With school starting around the corner, I figure most of us with kids are a little short on time… But this project is so quick and easy, it won’t even make a dent in your schedule. You might even convince your kids to do it with you – a little quality family time before they’re off to school. All you need are some old bottles, jute twine, hot glue, and a little creativity. 😉
I chose to go light and simple with my home this summer (you can tour it here if you missed it), and since nautical accents always seem appropriate in these warm summer months, this textured jute twine seemed the perfect neutral compliment.
I wanted a little variety in my bottles, so I made three different designs. I’ll show you how I did mine, but you can certainly create yours however you please!
#1: The basic wrap
To start this, I wrapped the twine around the bottle with the end slightly higher than the rest (see the picture below) and put a bead of hot glue along the top edge of the twine. This keeps the glue from squirting out the bottom and looking ugly (your next row will cover up that bead); it also allows you to cover up the end of the twine as you continue to wrap upwards. I used a bead of hot glue above every other line – I wanted it to be secure, but I didn’t want too much glue to show.
Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll want to hide the other end of your twine. To do that, do not secure your topmost row of twine until the end is tucked securely underneath; then add the hot glue and press down your top row (see below – and ignore my poor little broken thumbnail 😉 ).
#2: The twisted wrap
I wanted to create even more texture on this bottle, so I began by tying it at the bottom of the bottle neck.
I then wrapped the twine around to the opposite side of the bottle and tied it again there. Then back to the front… and so on… At the top, I hid the ends before hot gluing the final row into place.
#3: The braided knot
This one took the most time, but I think it turned out to be the most interesting. I was actually inspired by the way the twine was wrapped on the actual spool before I began using it. I started by gluing the end in the middle of the bottleneck and wrapping the twine in a figure 8 – first up around the top of the bottle neck, then down around the lower part – covering the end of the twine in the process.
I had to get creative to make the twine fully cover the bottleneck, but by twisting that figure 8 over and over again, I was able to cover the neck and create a very cool knot-looking structure on the front.
This really was amazingly easy; it only took me about 15 minutes for all three! I used empty bottles that were special to me (Bordeaux and Sancerre to remind me of the two years we lived in France and one from the Texas Wine Country that we bought on a trip there for our anniversary) and jute I already had on hand. I am thinking I might eventually fill them with sand and use them as bookends – wouldn’t that be cool?!?! But for now, I have the three sitting in my DIY weathered wood box… just to look pretty.
And these twine wrapped bottles do, don’t they? 😉