There’s no other place in the world where you can be most comfortable than your own home. Our homes are both our shelter and refuge, not only they protect us from the harms of the “outside world”, they also create the ultimate feeling of relaxation and comfort. However sometimes, especially when you are living on a same house for quite some time already, two things may happen which degrade this “best feeling” and these are the loss of interest due to absence of new stuff and the build-up of clutters and the unnecessary. These things usually happen when the members of the household tend to neglect the need to improve their home because they are afraid to disrupt the things they are used to be doing or seeing.
Now, once the drive to improve and re-decorate the home sparks among the family members, everyone should seize the moment and go all-in. Redecoration and renovation can be done easily by hiring professionals or contractors and but new stuff from the hardware stores however this move will definitely demand a large funding. Luckily, there is another option that not only promises less spending, it can also address the two problems mentioned above all at the same time while engaging the family members in a worthwhile project.
What I’m talking about here is the concept of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home improvement projects by recycling collected empty bottles.
Nook’s Wine Bottle Pendant Lights
New kitchen lighting fixture can be quite expensive however, you can get rid of the old boring look of your kitchen nook by adding crafted wine bottles to your pendant lights’ design. If you’re a wine enthusiast, this DIY kitchen décor is perfect for you. You’re not just recycling used bottles and helping save mother Earth, but you’re also spicing up your kitchen nook’s appearance. This project is actually very easy to make if you only have an excellent bottle cutter.
- emptied and clean wine bottles (extra-large is perfect)
- 12 foot lamp cord with plug
- 16 gauge galvanized wire
- 25-40 watt bulbs
- phenolic socket single-leg hickey and screw terminals
- bottle cutter
- wire strippers
- wire cutters
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- safety glasses
How to do it:
- Cut the clean wine bottles with your desired opening spot using a bottle cutter. Make sure that you’re wearing gloves and safety glasses before doing so.
- Every bottle cutter set has a tapper. Place the tapper inside the bottle and tap the bottle gently.
- After tapping the cut bottle, place it in the sink and run cold water over the mark. Right after doing so, let the hot water run underneath the cut mark. Then do run both water temperatures in an alternate way. Following that, the bottle’s bottom will split off.
- Smooth the cut using the fine-grit sandpaper.
- Place the tip of the cord set throughout the bottle, also through the hoop in the socket. Always make sure that the load of the fixture is not on the electrical connection, you can do that by tying a knot in the cord.
- Put the cord’s metal tip beneath the screws on the socket. Tighten down.
- Set the bulb in the socket and test if it’s working.
- Create a loop of dark wire into the bottle to create a decorative touch.
…and tadah! You have your very own DIY pendant lights!
Wine Bottles’ Bookshelf
For bookworms out there, is there enough space in your bookshelf for your beloved books? Does your books cause clutters in your house? Do you think buying a new shelf can cause a fortune? Worry no more! You can make use of you empty wine bottle and a few planks of wood to build an easy and attention-grabbing bookshelf!
- 20 empty and clean wine bottles (or any quantity will do, it will depend on your desired height for the shelf)
- 6 wood planks
- couple of turn buckle
- couple of eyebolt
- couple of s-hook
How to do it:
- Attach the self-drilling eyebolt on each end of the wood planks. Eyebolts for a single plank should be parallel to the ones placed in another plank. Connections should be tight and sturdy.
- The distance of every plank is determined by the height of the wine bottles. For every layer, place 4 wine bottles — 2 for each ends.
- Connect the bottom tip of the turn buckle to the bottom plank’s eyebolt, and then join the upper tip of the turn buckle to the s-hook. After doing so, connect the s-hook on the eyebolt on the top plank.
There you go! Basically, you just have to repeat the process for each layer until you reach your desired height. Nevertheless, don’t make this shelf too high. Let’s be safe than sorry.
Hanging Rustic Wall Vases
Spice up your wall with this economical rustic wall vase set. This hand crafted vase is perfect for minimalistic people. It consumes a little space in your wall and the rustic touch of this décor is more than enough to catch everyone’s attention.
- emptied and clean wine bottles
- 1 inch bell hanger kit (copper)
- scrap wood
- picture hanging hardware
How to do it:
- Divide the scrap wood (painted or not) into equal spaces and mark the spot where you want your bottles to be place.
- Drill a hole on the marked spots of the wood. The holes must be smaller in diameter than that of the screw.
- Connect the bell hanger through the holes using screws and screwdriver.
- On each side of the scrap wood, fasten a loop for hanging.
- Attach the scrap wood on the wall. After doing so, place the empty bottles on the bell hanger and tighten them.
Voila! And just like that folks, you have your stunning rustic themed wall vase décor!
Mason Jar Mini Planter
Do you know that mason jar is an ideal windowsill planter? The lid of the mason jar will help hold the soil’s moisture, keeping the plant from dehydration. This kind of project is perfect in bringing life in to your kitchen windows!
- clean mason jar
How to do it:
- Place an enough amount soil in the mason.
- Plant the herb or any seedling that you desire.
And that’s it! A very easy and less time consuming DIY project to make!
Mason Liquid Soap Dispenser
Tired of the look of your dull liquid soap dispenser? You don’t have to be anxious anymore, you can actually make a dispenser out of a used mason jar! You can actually find this stuff in some of the local house décor stores however, making one would only take you less than an hour and won’t cost you as much. It’s neat and classy!
- mason jar
How to do it:
- Drill a hole in the mason jar’s cover.
- Insert the pump in the hole.
- Add adhesive to hold the pump in place.