Saturday, February 8, 2014

Upcycle: Wine Jug

I know I can't be alone in having a hard time throwing away some glass jars, bottles, and containers. Sometimes, I can't justify throwing them out when a store would charge me to buy or order a plain, empty one.
At the same time, I don't really like having things collecting in my home for no reason, so this brings me to finding uses for them.
This is an easy DIY craft for a large wine jug.
All you will need is:
  • A wine jug
  • A decorative or antique key
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Goo Gone (or similar product)
  • A pair of side cutters (or something to cut through a ring of metal)
1) Once your jug is empty (drink up!), wash it out with dish soap and water. Wash the outside as well and remove as much of the labels as possible. Use some Goo Gone or whatever you normally use to remove glue residue to get the jug completely clean from the labels.
2) You won't be needing the cap anymore. Cut the metal ring off of the neck of the jug, carefully, with your side cutters.
3) Next, you will need to get your hot glue gun ready. While you wait for it to warm, cut a piece of twine to wrap around the neck of the jug to hide the threads that held the cap on. Also cut a piece of twine that you will loop through the key and hang around the neck of the jug.
4) Hot glue the twine to the neck by applying some glue and carefully laying the twine over top of it as you wrap. Once the threads are covered, cut your twine and glue the end down. Apply a little glue to the end of the twine to prevent it from fraying.
5) Loop twine through the key and tie it around the neck, like a necklace. I personally like the twine to have some stray strands coming off of it for a tattered look, but you could trim them away if you prefer a more neat look. Decide how far you want the key to hang and trim to size. Trim the excess off the ends, once tied in a knot in the back.
Front of key

Back of key
6) Set on the surface of your choice for a shabby chic decorative piece with character!
Until next time...create away!


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