02 July 2010

Vintage Postcard Bottle Vases

My hubby is totally addicted to Snapple juices. He has an "in" at Walgreens and buys them by the case. I found a bunch of bottles hidden all over the house as I was straightening up the other day and just stuck a pencil into one and later on thought, "Hey, what if I put a flower in here?" So I put a fake dollar store job in and then, even later on I thought, "What if I do a bunch?" and then even later, "How can I make it a holiday-seasonal thing?" And then I passed out from exhaustion because it was about 2:00 in the morning. (Dumb steroids!) But the very next day, I got started! I found some vintage postcard images here. You could also find some at The Graphics Fairy (love her) or at this lovely site I only just discovered called, Free Pretty Things for You! I LOVE vintage images. They make me feel warm and nostalgic and sappy... well, except for the weird, psycho ones... but the good ones are soooooo good. I sized and printed them on cardstock; then cut them out.You can prepare the bottles by removing the label and thoroughly washing and drying them. Then, remove the date stamps with some nail-polish remover. I didn't bother to get the sticky stuff off the side because I was adhering the label anyway... might as well use it.
Proceed to the gluing stage by lightly rolling the postcard so it has a slight curve- the same as the bottle. Then glue and position it right over the already sticky part. Secure with rubber bands until dry.For the neck, I used thin strips of fabric but twine or ribbon would look equally cute. I used some gold shank buttons to bind the fabric and fastened it around the bottle. You could also just tie a knot.That was just about it. I made a bunch more, added the cheap-o flowers and voila! New 4th of July decorations for the house.
Here is what they look like in the house on top of the family room bookcases. I love them... cheap and easy, just the way I like it!

15 comments:

  1. Bethany,
    thank you for finding me!
    you have such a creative blog, i cant wait to go through all your post!
    thank you for the super sweet comment!
    XOXO!!
    your newest follower,
    Keren

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  2. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments on the pebble mat. I hope you do try one! These bottles are terrific...I am a hopeless collectors of bottles, now I know what I can do with some of them!

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  3. They are fabulous. And I love cheap and easy crafts too.

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  4. Wow! Those are so cute! I love using throw-aways for crafts and giving garbage a new life, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Those are adorable - I love them on the fence!!

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  6. These are really cute! (and gerber daisys are always a happy thing!!) Love them...

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  7. Bethany, obrigada pelos elogios no meu bloguito!
    Amei o seu, prá começar já vi várias coisas que gosto.

    De cara, reciclagem, feltros e mandalas. Sua modelo e muito linda, rsrsrsrs.
    volte quando quiser, viu!

    Já estou te seguindo para voltar depois...
    Bjs: Tia Ném. BRASIL

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  8. Very cute idea...I actually showcased it today on my blog. Please check it out:-)
    insidebrucrewlife.blogspot.com

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  9. These are great! And thanks for the vintage card link. I'll have to save this for next year.

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  10. Thanks everyone. I was seriously so sick of seeing these bottles around the house, it was nice to be able to change my feelings about them (ha ha). E Obrigadissima Tia Nem! Volto logo! Tchau!

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  11. I love how you brought your hubby into your project!I had never heard of Free Pretty Things for You - thanks for sharing this great site! I'm now following you and can't want to see what else you're up to...

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  12. Pretty, practical, and full of some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Super cute!! I love the cards you used!

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  14. These are DARLING!! And so perfect 1)because i could NOT remember the name of Graphics Fairy and have been searching 2)I've become obsessed with decorating bottles and 3)I pick a holiday every year to work on and this year is 4th of July. Thanks a TON!

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