Please forgive the belatedness of this post (and probably some others that follow), but I fell off the blogging wagon a while ago, and then a lot of should-be posts piled up and things like job hunting and naps just got in the way. But I’m catching up now.
I wanted to share a DIY project I completed for my grad party in early June. I got the idea from Pinterest, naturally, and since my party was going to be held at an outdoor pavilion, I wanted the decorating scheme to be simple and nature-inspired. I settled on fresh-cut flowers in a variety of glass bottles that I would display around the gazebo.
About a week before my party, the night before recycling pickup, my mom and I went bottle hunting just as it was beginning to get dark. It was just as sketchy as it sounds. We drove around a bunch of streets in my neighborhood scouring for as many different kinds/colors/shapes/sizes of glass bottles that we could find. Wine bottles, beer bottles, applesauce containers, mustard jars, even an old-fashioned milk jug. We collected around 60 in nearly two hours. It took us a little longer to a) get a wide selection and b) avoid passers-by who might have thought it weird that we were looking into people’s bins. I never actually dug around inside the containers, rather just looked on top, but it was sketchy nonetheless.
Finally I had my collection.
The second step was to remove all of the labels. And let me tell you this was not a fun step. I soaked the bottles for a few days and most of the labels I still had to scrape off using a razor blade and Goo Gone. If you ever attempt something like this in the future, stick to Pellegrino bottles. The labels on those suckers slide right off.
The hard part being over, all that was left was to buy the flowers and set up the display come party day.
I can be pretty crafty when I wanna be.