“Charming” Wine Bottle Tag

It’s “Barbecue Week” here at Made by the C. With summer in full swing, and Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to design some projects with backyard barbecues in mind. Between today and next Tuesday, I will be featuring three different ideas of what to make and/or bring to a barbecue, and how to package it up. Whether you are hosting or traveling to a get-together, I hope that you will find some inspiration during this 3-part series.

It’s always nice to bring a hostess gift in addition to your food contribution to a get-together, and you can’t go wrong with a nice bottle of wine. So, for my first project, I designed a unique wine bottle tag that will set your bottle apart from others. After all, you know what they say, “It’s all in the packaging”!

I’m going to be using the very first stamp set I ever bought on this tag. I know I’m going to be dating myself, but I purchased this set back in 2005. It’s long since been retired, but it is still one of my favorite sets and I look forward to using it every summer.

Wine Tag supplies_1.jpg

The images are perfect for barbecue- themed projects, and I have never seen another set with images as versatile as these since then.

As you can see in the picture above, I chose a red, white, and blue color scheme, and I made 4 different oven mitts, which will become the stars of this tag.

Wine Tag start_1

With the top part of the tag completed, it’s now time to focus on turning these 4 oven mitts into wine charms, which will get attached to the middle part of the tag. I took hoop earring wires that I purchased at my local craft store, along with a few additional supplies, and turned them into wine charms.

Wine Charm supplies_1.jpg

The one thing that I discovered is that you need to use a jump ring to attach the oven mitt to the hoop earring wire, in order to get the mitt to lay flat.

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Once all four wine charms were completed, it was time to finish up the tag. I added more gingham paper to the bottom of the tag, and threaded some white baker’s twine through some punched holes. I tied the wine charms on to the tag with the twine, wrapped some coordinating paper around the wine bottle, and my project was done.

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I am in love with how this turned out! The tag with the wine charms would make a great gift by itself, but put it on a bottle of wine, and you are sure to impress your hostess! This tag would make even a cheap bottle of wine look like a million bucks. It truly is all in the packaging!

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure that you come by on Friday for part two of this series. Enjoy the rest of your week, and, as always, remember:

“May the waves kiss your feet; the sand be your seat; and your friends out-number the stars.”




Pinterest and a Paint Brush

My latest projects all started with a bench and Pinterest.

Before Bench picture

I bought this bench to sit on our side porch, and while the fit was perfect; the color was not.  So, the first order of business was to re-paint it.

Bench re-painted x 2

What a difference a coat of paint makes–it doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture! The bench looks so clean and fresh, and it creates the perfect spot to sit on the porch. Now I need to dress it up and make it even more welcoming, and this is where Pinterest comes in. After all, there is no better place than Pinterest to search for ideas and options on anything and everything!

As is so often the case with Pinterest, not only did I find a great project idea for the bench, but I also found several others that I wanted to make–all using chalkboard paint. Let me show you how I transformed a suitcase, a mason jar, and a metal tray.

Items pre-paint

Let’s start with the mason jar.  I have a small window at the bottom of my stairs, and I had been looking for some type of nautical decoration to put on the ledge.  When I ran across directions to paint a mason jar with a striped pattern using chalkboard paint, I knew my search was over.  I followed the directions exactly, using Americana Decor’ Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting and Vintage colors. Once the jar was painted, I completed the nautical theme by adding some rope around the neck of the jar, creating a tag with “from sea to shining sea” on it, and filling the jar with driftwood pieces.

Finished Mason Jar

I love how this turned out–it’s even better than I imagined it would be! I love the colors and the stripes, but my favorite part is the distressing of the words on the jar, which is accomplished by rubbing sand paper over the lettering after the painting is complete. Here is a better picture of the distressing, and also a close-up of the tag:

Jar close-up

Jar Tag

I cut the tag shape out of vintage paper, and the wording is computer-generated. Before I move on to the metal tray, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of the jar on the window ledge. I can’t help but smile every time I walk by it!

Jar on window ledge

wide angle jar shot

Now, on to the metal tray. During my Pinterest search, I came across a picture of a tray that had been transformed into a message board of sorts, with the help of chalkboard paint.  I liked the idea, so I decided to give it a try.  I started by spray painting the entire tray in an aqua color, and then I painted the bottom of the tray again with several coats of black chalkboard paint.

Finished tray

I was curious to see whether the chalkboard paint would actually work like a “real” chalkboard, and it absolutely does.  I can see myself using this tray for all kinds of different occasions, like this summer drink station.

I’ve saved the best for last, as it is the transformation of the suitcase that I am most excited about.  When I came across a picture of a vintage suitcase turned into a welcome sign, I knew that’s what I wanted to put on my bench.  You can find these little suitcases all over–craft as well as home goods stores–and they come in all sorts of colors and themes.  I chose this suitcase for it’s sea glass color scheme as well as the ocean life images.  I painted a patch in the center of one side of the suitcase with the same black chalkboard paint, and here’s the result:

Finished suitcase

I was worried that the paint wouldn’t adhere to the smooth, glossy surface of the suitcase, but after letting it cure for 3 days, the paint was permanent. Now let me show you how this suitcase looks on the bench:

suitcase on porch bench

This is exactly what my bench needed, and it creates a unique and warm welcome to all of our guests. Who could ask for more?!

If you want more information and/or instructions on any of these projects, please check out my Pinterest board.

Happy 4th of July to each and every one of you, and, as always, remember:

“May the waves kiss your feet, / the sand be your seat, / and your friends out-number the stars.”