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DIY Vintage Bottle Centerpiece

Next up is Ashley’s DIY suspending glass centerpiece. Using small vintage bottles and manzanita branches, she created a gorgeous centerpiece that could be used to decorate escort card or guest book tables.

The first place winner will receive $500 and second place a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry, so this is huge. Voting won’t start till all selected entries are published, so sit tight!

DIY suspending vintage bottle centerpiece chandelier

Materials Needed:

- A variety of vintage glass bottles in all sizes, such as old medicine & perfume bottles, and lonely salt-shakers that have lost their companion along the way. All of these can be found at any vintage or thrift shop.
- One spool of 24 gage wire in gold or silver available at hardware store
- Wire cutters available at hardware store
- Coral or Manzanita Branches found at craft supply stores
- One Tall Vase (that you already own or purchase at a craft store)
- An Assortment of Flowers found at any nursery or florist, or in your own backyard.

Prep work:
Wash and clean off old glass bottles. Prepare flowers for arrangement (I cut my flowers down for a Bradford Pear Tree in my yard and then trimmed the stem according to the bottle size)

DIY suspending vintage bottle centerpiece chandelier

Instructions:
Step 1: Take wire and measure across the neck of the bottle, add a little slack, cut the wire
Step 2: Wrap the wire around the bottle just below the rim, and loosely fasten it.
Step 3: Cut a short length (approx. 4 to 5 inches), this is for the handle.
Step 4: To create handle, attach one end to each side of the wire encircling the bottle, then twist each end to secure it.
Step 5: Now pull the loosely fastened end of the encircling wire, and secure the ends by twisting them together. Repeat for desired amount of bottles. (I did 4)
Step 6: Fill bottles with desired flowers
Step 7: Last drape hanging bottles throughout the branches

DIY Vintage Lace Headband

We’re approaching the end of our DIY project entries and I’m already feeling a bit sentimental. It’s been a lot of fun sharing do-it-yourself ideas from such creative people! Today we’ll be posting a few more submissions and brace yourself, because what we’re posting today is pure goodness.

We’re going to start the day with a project sent by Jessica, who made an adorable headband using an appliqué from a vintage dress. Here she used a matching ribbon to tie the headband, but you could also try sewing an elastic band at the bottom instead. Either way, the idea is just fabulous!

DIY vintage lace headband

What you’ll need:
- 1940′s dress appliqué purchased at a local antique shop. (Cat’s Cradle Antiques)
- one yard of gold ribbon (http://www.joann.com/joann/home/home.jsp?topnavlink=true)
- white thread

DIY vintage applique headband

Instructions:
I positioned the appliqué on the ribbon placing it more on the side of the head. I pinned the ribbon and then sewed it onto the appliqué. Secure both ends by sewing (either by hand or using a sewing machine). I cut the ends of the ribbon so they were even with the way the appliqué would lay on the head.






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DIY Faux MilkGlass Centerpieces

We got one more project for today, just in time for our afternoon crowd! Our next DIY project was sent by Annie, who some of you may know from Marry You Me. She gave old vases a new life by dressing them up as milk glass!

From Annie:
For me, DIY is at it’s best when it saves you money and time and adds a special touch. Vintage milk glass is beautiful, but I know first hand how hard it can be to track down good pieces without spending hours driving around, scouring the internet, or paying a fortune. So I wanted to replicate the look of milk glass on a budget using some vintage glass vases and glossy white spray paint.

DIY Faux MilkGlass Centerpieces

What you’ll need:

- Assorted vintage glass vases (I found mine at a local thrift store, 9 pieces for $5)
- Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
- Brown craft paper or newspaper
- Latex gloves
- White glossy spray paint (I used Krylon Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Gloss White)

DIY Faux MilkGlass Porcelain Centerpieces

Instructions:
Step 1: Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or paper towel to remove any sticky residue from the vases. Wash vases with soap and dry completely.
Step 2: Lay down paper on your spraying surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake spray paint for 1-2 minutes before spraying. Shake between sprays as well. Wearing gloves, work from side to side spraying vases with spray paint. Don’t get too close to the vase to avoid drips/runs. (No need to spray paint the inside of the vases, just do the tops; spraying the inside then using them for flowers with water will cause the inside paint to flake off).

Step 3: Rotate vase until covered, let dry a few minutes before adding a second coat. Let dry completely.

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