Wine Bottle Planter Centerpiece

Hey friends!

Back in the spring I used an old planter to make a rustic centerpiece, but since then I’ve changed my centerpiece about a thousand times!  

For the latest update I used some wine/liquor bottles that were left behind by the previous owner of our house (they left a ton of random stuff!).  We aren’t big wine drinkers, but didn’t know what to do with them since many were unopened, so in my cupboard they sat.

I thought I could make use of the bottles by putting them in the planter. They’d add height, and a little interest!   

So I started by pouring the liquid down the drain, washing off the dust they’d gathered in my cupboard, and soaking the empty bottles in a warm water, vinegar and dish soap solution for about 30 minutes.

This made the labels come off quite easily!

While they were soaking, I added a ‘fleur di lis’ with stencil I’ve had for ages and some green acrylic paint.  

Suddenly, I was going ‘french country cottage’ style.  And I liked it!  

I painted the edges of the planter in the green as well, and then roughed the whole thing up with some sand paper, cause it’s supposed to look like it’s been around a while :)

Once the bottles were dry I painted them with black chalkboard paint and let them dry.

I like it.  But it needs more, oomph.

I had some left over Spanish moss from a wreath I made earlier this year, so I threw it in there, and added the word ‘Summer’ to the bottles in what else–chalk!  One letter per bottle.  Genius!

Guess what else I can write on there???  
Yup, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’.  Brilliant!  :)
Pardon my excitement, I tend to get giddy when it comes to 
‘light bulb’ crafting moments!

I also threw in some of the mason jars and votive candles from the spring centerpiece for a little more interest.  

A little ‘french country cottage’ in suburban southern California.  Easy to make, using stuff I already had, as you know–my favorite kind of project!

Did you update your centerpiece for the summer?  

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Love it! Pretty and versatile! Good job friend!

  2. Cute!! Following you back!

  3. Your newest follower – found you on mum’s mingle party

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  4. Love this centerpiece! The painted bottles look really good, I wish we had some around the house so I could try this!

  5. Awesome centerpiece! Love that you can change it for different seasons.

  6. I love this! The dark bottles look awesome next to the light painted distressed wood.

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  7. Love this!!!

  8. Looks great as a centerpiece. Love it!! Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime’s Take it on Tuesday!!

  9. LOVE the center piece Barbara!! I love everything about it.. from the chalk bottles.. to the details on the box!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  10. Love it!! Great idea.

  11. That looks so fantastic and I love that you can change it up seasonally! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  12. So cute!!!

  13. very cute idea.. I love how it can be changed seasonally with small touches. Thanks for linking up!

  14. I really do like your tableau! I’m turning my kitchen into a French country with Fleur-de-Lis and cows. I also have quite a few liquor bottles (I don’t drink) that need something done with them! What a great and beautiful idea!

  15. Every picture on your blog is like a chocolate sundae for my eyes.

  16. i absolutely love this — following :)


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