How to Decorate Bottles With String


Opportunities for art exist all around your home, many using items that might otherwise land in the trash can. Old bottles, for example, can be covered in string to add color and texture and to hide any imperfections or labeling. Doing so helps keep them from landfills and adds a decorative element to your home. Use the bottles as accessories or as vases or storage containers. The more colorful the yarn you use, the more colorful your bottles will be.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Disposable container
  • White glue
  • Construction paper
  • Paint brush
  • Clean the bottle with soap and warm water, both inside and out. Let it dry thoroughly.

  • Cover your work space with newspaper to protect it from damage and make it easier to clean. Put on gloves if you don't want to get glue on your hands.

  • Pour 3 to 5 tbsp. of white glue into a disposable container, such as a plastic cup.

  • Lay a piece of construction paper out on your work place.

  • Paint the bottom of the bottle with a thick coating of glue. Place it on the construction paper and let it dry. Once dry, cut away all the paper except a 1/2 inch circle around the bottom of the bottle. This creates a lip that helps you start your first row of string.

  • Paint the paper lip and the bottom inch of the bottle with a thick coat of glue. Don't coat it so thickly that the glue drips.

  • Place the end of your string on the bottom of the bottle, resting on top of the lip. Hold in in place with one hand and use the other hand to carefully wrap the string around the bottle. Continue wrapping until you've almost wrapped the entire glued area.

  • Paint another inch or two of glue onto your bottle. Continue wrapping the bottle in string and adding more glue, a few inches at a time, until you've wrapped your entire bottle.

  • Allow the glue to dry overnight. Use scissors to carefully trim away any of the remaining paper lip so it's not visible.

Tips & Warnings

  • Skip the paper lip if you don't think you'll have trouble keeping the bottom row of string attached to your bottle. Some bottles, especially those with very rounded bottoms, are more difficult to start wrapping.
  • Try to keep your strings very close together. if you notice a gap, stop wrapping and use the eraser end of a pencil to move the string into place.

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