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Mar042011

DIY Project: Wine Bottle Candles

Okay, this DIY Project is for all of you DIY-impaired folks out there! It's the simplest, easiest centerpiece idea EVER. And it creates such a gorgeous look-- perfect for a vineyard wedding-- that you'll feel pretty darn good about doing it yourself.

1. First, we have to assemble the materials: Clear wine bottles and taper candles. Depending on the size of your tables, you will need between 10 and 15 bottles per table-- which is a lot. You can get these by asking friends and family to save their white wine bottles for you. Or, try asking a wine shop if you can help dispose of their empties for them. The other thing you need to pick up is long taper candles. Be aware that dripless candles will be cleaner and eliminate any accidental drips onto your table cloth. However, candles that drip down onto the bottle will help to create an intimate and vintage feel. You also have the option of picking up some spray paint if you want to add a pop of color to your bottles. 

2. The next step is to get all of those labels off of your bottles. Do this by filling your bathtub with warm water and a bit of dish soap. Add your bottles and let them soak for a few hours. Most labels should fall right off but the stubborn ones can be removed with a scrubby sponge, nail brush, or spatula. Finish the bottles with a Windex wipe to get the last remnants of the label off. 

3. (Optional) If you would like to paint your bottles, first make sure they are clean and dry. Then, in a well-ventilated area, apply the spray paint from about 14-inches away, slowly moving around the bottle so you get an even coat. Repeat if desired. Let the bottles dry for 24 hours.

4. The last step is just to pop those tapered candles into the top of the wine bottles. You may have to twist the candles in to get them safely stuck into the bottles. For visual depth, you can cut the bottoms of the candles so that they are different lengths. And voila-- you have a gorgeous centerpiece that bring simple sophistication to your wedding!

 

 

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Reader Comments (1)

I'm doing something very similar for my wedding next month. We're using wine, beer, coke - glass bottles of different heights - and spray painting them black with ivory tapers. I'm so excited about how it's going to look! :)
September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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