Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wedding: Pretty Bottles

I love decorating bottles.  It started a few years ago when I sat down to make potion bottles at Halloween.  I envisioned a set of grungy, realistic, old medicine-type bottles.  But no matter what I did, I just couldn't make anything I liked.  Then it hit me....I am not a realistic-potion-bottle-maker type person.  I mean how many times have I said that in my life?  #PartyTalk.  With my newly-minted epiphany complete, I sat down and made something that was more me. 
Though I didn't end up with potion bottles, I did end up with something I really love.  You can read more about them here.  

I loved them so much that I also made a Valentine version which you can read more about here.
When I found out Brandin had Mason jars for the table centerpieces, I knew I needed to make some of my pretty bottles to scatter around. 
 I didn't really know exactly where I would be using them, so I just made a bunch knowing they would fit somewhere.  When I stopped it wasn't that I ran out of ideas, but rather that I ran out of bottles.  
I prefer to use vintage bottles, but I don't mind using new bottles if they are very plain.  You will NEVER see me using a bottle that has "Bertolli" or "Bell" written in the glass.  It is easy enough to find bottles or jars that do not have any identifying brand marks.  
I was lucky that the woman who let me borrow all her flower frogs for the table number tags and sourced the suitcase we used for the cards, also had several of these old bottles in her shop.  She got from a school.  I fell instantly in love with them and bought every one she had that day.  They have various numbers etched on them and one even says "acid".  They even have beautiful lids as you can see on this one above.
I kept them all different.
Maintaining a cohesive look with the color palate....
....and seam binding and.....
....trims and tags.
I ended up using a few on the Bridal table because I wanted that centerpiece to be special. 
I also added them around on the dessert buffet table and 
drink table.
Which one is your favorite?

Two other things I wanted to show you: First we had the fun colored straws on the drink table.  I picked up two cheap ice cream dishes at Hobby Lobby and added a simple bow.
Finally, I had this old Mason jar that my grandmother gave me. Since it was the only large clear jar we had I made it special.  The broach came from Brandin's dress- she never intended to wear it.
After this photo was taken, the day of the wedding actually, I added the word TIPS onto a tag and added that tag to the bunch that were already on the jar (you can see the circle tag).  This was then used for bartender's tips.

May your day be filled with Sunshine and GLITTER.
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  1. Hard to pick a favorite from your bottles, but I think I may favor the last one with the brooch.

  2. Swoon, these are gorgeous, Danee!!!! Wowza!!! : )

  3. Very cute! Stopping by from best of the weekend party!

  4. These are GORGEOUS! I love crafting with bottles.
    On behalf of Lisa, Cindy and myself, thanks so much for sharing this at our "Best Of The Weekend party"! I have pinned it to our party board and to another big board too.
    We hope to see you back again when the party kicks off this Friday eve at 8PM EST.
    Have a great week!

  5. love decorated bottles! Very vintage like! :) I may have to try some of these decorating techniques. Thanks for sharing and I'm a new follower from a blog hop. I'd love if you stopped by and checked things out sometime. Have a great week!

    Heather from http://mommyonlyhas2hands.org

  6. Just FYI - these are featured at our Best Of The Weekend party! Yay! Hope to see you back this week for more party fun.

  7. “I love decorating bottles.” – Who wouldn’t love to decorate bottles like these? They have interesting designs and shapes, especially old-fashioned kind of medicine bottles. They are the coolest, in my opinion. Just clean it very well, and they can be refilled again with another type of liquid such as perfume, medicine, or even juice.

    Ora Wilcox @ DABrico.com


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