Thursday, June 4, 2009

Beachy Bottles -- You Can Fake It Too!

Since I know everyone in blogland LOVES a good "fake-it-on-the-cheap" project,
y'all are just going to go gaga over this one!

Summertime Faux-Soldered Beachy Bottles


I'm sure somewhere you've seen a version of these pretty shells soldered on a vintage bottle.
The pic below is from Wisteria, and a set of 3 bottles (you don't know what bottle or shell you're gonna get) costs a whopping $149.00.

Love the look, don't love the price.
Can you relate?

{above picture: wisteria.com}


So, I decided to try out a version of this for myself using what I had on hand!

Here's my version below:


If you're like me (or most of us!) & can't solder, but can wield a hot glue gun.... then this easy project is for you! :)

Here's what you'll need:

Vintage Bottles of Any Kind
Collected Shells & Starfish
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun


Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezey Instructions:
Hot glue shell to top of (or just inside lip of) your bottle.
Don't worry about it being perfect, the hot glue is just gonna get covered up soon anyway!

Cut a length of your jute twine and wrap it around the lip of the bottle, hot gluing as you go.
Keep wrapping & gluing up toward the base of the shell. Glue and wrap till you meet the base of the shell, trying to cover any left over gaps on the top of the bottle, and then finish twine off in the back side.

Add a few tiny shells for fun if desired.
Enjoy!


I personally think that the jute adds a fun coastal feel to this project!
Perfect for Summertime or Anytime!!



Display your pretty Beachy Bottles anywhere....on a shelf, grouped as a centerpiece, or next to the tub! You can't go wrong :)!!


The beauty of hot glue is that it can easily peel off the bottle and shell for when you want to do a different project!



I hope that you like this fun & easy project!
Let me know if you try it, I'd love to see pictures!! :)

Have a Blessed Day!


47 comments:

Naturally Jules said...

I love it with the jute much better! Very clever and a beautiful project. Will have to add this to my every growing wish list of things to do.

duchess said...

Great idea. Now I just need a few bottles.
Thanks.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh you clever girl you! LOVE IT!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I actually like yours WAY better!!! :) Very, very cute.

Christy said...

I agree, your version is MUCH better than the "real" version. Love it! They look fabulous and oh so chic! Mind if I copy you???? :)

trash talk said...

What a generous "share"! I love this idea and I think I can actually do it!
Debbie

juanita said...

LOVE it !!!!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Christy,

Please do copy me!! :) That's the fun of sharing stuff on blogs!

E-mail me a picture if you do, & I'll post it!
(That goes for all of you gals!)

:),
Stacey

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Crafty girl! Love this project!

Amy

nikkicrumpet said...

That is BRILLIANT....and a MUCH MUCH better price!!!

Darlene said...

Those turned out GREAT!!! I am wanting to "beach" up my house a bit for the summer so I may try these. I'll see if I can come up with some bottles. LOVE your version....thanks for sharing!

Bonnie said...

Thank you Stacey - I already have everything I need for this project. Deff. going to give it a try. Thanks again.

Stacey said...

Aren't you smart!!

Chris said...

Oh yes that is a great beachy project .

Sandy Toes said...

I am so making these!!!
sandy toe

Tracy said...

I love your's with the jute much better too, I can hardly wait to fake me some...

My name is Cheryl said...

Oh what a nice beachy project to add as an accessory in your home. I love it! Your version actually looks way better than the one in the fancy magazine. I love this. I am trying to move my decor in the beach decor direction. I just may try this.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

OMIgosh.........that is gorgeous! I have some old med. bottles I wonder if I could do that too????? cherry

Stacey said...

Hi Stacey-
Love the shell idea! What fun:) How is house stuff going for you?

We have a contract on ours and we'll be moving the 2nd week in July... We're both really excited!

Hope you're having a good week - I'd love to grab coffee sometime:P

Megan said...

I love this idea and like your version MUCH better! Thanks for sharing!!!

jenjen said...

Adorable. I love it! You are so clever.

XOXO
Jen

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

So cute and clever!!!!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Super-duper ideas, kiddo!!!! "You go, girl!!!"~~~

Best,
Linda in AZ *

LuLu said...

HANDS DOwn this is my favorite!!! Oh my gosh I am dancing around about your brilliance!!!
did I mention how brillian?t you are!!!!
xo,
LuLu

debra said...

I love those. You have inspired me. :) Thanks!

Chrissy said...

Well hello!! Got to tell you, they are amazing!! I am mad about all things from the "sea" and so happy to have found your blog!! All the best,Chrissy

Beach House Dreamer said...

Adorable!!! I thought so too when I saw the ones from Wisteria. Thanks for this.

Judy said...

I love your beachy bottle project, it turned out gorgeous! Do you think anyone really pays those outrageous prices for some of that stuff in the Wisteria catalog? I love looking through it for ideas but $149 for bottle(s)? I don't think so!!

Hugs!
Judy

Christy said...

Very cute! I was just at JoAnn Fabrics and they had those glass bottles 50% off. Thanks for the great idea :)

Maya@Completely-Coastal.com said...

Love these..., and will be featuring your project in part two of Bloggers Craft! (Sometime in the future).

Bloggers Craft

or:

http://www.completely-coastal.com/2009/06/bloggers-craft-project-ideas-with.html

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh these are GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Hello! Stopping over from Kimba's Great job! I especially like them with the books and larger sea creature!

Rebecca said...

Wow! I love it! Yours are so much BETTER than the stores. I'm feeling inspired!

Jane said...

I like that the jute makes them more summery than the solder. I have seen these in Beverly Hills for $$. Way to go!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Stacey, I have seen these! Your version looks SO great, what a cool project.

Bettsi said...

Super duper great! Love this! Thank you

its so very cheri said...

Super Duper AWESOME!!! I may have to go to the beach next week.
Cheri
from SW FLORIDA
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Kara said...

I think yours are much cuter that the spendy ones! Thanks for sharing the idea!

Sarah said...

What a great idea! These turned out better than the original I think!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Flash said...

Pretty.

Love Where You Live said...

These are so wonderful! I'm going to follow your lead -- and instructions! best, -susan

Embellished Bayou said...

Love this idea, can't wait to try it with the tons of shells I've got stored away! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

LOVE this project...you did a wonderful job, very creative...definitely gonna try this one!

You have a very nice blog and I've enjoyed visiting here!

Have a wonderful weekend!
~Michelle

Tiffany said...

Love this project! I'm going to mention in on-air tonight :) www.blogtalkradio.com/inspiredathome Thank you for the inspiration!

Krista said...

I absolutely love this brilliant idea! Thansk so much.
I put a link to it on my blog.
http://thehawaiianhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Limestone said...

Found your blog through Great Full Day. This is a great project!

I bet you could make them look like the Wisteria version with some black wax and or black hot glue - but yours have a more beachy, casual feel.

Thanks for sharing.

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

I love the look of these! So summery :) Great job x