Fall season is widely associated with an abundance of color, joy and a celebration of the bounty seen in nature. It is a time for counting our blessings, for inner reflection and for appreciating the ever changing seasons.
Bring this joy and festive feeling into your home with this craft. By using some of the traditional colors and symbols associated with fall, this unique craft will speak to your heart. The bronze undertone used will add some warmth, while the red and yellow will brighten up your living space. Made from an upcycled liquor bottle, the craft is a thrift way of making small changes to your home décor. Displayed with some dried twigs, it is the perfect way to honor the beauty of the season.
The completed decoration will also be fitting as part of the centerpiece for a fall themed wedding, or can be used to decorate a Thanksgiving table. The type and size of bottle used can be adjusted to add a personal touch to the craft.
So, without further ado, grab that empty liquor bottle and start making this lovely fall decoration!
clear glass flask shaped liquor bottle
2″ wide natural Hessian (burlap) ribbon
seven small red skeleton leaves
five small paper sunflowers
five small faux raspberries
Dala bronze antique rub
bronze ink glimmer mist
quick-drying matt spray varnish
hot glue gun and glue sticks
small foam sponge ~ use ones that was in a medicine bottle
small plastic bowl and spoon
newspaper to protect the working area
Instructions for making the project:
1. Remove the label, wash the bottle and allow to dry upside down overnight. Tip: If necessary, use mineral turpentine to remove any glue residue from where the label was stuck.
2. In the plastic bowl, mix some Modge Podge and antique rub. Do not be too concerned if there are small lumps of antique rub in the mixture, as the lumps will be smoothed out when applying the mixture with a paintbrush.
3. Use the paintbrush and add a coat of the Modge Podge mixture to the outside of the bottle. Do not paint the base of the bottle, but make sure that you paint all the way up to the top lip of the bottle. Allow to dry thoroughly.
4. Use the sponge to lightly dab ink glimmer mist on certain areas of the bottle to add a slightly darker hue to those areas. This gives the bottle an aged look. Allow to dry thoroughly.
5. Put the bottle upright on a piece of newspaper and apply a coat of varnish. Remember to work in a well ventilated area when using the varnish. Allow to dry thoroughly.
6. Make a bow with the burlap ribbon and hot glue it to the bottle. Do not apply the glue directly to the bottle, but add it to the back of the bow, so that the paint won’t be damaged.