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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…