I know I was going to post this yesterday, but I was tired and when the kids finally crashed I was behind them by about five minutes.
SO, here we go!
I saw this one online a while back (can’t remember where) and ran out to get my supplies! Then I did nothing. lol.. I don’t know why, but I stared at the stuff for like two months before I began. However, once I sat down to do it, I was done in 30 minutes and was so surprised with how beautiful it was! The beads not only give off a soft glow, but they project little circles of light all over the room which is so cool!
Here is what you need:
– an empty wine or liquor bottle, cleaned out with labels removed (this can be done very easily by soaking it in warm, soapy water for just a few minutes)
– a small string of lights (I wanted to use white but couldn’t find them, so the ones I used for this project are orange – all the Halloween stuff had just come out – and I love them
– scotch tape
– glass beads, whatever colour you like
– glue gun & glue
I started by feeding the lights into the bottle, making sure that the end with the plug was left out with enough cord to reach the outlet. I had to give the bottle a few shakes as the lights would bunch up inside and you want them to be as evenly distributed as possible.
Once I had them in place, I taped the remaining cord all down the outside of the bottle. The remaining cord and plug should run off from there, and you should have at least a foot or so of hanging cord so that you have room to plug it in somewhere.
Then I started gluing on my beads! This part was so ridiculously relaxing and therapuetic, I don’t know why. LOL. I started at the top of the neck and worked my around and then down. I recommend doing a full row of beads around the top, then a second row, and third, etc. I also made the taped cord the “back” of my bottle, and I started my rows of beads at the “front”. That way if the spacing isn’t perfect and you’re left with a spot that isn’t large enough for a bead, it will be at the back and no one will see it.
Here is it, part way through:
Doesn’t look like much, does it? … Just wait.
It took no time at all, and just a small dab of glue on the bottom of each bead was enough to secure it VERY nicely in place. If you have multi-coloured beads like I did, be sure to try and space them out so you have a nice pattern and not clumps of colours together. I was done in about 30 minutes, super simple and fun to do.
Here is the finished product!!
So gorgeous! My daughter LOVES having this in her room, the space just glows and it’s so warm… it almost gives off the feeling of having a fireplace. In retrospect you can see that I should have made sure that the lights were also going further up the neck of the bottle – there is a bit of a dark spot there. But overall it’s SO adorable, I just love it! Going to make one for my son as well with blue and green beads.
This is great for a child’s room, but would also be beautiful in a dining room (in place of candles) or even outdoor lanterns for warm summer meals and drinks outside. You could do them in Halloween colours, Christmas colours… the ideas are endless! Be sure to let me know if you try this one out, and if you have any other ideas about how to make them or what to use them for, I would definitely like to know!