my friends can attest to my undying love for mason jars.
they can also attest to the fact that i have BEEN in love with them for forever. back in college i wrote a blog called the 'mason jar monologues.' i stored my pens/pencils on my desk in a mason jar. it was not uncommon to see me walking to class or roll into staff meeting with a mason jar of sweet tea. one christmas i gave my besties a 'sweet tea making kit' including two mason jars, tea bags, sugar, and a freakin adorable little poem with the foolproof steps to sweeten it just right. i decorated my dorm room with mason jars full of colorful candy and ribbon (my undying love for ribbon is worthy of a whole separate blogpost)
it deeply saddens my heart to know that all of these bandwagoners have ruined any chance of me actually going through with the mason jar themed wedding i've been dreaming up since i was a wee little thing drinking lemonade from a mason jar on the front porch swing...
SO for the first official installment for PINday i've prepared an alternative for mason jars :)
PINday is a new installment on the blog - basically i have a pintrest board devoted to crafty things that YOU can 'like' and i'll try them out for you... because honestly, how many things have you pinned on pintrest that you are NEVER going to do?! that's right. a bunch.
the inspiration for this project came from this DIY yarn bottles project i found. i mixed it up a little, to fit what resources i had readily available:
MATERIALS: bottle, yarn/twine, hot glue gun
obviously you can use whatever you want, and the actual pin on pintrest calls for smaller bottles and yarn, BUT
i am forever drinking wine
and i love me some twine,
so i just decided to use what i had
and make up a sweet rhyme
golly i crack myself up
also: if you don't already have a hot glue gun, what are you doing with your life?! using it is probably my second favorite thing ever. drinking wine would be the first.
just a little heads up: this wine (lucky duck) is from wal-mart and it is SO CHEAP and SO GOOD. i particularly liked this bottle, which was a sauvignon blanc from chile i believe. they have all different types - some not as good as others, but hey, for $4 a bottle what can you expect?
seriously though: twine is so useful. and it seems to last forever. i've had this roll since September and i use it every chance i get: decorating, packaging prints/products for clients etc.
starting this can be a little tricky - i found that NOT having huge globs of very warm adhesive all over the place is helpful - less is more when it comes to hot glue guns - you don't want a huge hunk of glue at the top where you start wrapping the twine around. i took a little dab and put it just inside the top of the wine bottle, attached the twine to it, let the glue cool just a little so i knew the twine wasn't going anywhere, and then started working my way around the very top of the bottle, using very small amounts of glue to make sure the twine covered the top lip of the bottle completely
after you clear the top of the wine bottle it's easy as pie! just keep wrapping the twine around the bottle, stopping every once in a while to put a little dab of hot glue to make sure the twine stays put! again, less is more. you don't want big pockets of glue sticking through between your twine
from start to finish this project took me about 45 minutes, but i'm sure that once you did it a few times it wouldn't be as time consuming. (or if you used smaller bottles)
these would be great to just have around the house as decorations OR you could use them as centerpieces or accents in tablescapes :) you can check out the finished product later on in the week when i feature this DIY PINday project in a special little something i thought up over the weekend!!
check out the PINday pinboard too and vote for the next project by 'liking' whatever you want to see me craft :) thanks ya'll!