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DIY: Rustic Decor

Recycle empty wine bottles into catchy accent pieces


Don't dispose of those old bottles just yet! Here's a quick project that you can do to transform them into rustic decor pieces.

Crafts by Mikko Sumulong. Styling by Tala Singson and Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Louie Aguinaldo.

Read the original article ("Wine and Twine”) in the November 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 


Make sure you have all the materials ready.

For this project, you can alternate different colors of twine or yarn for a more playful touch. Other containers can be twine-wrapped into decor such as water jugs, tall bottles, tumblers, and mayonnaise jars.

Re-do it:
  1. Strip the bottles of their labels. For stubborn labels, soak bottles in water overnight. Don’t worry if the label doesn’t get removed completely, as its surface will be covered with twine.
  2. Apply a drop or two of Super Glue close to the bottom edge of the bottle, and adhere the loose end of the string. Let dry.
  3. Wrap the bottle, starting from the bottom. Work your way up.
  4. Continue wrapping, applying glue every inch or so. Make sure there are no gaps between the rows of string.
  5. Once you reach the top of the bottle (or the desired end point), glue the end of the string in place. Wrap a second layer of string if necessary. 


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