food coloring (I didn’t have food coloring, but I did have icing coloring and that worked well)
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
Mix them all together and let it sit for a while. The instructions say to let it sit for 10 minutes. I let mine sit for a couple hours on accident and ended up with a dark green color. The color would have probably turned out lighter if I just let it sit for the suggested 10 minutes. Ooops. I like the results though. Remove the twine from the glass, squeeze out the extra water from the twine, and let it hang dry overnight.
NOTE: be careful where you hang dry it. The shower probably makes the most sense. I’m an idiot and hung it next to my kitchen wall. There is now a streak of green going down the wall. Ugh …
Then came the part where I spiffy’d up a used candle holder. I figured some mod podge and patience would be the two main ingredients for this project. I have to give the Melrose Flea Market vendor some credit — this was more difficult than I thought it would be. I’m pretty sure I didn’t do this in the most efficient way possible, but you live and learn! Regardless, I now have a twine covered glass!