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Tuscan Summer Decor

Tuscan Summer Decor
Tuscan Summer Decor
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Taste a touch of Tuscany this summer and make your own amazing decor from recycled materials. This wine bottle upcycle is not only the perfect summer craft for wine lovers, it will also make a gorgeous addition to your outdoor home decor. Your Tuscan Summer Decor will be the talk of the neighborhood all summer long. Grab an empty wine bottle and get crackin' on this cute and creative recycled craft idea for summer.

Materials List

  • Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutting Kit
  • Newspaper
  • Etching cream
  • Armour Over ‘n’ Over Stencils Berries (21-1609) and Fleur De Lis (21-1615)
  • Sponge brush
  • Champagne corks - 2
  • Bottles – two 1.5 ML and one 750 ML clear wine bottles
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • E6000
  • Votive candle and 4” clay saucer

Instructions

  1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.

  2. Measure:

    • 2 ½” down from the top on each 1.5 ML clear wine bottle, mark using a Sharpie™.
    • For the shorter dome, make an additional mark 7” down from the top.
    • For the taller dome, make an additional mark 8” down from the top.
    • Note: When finished, you should have two 1.5 ML clear wine bottles each with two marks for cutting.
    • Make only one mark on a 750 ML clear wine bottle, 10 ½” down from the top for the candle shelter.

  3. Using the bottle cutter, score and separate where indicated.

  4. Smooth the rough edges on the bottom of each bottle as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.

  5. Clean your cut bottles inside and out and dry completely.

  6. For one of the small glass cheese domes, remove the single (1” w x 3” L) Fleur De Lis stencil from the carrier sheet. Line the edge of the stencil along the bottom edge of the dome. Press into place. If you tend to be a messy painter, mask off the area around the stencil with painter’s tape.

  7. Etch with Armour Etch® Glass Etching Cream applying cream only to the stencil avoiding edges. Wait 10 minutes.

  8. Wash stencil with warm water, pat dry and reposition next to the previous etch. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until the bottom edge of the dome is encircled with an etched border. When finished return stencil to carrier sheet.

  9. On the second dome, use the triangular shaped Fleur De Lis stencil. Remove it from the carrier and place one on each side of the dome close to the top. Repeat steps 7 & 8.

  10. For the candle shelter, remove the 2.75” x 2.75” Berry stencil from its carrier and place it on one side of the tall bottle. Repeat step 7 & 8.

  11. Place a small amount of white paint on a finger tip and lightly rub over the stencil. This will make the etching appear brighter.

  12. Run a bead of adhesive around the base of each cork and insert them into the top of the two small cheese domes. Embellish each cork with Vintage buttons (see image for reference).

  13. Wrap twine around neck of the candle shelter and tie off with a bow.

NotesRead and carefully follow the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter manual.

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