Pinterest Inspired Failures

Leading up to Christmas I kept talking about this one last project I wanted to get done and how awesome it would be. Well I got it done (kinda) and it was not awesome. This pin was my inspiration (originally from The Pampered Kitchen blog, which no longer exists): 

How pretty is that?! And not long after I pinned this a friend gave me a bunch of wine bottles that she had been using for decoration, but was moving and no longer wanted. 4 of the bottles were green, but one of them was clear. 

At first I was going to throw out the clear one, then Jesse said “too bad you cant make it red for Christmas.” You mean like this pin? (originally from Craftberry Bush): 

And so we begin fail #1 – Dying a glass bottle red. (Sorry I forgot to take a before picture of the clear bottle, but since I tried this multiple times I did get some process pictures).

First, I mixed together Mod Podge, water and red food coloring. 

The blog called for 1:3:1.5 ratios, but after three attempts I upped it to 1 tbsp of Mod Podge, 10 drops of food coloring and just a squirt of water. 

She also painted her jars, but said you could pour the mixture inside and coat the jar, or bottle, that way. I tried the latter method and it seemed to work great! I then turned the bottle upside down to let it drain and dry. 

After 3 tries, this was my result: 

It’s not the worst, but it’s not the best. And it has lines and drips, so I just scrapped the idea of having a red bottle all together and moved on to the real project, the wine bottle lights!

By the way, this bottle is my favorite because of the R at the top! 🙂 

After doing a bunch of research on how to drill a hole in glass (to create an opening to push the lights inside) and buying the proper equipment (basically all we needed was masking tape and a 1/2″ glass and tile drill bit) Jesse and I got to work.

We started by taping the bottoms of the bottles, where we would be doing the drilling. The tape would help keep the glass from shattering and if it did shatter, less pieces would go flying. 

I marked exactly where I wanted the holes to be with X’s so Jesse would know where to drill. 

Once everything was taped up, Jesse began drilling! (This project was deemed “man’s work” and unsafe for a “cute, little wife” so I watched and took pictures.) Notice the gloves, long sleeves and towels for extra padding! He is also wearing safety glasses. This was extremely dangerous and he did get quite a few bits of glass in his exposed skin!

It actually took about 20 minutes to drill the first bottle and we were very happy that the bottle did not shatter. 

After I thoroughly washed out the bottle, I removed the tape and realized that #1 – the hole was too small to fit in lights and #2 – there were a bunch of cracks around the hole that prevented us from drilling again. Boo! 

I haven’t given up completely though! Jesse thinks he can rig some small LEDs to a watch battery that we can put through the top of the bottles. I’ll keep you posted on what happens with that!

Have you had any DIY fails lately? Please share them with me so I feel a little better about myself! 😉 

Oh! And thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement on the house! The seller’s counter-offer was the same as his asking price, so we upped our counter-offer by $2,500 and knocked $500 off the closing costs to show him that we’ll haggle with closing costs. Now it’s up to him…

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  1. I’m sorry to hear that your project didn’t go as smoothly as you wanted it to. I can’t even imagine how hard it is to drill through glass, especially on your first try! I’m sure you guys will figure out a way to make your pinspiration come to life! 🙂

    And my fingers are crossed that the seller comes to his/her senses and accepts your counter!!!!

  2. I wonder if it would work if you took a small half round file and some sandpaper to the hole. That way you could slowly work the hole wider as well as clean it up a bit so that it wasn’t sharp. It might still be too much stress, but who knows? I think we have a bunch of bottles, including some blue ones, that we were going to decorate with at our wedding but never did. I might have to look into some wine bottle themed projects.

    1. That could work! I think we are going to try the LED drop-ins first, but we’ll see. I really love the way the light looks inside of the glass, so I want to keep trying!

      1. Another thought: you could cut the bottoms off of the bottles and set them in something or attach them to some other base entirely. Like in a dish with a lip that would hide the bottom or a carved or engraved base made from wood or metal, or, or… or maybe I’m getting a little carried away…

  3. Gosh! Don’t you hate it when things don’t work out perfectly the first time? Lord knows I’ve had my share of Pinterest fails. I say keep trying, because those are lovely, and maybe you can share with the rest of us how to do it… 😉 Happy New Year!!

  4. After you showed that wine bottle with the lights in it, I tried to search for it too! I really love it, but like you said, it no longer exists, so I gave up on the idea of trying to make it. I was upset, but after seeing how difficult it was to make…. I guess I’m glad I didn’t give it a try!!! Hopefully it works out with the LEDs!

    Good luck with the house!
    Happy New Year!!
    Best blogging wishes for 2012!!!

  5. Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try both of those projects! I thought it seemed to good to be true to color glass bottles. I haven’t tried it yet, but I hope to soon. And I’m so glad you tried drilling a hole in the bottle, I’ve been dying to try that but was too chicken! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This reminds me of when I tried to make burlap rosette flowers. I ended up with horrible “flowers” and covered in hot glue. Hahah. Bravo to your for cutting glass – I’d be wayyy too scared!

    I just saw that you updated on the house too – good luck!! The sellers of our home didn’t come down at first too but we kept resubmitting our original offer until they finally budged.

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