Curved cradles turn an ordinary pantry shelf into a beverage storage center and allow you to store wine — or even water or soda — bottles on their sides without fear of them falling off the shelf. Photo courtesy of transFORM
Consumers are demonstrating their extreme oenophilia by super-sizing it with magnums and other large bottles which are highly favored in restaurant celebrations or when entertaining at home. This Spanish Aalto PS is made from Tempranillo grapes growing on 60-100-year-old vines and comes in 1.5L, 3L and 5L bottles.
Here’s a fun project for kids and grownups alike: Upcycle empty bottles to create solar garden lighting. The Solar Bottle Lantern Kit, $12.95 from Gardener’s Supply, consists of a rubber stopper with three short LED light strings attached. Just insert the light strings into a bottle of your choice and place the stopper in the top of the bottle. A small solar panel on the top charges the battery so that when dusk falls the twinkling LED lights begin to glow. Display the weatherproof project anywhere you like, year round.
Spray paint empty wine bottles gold to create your own beautiful menorah centerpiece. You’ll need one bottle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as well as a larger bottle for the Shamash candle, which is used to light the other candles.
Remove soda bottle labels and replace them with personalized labels to congratulate the grad. Choose their favorite soda or sparkling juice and decorate a bottle carrier to match the color theme, whether it’s their favorite color or school colors. Top the bottles with a mini graduation cap and tassel as a finishing detail.
Pop texture and color into any spot in the bedroom with an arrangement of bottle brush trees. These come in a wide assortment of colors and sizes. Consider using the same ones in repetition for a modern look, or gather different colors over the years for a more collected, traditional look.
Although parents are prone to using plastic when it comes to kid-safe drinkware, hardy, vintage-style milk bottles are an excellent and chic alternative. Add a classic striped straw to the bottle, and then serve pint-sized guests a healthy drink to go with their sweet treats.
Part shade and moist soil provide perfect conditions for ligularia. Historically, ligularia was a go-to perennial for moist shade, but flower spikes often towered far above leaves, creating a plant that looked out of proportion. ‘Bottle Rocket’ improves on that condition, unfurling bright yellow flowers that stand just above leaves. When the plant blooms, it appears to be hoisting a sunny bouquet. Deer-resistant plants grow 28 to 34 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
For the wine connoisseurs, select your favorite bottle for guests to write on with a gold or silver permanent marker. When you open it is up to you – but it could be a neat memory to open the bottle on your first anniversary. Once the bottle is empty, rinse with soap and water, let it dry and display it on a mantel or bookshelf as a keepsake.