Tutorial: refurbished glass bottles in designer wall vases

Make these vases super cool, it’s good for the planet!

My first is particularly bulky in the trash, my second takes thousands of years to decompose in nature, I am, I am … Okay, the title of the article may have sold the wick a little too fast! Today, it is by the glass that we will be interested with a very original idea to recycle its empty bottles. 

The material

– a wooden cleat 50 cm long and at least 2 cm thick (prefer hard wood like beech)
– two glass bottles
– a saw
– an electric drill
– wood, concrete and plaster wicks
– a screwdriver
– two steel spring clamps 23-29 mm
– two small steel reinforcing brackets
– 2 wood screws about 2 cm
– 6 wood screws about 0.3 mm shorter than the thickness of the cleat
– 4 wood screws about 5 cm
– 4 screws about 5 cm with dowels adapted to your wall
– a pencil
Budget: around $20
Duration: 2 hours
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1. Start by cutting the wooden batten into two pieces of 15 cm and two pieces of 8 cm with a saw. These will be used to make the appliques.
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2. Form two letters L upside down with the cleats to create brackets to which the bottles will be attached. Position the horizontal base on the top and attach it to the other part with two screws as in the picture below. If you use hardwood such as beech, consider drilling a pre-hole with a very fine bit to facilitate screwing and not splitting the wood. If you use a soft wood such as pine, we advise you to solidify the structure by adding small steel brackets as in the picture below. Our tip: if the screws are hard to screw, rub them on a candle before screwing.
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3. Prepare the wall of your future wall lights by drilling holes for the dowels with an electric drill. Then apply the wooden brackets, making sure that they are perfectly parallel. Be careful not to overtighten the screw between the spring clamps and the brackets, as this may break them. Indeed, it is essential to leave some play so as not to increase the maximum tension when you fix the bottles. The base of the spring clip should not be flat but should keep the same shape as when it is detached.
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4. We are almost there, all you have to do is hang two glass bottles to give them a second life! Add a water and you will have two beautiful vases wall very original.
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In the end

All that’s missing is the final touch. But if, you know, your little personal touch that makes your vases really unique in the world! Give free rein to your imagination to decorate them. If you’re really not inspired, here is our idea: add a rope knot, the shades go well with wood and greenery!
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