Twine wrapped bottles DIY

2:03 PM

This simple DIY project is a great way to repurpose old bottles or jars into your home decor, or to store pantry staples in style in your kitchen

Let's wrap this week with a super easy and cute way to repurpose old glass bottles into pieces of home decor shall we?

If you followed my previously given advice on turning your rubbish into craft supplies, you probably hoarded collected a few (ok in my case, a lot) of glass bottles or jars that could totally transform your home decor (inexpensively I might add).

I myself went with those cute small rum and brandy bottles I kept refusing to throw in the trash in the past year or so, but any bottle will work just as well for this project. You can also pull it off with jars if bottles aren't your thing.

You'll need clean bottles or jars, a squeeze bottle or jar of Fevicol (white craft glue if you are outside India), a small bowl to pour the glue in, a small paint brush and twine in your choice of colours.

I bought a set of twine which came in an assortment of colours, which is why my twine bundles look small. If you know you are going to use only one colour, purchase a bigger bundle. You get the best effect using natural fiber twine like hemp, jute. If you can't find it in a store near you in India, there is always Amazon to the rescue.

Now, let the fun begin!

Squeeze some glue in a bowl, and with your paint brush, start coating the bottle with glue, a little bit a time.
Start wrapping your twine in the glue coated part of the bottle working your way up from the base to the neck. 
When you reach an area without glue, brush some more and keep on wrapping the twine around. 

If you want to change colour, cut the twine short, and start with a new coloured thread right next to where the previous thread ends. 

Then, let it dry completely. You are pretty much done at this point, unless...

Embellish your twine wrapped bottles with seashells or pebbles for a coastal look.

Once your bottles have dried, you can, if you wish, add some extras in the form of flowers, beads, tassels, stones, jewels or seashells.

My bottles looked a bit "coastal" so I am still experimenting with seashells. I didn't want anything too permanent at this point, I simply glued a seashell on a piece of ribbon to give one of my bottle a necklace (which can be removed).

My bottles are pretty much just decorative, but you can totally apply the technique to bottles and jars you will use to store food stuff in. 
As a kid I still remember a year when my parents got us to pick kilos of plums in an orchard, they sent the plums to a distillery to make fruit liquor. 
Then, my sister and I were put the task to decorate a few 1 litre bottles with twine and little plum felt cutouts. 
This became that year's family homemade Christmas gift for family and friends (because we can't do jam and cookies every year, or painted coasters for that matter).

I know some of my family members who kept the bottle and refilled it with less artisanal liquors over the year simply because you don't throw such a stinking cute bottle away. 

Imagine how striking a row of twine wrapped jars would look like in your kitchen...oh the possibilities!

Now I will stop rambling and it is time for you guys to get wrapping already!

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  1. Anonymous3:52 PM

    These look like milton water bottles for kids or thermos. Could they be used like thermos?


    1. Definitely not, they aren't insulated and are still highly breakable. You can use them to store fluids like oil and vinegar at home and display them nicely on your table or in your kitchen, but I would not use it to keep anything hot or cold in transit.

  2. Anonymous2:25 AM

    Cute! Love it!

  3. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Happy ganesh chaturthi, may the Lord of wisdom bless u with more creativity and remove obstacles from your life.


  4. I remember when these were popular in the 70's. We made them as crafts in school on old mayonnaise or peanut butter jars and used them as flower vases or pencil cups. Macrame was really popular then so jute or twine was available everywhere in all sorts of colors.

    1. I now remember a school project we did for Christmas one year in the early 80's. We rolled and glued twine on cardboard cutouts that our teacher would spray paint in gold, then it went on an other piece of cardboard on which a calendar was pasted. This became the Christmas gift I gave my parents that year :-)

      My grand ma was the Macrame person in the family.


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