I gave up tequila a few years ago, because whoa … tequila. I’m more of a bourbon drinker now. I’ve convinced myself that I end the night better when drinking bourbon. Less Vegas night club, more deep fireside chats … maybe? Whatever. I’ll still drink a margarita and not think twice. Anyway! I have a ton of really cool, empty liquor bottles. Some are from my own personal stash and some are bottles gifted by friends (they know I’m the crafty type). I was recently given a couple really neat tequila bottle to make fabulous. Here’s what I did with one of them.
At first, I tried to use the bottle as-is and stick some dried flowers in it, but it looked too plain and blah. I decided to pull out a bottle of paint, some twine, and my trusty hot glue gun. This is a super easy project and requires just a few items:
- A clean liquor bottle (wash it out and remove the label using a tutorial like this one here)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun
- Modge Podge or some other sealer (not shown below, oops)
First, apply the twine to the top of the bottle. You’ll start right underneath the bottle’s mouth. Apply a dot of glue right underneath the bottle’s mouth and quickly apply the end of the twine. Hold it in place for about a minute until the glue cools and dries. Now wrap the twine down the bottle pulling the twine a little to create some tension until you think you’ve covered enough of the bottle. Once you’ve gotten far enough, cut the twine, add another dab of hot glue, and finish it off.
Now, crack open your bottle of paint and paint two clean coats on the very bottom of the bottle. Be sure to let each coat dry before applying another coat. I used black paint, but you can use any color. Neutral colors compliment the tan twine well, so I stuck with black. A gold, brown, olive green, navy blue, or burgundy would work well too. If you like to think more outside-of-the box, try any color you want!
Once your two coats of paint have dried, seal the bottom of the bottle with sealer such as Modge Podge. That’ll help prevent the paint from cracking off of the bottle. Paint will chip off of the bottle over time since it’ll be rubbing against table or counter tops, but sealing the bottom will really help minimize that.
I lack patience while crafting. I hate waiting for paint to dry because I want to use the thing NOW! So it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve destroyed many projects this way — leaving the house before my nail polish dried, ripping off painter’s tape before the paint dried, going out in winter before my hair has dried. Yeah, it’s a weakness, but I work with it. So, I bought a little fan from Amazon! I use it when I paint my nails, but it comes in VERY handy for craft projects, too. I highly recommend one.
So that’s it! Once it’s all dry stick some flowers, or pebbles, or marbles, or shells in it and tell your friends you bought it at Crate and Barrel. Actually, no, tell them you made it!