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Reclaimed Wood Wine Bottle Vase Trio

Salvage Wood Wine Bottle Wall Vase Trio

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 Reclaimed wood and recycled bottles combine with inexpensive copper hardware for this rustic, ecofriendly wall vase set.  Make it in under an hour with just a few dollars for hardware!  This is perfect inexpensive wall decor, and makes a great, unique handmade gift for the holidays.

MATERIALS

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-Scrap wood cut to desired width (The board I had was 25 inches, so I went with that.  Use any number of wine bottles, and cut your wood the appropriate length for that number.)

-Drill

-1 inch copper bell hanger kit (available in plumbing section of most hardware stores for less than $2 each)

-Picture hanging hardware

-Wine bottles (clean and remove labels if desired as described in Techniques)

 DIRECTIONS

 1.  Paint, stain or decoupage your wood any way you like.  I left mine as I found it since it had the weathered look I love.  Same goes for the bottles.  Paint or decorate them to fit your decor or occasion.

Measure for holes

2.  Measure and mark placement of your bottles, leaving even spacing between each and centering them on the board.  Yay math!

Drill hole for clamps

3.  Drill a pilot hole with a drill bit just smaller in diameter than your screw.  If you aren’t using a drill, use a hammer and nail to make a pilot hole.

Wine bottle wall hanging

4. Attach bell hanger using the screw that came in your kit and a drill or screwdriver.

How to make a reclaimed wood wall hanging

5.  Attach a loop for hanging on each side.

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6.  Place on wall and add wine bottles.  Time to head to the farmer’s market for some fresh flowers!

Recycle Wine Bottles into Inexpensive Wall Decor with Reclaimed Wood @savedbyloves

DIY Upcycle Liquor Bottle to Mercury Glass Lamp

How to make Mercury Glass

Get the look of expensive mercury glass with a can of spray paint and some Epson salt!  This simple project takes a genie lamp shaped liquor bottle to an elegant mercury glass lamp for way less than the purchase price you see in stores.

Mercury Glass Lamp Tutorial

MATERIALS

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-Glass Bottle of your choice

-Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

-Krylon Spray Adhesive Remover

-Epson Salt

-Kraft paper, plastic or other work surface protector

-Drill and 1/2 inch Diamond Hole Drill Bit

-Lint free towel and rubbing alcohol

-Dust mask

-Protective Gloves

-Protective Eyewear

-Container of water with a a soaked towel or rag

-Bottle Lamp Kit

-Lamp Shade

-Light Bulb

DIRECTIONS

 

1.  Clean bottle and remove labels; to do this, soak bottles in hot, soapy water and remove labels.  Rubbing alcohol in a lint free cloth will remove residual adhesive.  My personal favorite technique is Krylon Adhesive Remover.

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2.  Drill a hole where you want the cord to exit the lamp, in the back near the base.  For that technique, see my previous tutorial:  How to Make a Lamp From a Glass Bottle. Follow safety precautions!

3.  Clean away debris from drilling, dry bottle with a lint free cloth and tape over the hole you just drilled.  You will see why!

4. Pour Epson salt into bottle so that to about one inch from the bottom.  If your bottle is smaller, you can use less.  It is not important to be exact here.

5.  In a well ventilated area with protected work surface, spray looking glass paint into mouth of bottle.  Make sure to follow instructions on label.  You want to shake the can vigourously before using.  If your bottle mouth is small in diameter like this genie bottle, you will have paint pooling in one spot and running down the neck.  That is fine.

6.  Shake the bottle like a snow globe, so that the salt grabs the paint and drags it around.  This will create the mercury glass look.

7.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 a few more times, allowing each coat to dry for about 5 minutes before applying the next.  Stop when are happy with the look.

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8.  Follow instructions on your lamp kit to assemble.  The one used here was super simple to and cost $6.

9.  Use a thrift store or new lampshade to fit your décor.

EXTRA TIPS

○ The salt will stick to the wall of the bottle in spots, giving a lovely crystal effect.  You can pour as little or as much of the salt out as you want after painting.

Use this technique for recycled glass bottle vases, votive holders, wind chimes and more.  Keep in mind this only works when the sprayed surface is inside.

Easy Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

Easy Avocade Egg Salad Recipe  

Avocados not only taste great, but are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.  They help lower bad cholesterol, elevate good cholesterol and can be used in place of butter in your favorite recipes to cut back on saturated fats. Today I am sharing a yummy, quick and easy recipe for avocado egg salad.  Serve up something a little different  at your next get together.  The potato salad won't be missed!

INGREDIENTS:

(SERVES 8)

2 avocados

2 lemons

1 medium sized red onion

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup toasted walnuts

10 hardboiled eggs, peeled

Salt and pepper to taste

Side dish recipes

DIRECTIONS:

Stir together in a large mixing bowl:  Juice from 2 lemons, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tbsp water.  Mash in with fork the yoke from 2 hard boiled eggs.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 8 chopped hard boiled eggs , 2 chopped avocados and 1/2 cup red onions chopped.  Stir until well coated and serve over tomato slices.

Top with 1/2 cup toasted walnuts.

Enjoy!