Recycled Centerpieces

Posted by poppy on Aug 03, 2011

In my last post, I shared about using home grown wheat and corn in our centerpieces. The rest of the centerpieces were also a DIY project…one that was certainly a group effort.

At first, I wanted to use tin cans as vases for flowers – no big enough. So I turned to wine bottles…but after collecting about 30 of them there was one in particular that caught my eye – cobalt blue wine bottles! At the time, I was not yet 21 – so I had to turn to friends and family for some help. I told them of my plan and before I knew it empty wine bottles were being given to me left and right.

small aqua accent vases

I knew I was in trouble when at a family Christmas gathering someone pulled out a jumbo bottle and it was that same beautiful cobalt blue…I had to get my hands of some of those! Lucky for me lots of stores were running sales on such bottles. What’s more, I’m told the wine was not only cheap, but it was good too! Before I knew it I had more jumbo cobalt bottles than I did regular sized. This was due in large part to the fact the Poppy Aunt called me one day saying she had a box for me. Low and behold it contained 20 empty jumbo wine bottles complements of her neighborhood!

This was probably the easiest project I’ve done thus far. All I had to do was soak the bottles and remove labels to turn them into a vase. To create a centerpiece all that was needed was a single tall stem flower – I used silk.

wine bottle vases with silk flowers

Now the question is what to do with all of them after the wedding. The least I could do is recycle them I suppose, but they are so pretty! Maybe wedding guests, especially those that contributed to the “cause” will want to take one home? They could be recycled twice over!