Give a new life to glass bottles or jars

vickylass By vickylass, 17th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These glass bottles or jars that once contained tomato puree or marmalade could make attractive items for the house if they're decorated finely. Read to know how.

Give a new life to glass bottles and jars

Looking at such a bottle, I think of what an attractive lamp, would make for a living room or a bedroom. It's easy enough, but as with all creative work and crafts requires patience and consistent work One should be able to undo it if isn't as a pattern or our idea shows us.
What we'll need to make this lamp
_ Obviously a glass bottle that for one reason or another has appealed to us.
_ Electrical wire and a collar for a bulb.
_ A lamp metal frame.
_ Colourful raffia to cover the lamp frame.
First of all, you'll need a glass worker to make a small hole on the bottom of the bottle to be able to pass the electrical wire through it up to the bottle neck where you'll have to place the collar and the bulb.
Choose a suitable coloured raffia to work on the lamp frame. To do it, you'll tie one of the ends of the raffia on the frame to start covering the frame, passing the thread on one side and another until the whole of the frame is fully covered. In the end, you'll have to tie your last end of the material with the first one at the start.
If you wish to make it on two or three colours, it'll take you a bit more of work as you'll have to change colours as you go round the frame, say, first a yellow one. Then, to change into a green one and so on.
The bulb collar has to be well fitted with the wire and on top of the bottle to be able to hold a bulb and its lamp shade.
As I say it's easy enough to make one of these lamps, but it requires patience and an a certain ability for crafts. If one isn't very good on electrical work, one may need some help from an electrician to fit in the collar and the bulb. But if you keep at it, you'll soon be able to make attractive lamps with any bottle that appeals to you.
Glass pots and jars
As we know these pots or jars come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Some of them are really beautiful. They're so beautiful that one doesn't want to discard them into the container. One keeps them for another use, but one also thinks that if one decorates them, these pots and jars that once contained tomato puree or marmalade can have a new life as attractive items for aromatic herbs or spices, rice, legumes or they can even used as drinking glasses or for bathroom items, if the size is an appropriate one and they're finely decorated.
Say, one wants to decorate a small glass jar to keep bay leaves. One can try to draw a bay leave and its name. It's up to one's imagination and, again, ability for crafts.
To do this, we'll need two or three brushes of different thickness, a pencil and a drawing pad to sketch our designs and plastic paint of as many colours as we wish or need and turpentine to clean your hands.

It's nothing like some craft work to keep us focused and entertained and after we've finished our work, we'll feel proud of ourselves that we did it.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. February 17th 2015.


Ability, Drinking Glasses, Herbs, Imagination, Lamps, Patience

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author avatar ORourkeDesigns
17th Feb 2015 (#)

Wonderful I love this I used it all of time they also make wonderful gifts which is better then throwing them away.

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author avatar vickylass
17th Feb 2015 (#)

You're dead right and it isn't just to save some money, but every sensitive person will love something that has made especially for them.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Feb 2015 (#)

Yes ago we bought a glass cutter with the intention of making some glass bottle lamps but it never happened

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author avatar ORourkeDesigns
17th Feb 2015 (#)

Mark did you know that you don't need any Glass cutters to cut the glass. Look on the net you can cut it with items that you may already have at home. One of them is nail polish remover... I know I can't remember the rest but look it up...

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author avatar Ken5-89
18th Feb 2015 (#)

I hope your DYI activities go well.

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