Mistletoe and wine – without the mistletoe

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Each month over at Anything But A Card Challenges one of the Design Team takes a turn in the spotlight and hosts a mini-challenge that lasts a week. You may remember that last month it was my turn and the theme was small is beautiful. This month it is the turn of Susan, who heads up the Anything But A Card blog and is also a super talented mixed media artist and graphic designer. You can find her blog here. The theme of her spotlight challenge is “recycle it.”


I’m recycling and old wine bottle as well as using up bits and bobs of scraps from my stash and a fabulous image from The Graphics Fairy.


First I coated the bottle with PVA and then with chunky glitter and faux snow. I’ve seen people use salt crystals but they also report that eventually these turn yellow. I’m hoping that the glitter may stay icy white. Once it was dry I gave it a quick spritz of hairspray to try and prevent it from brushing off.



I love this beautiful Father Christmas image from The Graphics Fairy. I ‘ve given it a coating of crystal clear glitter and then edged it with gold Dresden trim. To adhere it to the bottle I’ve used glue gel as this can cope with the rough glittery surface.


At the top I’ve recycled some ribbons that originally came from packaging. In fact one of the pieces still had the gift tag attached. Tucked in amongst the bows is a cluster of gold berries and some red berries that came off a Christmas cracker from a few years ago.



The finishing touch were one or two glittery die-cut snowflakes which, coincidently, were left over from my  Anything But A Card Design Team piece for the next challenge which starts tomorrow (you can see what I did next Sunday!)




Once the bottle was complete, all I had to do was pop in some little fairy lights. These are tiny little battery operated ones. Tomorrow is the great outdoor light switch-on in the Beez household but I think these can be allowed to light up the rest of today!



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Mistletoe and wine – without the mistletoe — 12 Comments

  1. I really like the glitter on the bottle. I’ve never seen this done before, so I’m taking note of how you did it. Thanks for the inspiration–the results are lovely!

    • Glad you like it Roberta. I think this technique would work well on small jars that hold tea lights. Let me know if you try it.

  2. Gorgeous! Super project and I love reusing items that otherwise would be tossed in the trash. Interesting about the salt turning yellow as I’ve never read that before but good to know. Maybe it’s a reaction of the salt and the glue. Have fun at your house lighting.

    • Thank you Sandra, I will! I’m a terrible hoarder – the trouble is I hoard both rubbish and new stuff. I’m thinking of trying not to buy any new stash next year and use up what I have!

    • Thank you Kirsty – it was super easy. I got some teeny weeny lights, by Bethlehem, from QVC and it was so simple to get them in the bottle.

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