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Hello! Jeanette Lee here with another installment of Crate DIY. To me, being a scrapbooker grants the opportunity to think creatively, get my hands 'dirty' and immerse myself in the goodness of playing with papers and products. Personally, I find it very satisfying, but more than that, nothing beats the elated look on a person's face when he/she has received a handmade project from you.
Recently, my sister renovated her old house and with the onset of moving out temporarily and latter running into some construction issues, I could sense her frustration and disappointment. When it was finally time for her to move back home, I wanted to surprise her with a house warming present from me.
Her newly renovated house was simply beautiful, a place where modern meets vintage. With cemented floors, wooden furniture, funky ceiling tiles and bold colors, I knew that making some DIY home decor bottles would be perfect for her vintage wooden rack that she owned.
Recycled Glass Bottles
Old Vintage Book
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Assortment of Buttons
Crate's DIY Ephemera Pack
I collected these glass bottles from my friend's wedding reception and decided to reuse them. First, I cleansed them with soap and left them out in the open to dry. To fill the bottles up, I used my punch and started punching out butterflies from the pages of an old book. Once I reached a good amount, I began filling the bottles. A tip to save time on punching would be to scrunch your punch outs to create volume and bulk. This gives the illusion that the bottle is filled and makes your punch outs look less uniform and flat.
Next, tie each end of the bottle with brown string. I double knotted each end to ensure that they were sturdy enough to be carried. Reason being is because I wanted to allow my sister to have the liberty to hang these bottles up if needed and even if they weren't used this way, the brown strings still add a rustic, textured flare.
Then, it was time to create my paper doilies' sticks for the bottles. I glued the doillies onto sticks and used embellishments from the Crate DIY Ephemera Pack to create more interest and depth. For cohesiveness, I found vintage elements such as the gold tag, the thread holder card and phrase stickers that suited the overall theme of the house.
In order not to overpower the main highlight of the decoration (doilies), I created other simpler and subtle elements such as washi tape banners and heart die-cut sticks. For the hearts', I die-cut them from patterned papers and placed a button on each one to complete the look.
As for the banners, I used washi strips from Crate Paper's 12 x 12 Washi Tape Sheets. Simply Cut a notch in the center of the washi tape and snip off the two ends at a diagonal. Then, I placed these banners at random in the bottles. I just love how these banners are easy to make and yet, help to add more decorative weight to the bottles.
Phew! I hope you're still with me. That's a wrap! The next time you have a chance, do alter and make home decor items for your special home or for a loved one. The efforts put forth would definitely be appreciated by the people around you. After all, who wouldn't rejoice to receive such a present? (I know I would) Have a great day ahead!