Monday, January 15, 2018

Upcycle a Wine Bottle For a Decorative Look Using Hot Glue

Welcome to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop! I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop on the 2nd Monday of each month. We're running a bit behind this month because of the holidays and posting a week later. For January, the challenge is to upcycle cans, glass or plastic. And all of us can relate to repurposing anyone of these items from time to time!

I love recycling wine bottles and have been known to rescue them out of other people's trash! Lol!

My easy to follow tutorial shows you how to upcycle a wine bottle by creating the look of melted candle wax over a wintry scene using hot glue, mod podge, and a paper napkin. I think the end results are quite lovely! The warm, decorative design adds a whole lot of charm to anyone's décor during the winter months!

For this project, I used:
Wine bottle
Multi-surface acrylic craft paint
Sponge brush/paint brush
Mod podge
Paper napkin
Plastic wrap
Hot glue/ glue sticks
LED Votive Candle - 1 3/4" tall

Let's begin by wiping the wine bottle with alcohol to remove any oils and dirt that may still be there after removing the labels and washing with soap and water.  Next, using a sponge, paint multi-surface white acrylic  craft paint over the bottle and let dry.
Next, separate the top printed layer of the napkin paper from the rest Then arrange how you want the design of the napkin over the lower portion of the wine bottle.

 Then, paint a layer of mod podge over that area.

Carefully lay the napkin down on top of the mod podge, using plastic wrap to smooth and remove any wrinkles. Fill in with more mod podge and napkins to cover bottom of bottle and use the plastic wrap to smooth everything out. Let dry.

Once dry, add another coat of mod podge over the napkin to seal.

Let dry completely.
Then dab on multi-surface acrylic paint with a sponge brush
over the napkin edges to help hide the line edges. Let dry.
Next, apply vertical rows of hot glue beginning around the top of the bottle and let the hot glue drippings run down slightly past the top edge of the napkin. 

 Allow the hot glue drips to dry before filling in more over and between the first  row drips. Be sure to stagger the lengths of the hot glue drips.

Add an LED votive candle on top of the bottle opening and run drips of hot glue around the sides to attach.

Once the glue has completely dried and is no longer warm, pry open the LED votive candle with your hands, moving it side ways to be able to turn on the light underneath. Do not remove completely and replace the votive candle back intact to bottle.

And finally, add dabs of white acrylic paint over the dried hot glue drips to add texture and dimension to the look.

 Topped with a simple white LED votive candle and drips of faux hot wax, this upcycle wine bottle not only looks elegant, it provides mood lighting with the LED candle's soft glow. 
Don't you just love this look!

Please visit my co-hosts to check out their creative upcycle projects.

And don't forget to come back next month on February 12th when we share our Family Recipes!
Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

No Sew Fleece Bow Ear Warmer

Brrr, baby it's cold outside! Stay warm by making this easy no-sew fleece bow ear warmer to wear outside on bitterly cold days!

Hey everybody! I'm over on Bowdabrablog sharing a brand new tutorial on making this adorable no-sew fleece bow ear warmer! Stop by to see how easy it is to make with just fleece, glue, scissors and of course, your Bowdabra!

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Faux Birch Bark Candleholders for Winter Decor

Bring a touch of the popular birch bark wood indoors using faux birch bark paper! Say what? Yes! I found embossed birch bark wrapping paper on clearance at Pier1 and immediately thought of wrapping it around glass candleholders I found at the dollar store.

It's perfect to use anytime, especially just after Christmas when most of us are looking for winter décor to replace the holiday trimmings we just put away. If you can't find it at Pier1, Amazon has it,too!

Real birch bark is rather thick, so to make the covering a bit more realistic, I first measured a piece of white foam sheet around the length and width of the glass candleholder and .  .  .
then glued the foam using cement glue onto the paper, let dry and cut it out.

Doesn't it look realistic?

Next, it was time to glue it onto the glass container and the easiest and quickest way to do that was to use hot glue on the long edges, holding in place for a few seconds until dry.
 I rubbed acrylic paint on the edges of the white foam to help make it look like bark.
What a simple winter craft project!
Now to find the perfect spot to display!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Crafts for 2017

Hi everyone! It's that time of year when we look back to see what projects were among the most popular and do a round-up of the favorites.
I've always tried to create projects that are inexpensive and easy to make. Most were repurposed, recycled, upcycled, projects that highlighted using everyday items like bottles, ribbon, paper, wire, natural fibers and even hot glue.

Here's a look back at the favorites or most viewed starting with #10. I hope you are inspired to try a few! Please click on each link for the full easy to follow tutorial:

# 9 - Dollar Store Fall Leaf Handcrafted Pumpkin

#8 - Decorative Ribbon Easter Egg DIY

#7 - Hot Glue Shamrock Brooches

#6 - Searching for Treats - A Bunny Butt Craft

#2 - Decorate a Thrift Store Find with DIY Wire Flowers

#1 - Large Decorative Borax Crystals

As we say goodbye to 2017, I would like to thank each and everyone of you in this wonderful blogging community for your interest, encouragement and support in my crafting adventures.  I appreciate all of you and wish you the very best in the coming year! Have a great 2018! It's going to be amazing!

Thank You!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year's Eve Festive Bow Centerpiece

Having a New Year's Eve Bash this year? How about creating a festive bow centerpiece for that special occasion?  Arrange a bouquet of bows made with your Bowdabra on top of a cake stand and fill in with the new year's numbers!  Wow your guests with this lovely bow centerpiece decoration!

Please check out my full tutorial here on Bowdabrablog where I'm on the design team.

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Holiday Crafting!