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Jul 10, 2012

Photo Bottles

I think you're all familiar with my love of glueing twine to things - exhibit A, exhibit B, and exhibit C. I also love taking photos while on vacation. So when I came across a project by Kirstin at Craftiments.com that combined these two things, I knew I had to copy it.

And it came just in time for the summer edition of the Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Sherry at Young House Love and Katie at Bower Power. The Pinterest Challenge is a get-off-your-butt-and-make-that-thing-you-saw-on-Pinterest call to arms. This edition is also being co-hosted by Kate at Centsational Girl and Michelle at Ten June.

Pinterest Challenge - summer edition


Head on over to their sites to see what everyone's been up to, and to add your own project if you'd like. I can't wait to see the other projects - this challenge always results in a dozen more inspirational pins.

So let's get to it shall we?

This is the project I decided to tackle. And here is my inspiration. Isn't that photo bottle gorgeous? I love the old-time feel of the black and white photo, and the added texture the twine gives it.

Photo bottles

I had so many different bottles stored away that I couldn't limit myself to just one. Not to mention the thousands of pictures I had to choose from - every one is a winner, right?

I started with a plain clear wine bottle, washed and with the label removed.

Photo bottles

I printed out some of my favourite pictures, editing them as black and white with a vignette border. The two pictures of the dogs are from our trip to PEI last summer, and the photo of Tom & me is from our recent trip to Cuba. How cute is that shot of the dogs bouncing across the sand? They were in heaven.

Photo bottles

I began by hot-glueing the twine to the bottle starting from the bottom - about 12-15 rows. I then repeated it starting at the top and wrapping downwards.

Photo bottles

I added sand to one of them to give it some weight. It's also cool because the sand in the bottle is from the same beach as the dogs are running across in the picture.

Photo bottles

I will admit that the picture is mod podged onto the bottle rather than it being inside. The photo was being stubborn and wouldn't uncurl. I got frustrated and slapped some glue on it, and then sprayed it with a high gloss finisher. I'd like to do some more and actually put the photos inside next time.

Photo bottles

The tall bottle is a mason jar glued to a candlestick, with a finial attached to the top of the lid. It started out as an apothocary jar project but I never got around to refinishing the wood. I had painted it, then started to sand it off because I didn't like it, but then never went back to it. The worn, half-sanded finish fits in perfectly with this beachy, rustic look.

Photo bottles

I found the pattern for the tags with google and printed them on coloured cardstock. I then wrinkled them up and sanded the edges to give them a more aged look. The tags state the name of the beach and the date the photo was taken.

Photo bottles

This project was a lot of fun and one I would like to repeat as we take more vacations. The one benefit of having the photo on the inside is that it can be swapped out when you stumble across a new favourite.

Photo bottles

Photo bottles

Photo bottles

Photo bottles

Photo bottles


(the "beach" frame in some of the pictures is from this project)




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I'm linking up here this week!








69 comments:

Ashley Taylor said...

These are really cute! Nice job. 

Stringtownhome said...

Oh my goodness!  I LOVE THIS!!  I'm going to HAVE to try to make some.  & I don't think that there's anything wrong with the photo being on the outside of the jar... it looks great!

Thanks for linking up!
Have a great week,
Heather
Stringtown Home

Claire @ alittlesomething said...

These are great, Barb and they go so well with your DIYed beach sign! I loved the original project when I saw it a little while ago and your interpretation is just as lovely.

I created something for the challenge, too and would love for you to stop by!

Have a great day!

Kirstin said...

They look awesome!!!!! I am so happy to inspire you :)

Heather@French Press said...

Awesome!  I cannot wait to make some of these.  Thanks for sharing your ideas

Diybydesign said...

These are super cute projects.  Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

Those turned out great!  Thank you so much for sharing!  I look forward to seeing you back next week!

Kelli Frueh said...

Great idea, love it. I am a new follower.

Naturalnesters said...

Loving these! So creative, thanks for linking up!

Nikki said...

I love love love these!! I might try to make these later in August.

southernscraps said...

These are great. I love using twine and all things beachy this time of year.

The Style Sisters said...

Very cool idea! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share your idea!
Karin
Www.thestylesisters.blogspot.com

Nicole@ Show Off Friday said...

That is a gorgeous idea!

Cynthia White said...

