Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Engagement Party Centerpieces (Glittered Wine Bottles)

If you remember, I was completely flipping out over centerpieces. I couldn't think of an idea and spent countless hours on Pinterest, pinning things in hopes one would catch my eye.

My mom kept suggesting balloons and I kept shrugging them off. This wasn't a birthday party. This was something classy, something unique, something that needed more than heart-shaped balloons floating in the air.

Plus, I had a red theme going. My favors (the heart-shaped chocolates and the personalized peppermint patties) both had red. My dress was red.

The centerpieces had to be red.

My friend found a great idea of glittered wine bottles online so, on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest party night of the year, I was home decorating wine bottles.

glittered wine bottles

The centerpieces came out absolutely perfectly and were just what I wanted. A bit of class, a bit of homemade that didn't seem homemade, and under $20 for ten.

Glittered Wine Bottles


glittered wine bottles

What You'll Need:
What You'll Do:


To start, you need wine bottles. I used a combination of red wine and white wine. And a blue Pinnacle vodka bottle because I got desperate. It actually worked well that way. There were green wine bottles for the tables that Pete's dad needed to set aside, a clear wine bottle with red glitter was for our table, and the other wine bottles were tables that were up for grabs.

glittered wine bottles

Take the labels off the wine bottles. To do so, I ran them under hot water and scrubbed with steel wool. It didn't ruin the wine bottles just rubbed off the label.

glittered wine bottles

Take masking tape and wrap it around the top of the bottle. Try to be as straight as possible, but if you're not, it's okay. A little bit of character will do the bottle good.

glittered wine bottles

You're going to need some Mod Podge for the next step. You can buy it in Michael's for $8.99 (less if you use the 40% off coupon) or you can order Modge podge on Amazon.

glittered wine bottles

Cover the entire wine bottle in Mod Podge. I used long thin streaks, but it really doesn't matter. The Mod Podge will dry clear so even it is it uneven or blotchy, it will be fine when it dries. Trust me. I was using the "blot on as much as possible" method when I started and the next day, I couldn't tell the difference in techniques.
glittered wine bottles

Hold the wine bottle over a plate and pour the glitter on it. This is the best technique I found. I tried rolling it, I tried being stingy with the glitter. Nothing worked as well as getting messy and generous with the glitter. I bought a 4oz. glitter bottle and it was enough for nine bottles. The 10th was in red, not white, so that worked out for me.


glittered wine bottles

When you're done, peel off the masking tape. I'd advise you do this over the plate since some excess glitter will fall -- and it's a pain in the rear to clean it up.

glittered wine bottles

Ta-da!

You can use some wire cutters or a knife to cut the label off the top of the bottle, but at this point, you probably don't care and will just leave it.

glittered wine bottles

Like I said, I made one red wine bottle, the rest white, and left them to dry overnight.

My mom made a little bit of curled ribbon to come out the top to act like an overflowing bottle of champagne. We placed them on a tray in the middle of the table and surrounded them with the actual favors that my mom sewed.

They fit my criteria (cheap, disposable, and color coordinated to my theme) and everyone loved them. Success.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What do you think of these gl?

10 comments:

  1. Those are super cute!! I Love them much more than the expandable hearts idea ;)

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  2. I'm not good at arts and crafts but i can totally see myself doing this! they are so pretty.

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  3. Oooh any excuse for more sparkly. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Nifty Thrifty Sunday.

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  4. Those are so pretty! Visiting from Throw Back Thursday, and totally pinning theis tutorial. :)

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  5. LOVE these glittery bottles - what a fabulous and simple idea!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  6. Such a gorgeous centerpiece. The tables must have been so lovely. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  7. Wow, those came out really pretty. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with Throwback Thursday Blog Style. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

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  8. I like them! It is fun going back this far in your journey!

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  9. An idea for anyone making these - or anything out of recycled glass bottles for that matter.... To get the labels to come off easily without all that scrubbing, spray WD-40 or Goo-Gone/Goof Off on them and let it soak through the label, the labels wipe off much easier, and it's pretty easy to get the sticky off, you might need to scrub a little, but not nearly as much... Then just wash them thoroughly with dish soap to get the residue from the WD-40 off.

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