Mandyrosy e-mailed me to let me know about her awesome idea for centerpieces: it's eco-friendly, budget-minded, hand-crafted, meaningful, and memorable!
For centerpieces, I've decided to use recycled wine bottles as flower vases. I like this idea for three reasons:A Brief How-To for the Rest of Us:
- It's pretty! I love the transparent, subtle quality of glass, and I think the muted variety of colors we find in wine bottles will be perfect.
- I want to include some reused/recycled elements in the wedding and reception to reflect our values.
- My fiancé actually gave me a set of recycled wine bottle glasses (and a bottle of wine, of course!) for our first Christmas together. So it is a meaningful gesture for both of us AND he already knows how to do it!
Matt is going to be obsessed with this idea. He's been collecting glass bottles for a while now, and he even attempted something similar (although it didn't work out because he was using yarn and rubbing alcohol).
I know he had some bottle casualties last time he made them, so it probably isn't quite as easy as it sounds–but still pretty easy!
- First you score the bottle. Ryan used picture-hanging wire to score the glasses he gave me, I think just wrapping the wire around where he wanted the bottle to break and pulling back and forth.
- Then you heat the scored line over a candle, turning the bottle so it heats evenly.
- When it cracks, you dunk the bottle in cold water, and that completes the break.
- To make it safe to drink from, you have to sand the edges.
Do you have an eco-friendly, budget-minded, or hand-crafted idea to share (it doesn't have to be all three!)? Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.