I love this idea.  Looked at the Craftiments blog too.  Both yours and hers are super.  Thanks so much for sharing.  This is something I could easily do!

Terry Cohoe said...

These are so cute.  I love that the sand inside is the same as where the dogs were running - that is so sentimental.  Really nice.  Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

Ca4ole said...

Fantastic idea for family gifts.
I found this through Thriving on Thursdays.  I have linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls.  Have a great week.

JoAnn Hutcheson said...

Love this idea - simply awesome! Fantastic up cycle! New Linky follower - found you thru Fireflies and Jellybeans party.
JoAnn
sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

Alicia Johnson said...

Found you on Sew Chatty.
This is such a neat idea! Love it, shared it on Pinterest

Liz said...

Each one is so unique and the embellishments make them even more so. Great idea. Thanks for sharing your how-to!
Liz

Nancy said...

These are Beautiful!  I loke the Image on the outside better!!

Huggs, Nancy

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Those bottles are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your visit! Have a wonderful weekend.

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Barb,I love the beachy look of these bottles. Great Project. Thanks for sharing.Smiles, Paula

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Paula!

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Thank you! You too!

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BarbSteadman said...

Aaaah, bacon and eggs - my favourite! I'll check it out.

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Thanks!

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I'll check it out! Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

becolorful said...

This is really beautiful. I like yours even better than this inspiration picture... which was also very cool. This would be such a great way to make to commemorate a trip or what an awesome gift for someone. Thanks so much for sharing this on BeColorful this week.
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Antonella DeFalco said...

This is such a great idea!!! I love the way you made them!!! I cannot wait to try this!!!  I found your link on the Craftionary link party :-)
Hugs, antonella :-)
You can stop by my post here:  http://quilling.blogspot.com/2012/07/fabulous-friday-share-memories-freebies.html

Angela said...

fantastic look Barb...would you care to share where you got the labels from?
so cool, and they really make the bottles look vintage!

Kathryn Griffinn said...

I love this idea!  Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House.  Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday.  Toodles, Kathryn at TheDedicatedHouse

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Your photos look great! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely project on my blog hop. I really enjoyed your visit! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Amie @ Pinkapotamus said...

These look A-mazing!  I am featuring these on the Pink Hippo Party this week! You did such a wonderful job recreating them!  Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party..  
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Rachel said...

 Beautiful! I have a few bottles I've been holding onto for the perfect craft. I think this is it! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

Wow, these look great! Thank you for sharing at our
Pinteresting Party.

Athena McElrath said...

Hi Barb:  What a pretty idea--this is lovely.  I want to try it out now!  Thank you for sharing it with us, and take care!

Verymerryvintagestyle said...

These are really nice. Love the twine. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

Dee said...

Great refashiono of the bottles. so pretty!  I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges.
www.thecsiproject.com

Gay Vaughan said...

I am loving this!  I too love anything beachy in my decor.  This inspires me!

Kim~Made in a Day said...

These came out awesome. I featured you today! I got a late start today! Hope to see you again this week!
Kim@madenaday

Taylor Norris said...

I love how your bottles turned out!! Love love love them!! :) Thank you for linking up last week! You've been featured!! Cheers! :)

Pamela said...

Love these! new follower! hope you will follow back~
http://sewmuchclass.blogspot.com

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

These are so beautiful! I'm featuring these tomorrow on my blog. Thanks so much for linking up to A Pinteresting Link Party!
 

Kim Rosema said...

These turned out better than your inspiration piece! (am I allowed to say that??) I love the one on a candlestick!

You're being featured on my blog tomorrow and the link will be
http://www.maidendshade.com/2012/07/youve-got-it-maiden-dshade-10.html 

Thank you so much for linking up to my party!
Kim

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Kim!

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Thanks Liz!

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Thanks Taylor!

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Thanks Kim!

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Thanks!

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Thanks Amie!

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Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

I took photos from our vacations and printed them in black and white on freezer paper (because it's thinner than regular paper) and then mod-podged them to the bottles. Two are of my dogs - the other is my husband and me.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Hi Angela,
Okay I'm an idiot - I thought you were asking about the pictures, I forgot about the actual labels. I did a search on Google - mailing labels or old mailing labels, something like that. I just kept searching until I found one I liked. I then printed them on yellowish cardstock and wrinkled them up to make them look old.

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