Friday, July 13, 2012
Beer Bottle Garland - Outdoor Party Decor
I really like glass bottles. I think it's the way they feel when you hold them. They feel more solid and more special than plastic bottles or aluminum cans. So whenever I have a get-together, I buy beer and soft drinks in glass bottles. After my Destination Truth party I had a few days ago, I had a lot of empty bottles sitting around. I'm a huge fan of saving money and using resources wisely, so I wanted to make something fun out of the empty bottles. This DIY is super quick, easy, inexpensive, and fun!
glass bottles, 5 or 6
fabric scraps cut into one inch strips, various lengths
Take a spool of floral wire and pull out a one-foot length. Attach a beer bottle by wrapping it TIGHTLY right under the lip of the bottle, and twisting like a twistie-tie on a bag of bread. Attach more bottles at one-foot increments. I used IBC Root Beer bottles because they didn't have any pesky labels to fight with! *halleluiah*
Wrap a string of Christmas lights around the wire. This doesn't have to be tight. Cut fabric scraps into roughly one inch strips. For each tassel, I used three strips of poly-satin chifon and three strips of glittery organza. (left-over scraps from my friend's wedding last summer)
To make the tassels, hold the strips in one hand as a bundle, and drape them over the wire, letting two little "tails" hang down with a loop on top. Read through the look and pull the tails up and through the loop, wrapping it around the garland. (In my picture, I did it with one, to make it easier to see. To make a fluffy tassel, hold the strips all together and do it with the whole bundle at once.)
Aaand that's really all you do! Wrap the ends around a fence post and plug in the lights. I didn't have enough fresh flowers growing in my yard, so I used fake ones here. You decide which ones you want to use. This is a really nice touch to add to any barbeque or garden party, since you can easily coordinate the colors to go with your own ideas! Enjoy!