Thursday, 27 December 2012

No green bottles on the wall....

How many got perfume for Christmas? Use it up and save the bottle...
How many drank alcohol at Christmas - go rescue your bottles from the recycling bag.... 

I have been DESPERATE to have a go at altering a bottle! And as Christmas is the time for wishes to come true (well it is if you're 6 years old isn't it - cos Santa never lets you down....) I decided to make one of my own wishes come true and here is the finished article.... 

Looking at other examples of altered bottles, they all seem to be marked as 'vintage' and range from old green cough mixture bottles to any other type of old glass. 

When I bought this house the outdoor space was a field (I kid you not!) - and systematically it was cleared and turned into a garden - at the time I dug out lots of old bottles - and threw them all away! Grrrrr!!! 

So my first attempt was governed by what bottles I could lay my hands on at the present time and I decided against trying to do something with a small perfume bottle in case I made a mess of it but this is recycling at it's best - cos I used a small salad dressing bottle to experiment with...

I stuck with the vintage theme and the bottle has been covered in all lace, ribbon and trimmings from my stash box and a key and heart charm added. I also used thinned down acrylic paint to randomly give the bottom lace layer a pale pink wash.  

The lovely decoration here on the right was a present from Cindy to either 'hang on the tree or use in your art' and I thought it just looked as if it belonged on here - so please click on it for a better look and thank you Cindy.

No cork top or fancy stopper in salad dressing bottles is there so after layering with all the lace and trims I finished the top with a large pearl and crystal button from Imagine.

I can honestly say I really enjoyed making this and have saved up my 2 - (yes only TWO) -  individual little wine bottles that I had on Christmas Day to alter. 

Am submitting my little bottle into the following challenges -
C.R.A.F.T - Not a Card
Craft Your Passion - Alter It
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Ribbon/Lace
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
It's all about the Vintage - Lace Dream
Craft My Life - All Crafts Challenge
and this is my second entry into Crafty Cardmakers - inspired by the song -Time In A Bottle' 

I hope you all had a lovely Festive time over the holidays whether you celebrated Christmas or not - and I hope you like my share for today! Thanks for visiting. x


  1. Oh Viv, this really is fabulous! I adore it! Hope you're having a lovely time, Hugs, Di xx

  2. This is stunning I must try something like this thanks for playing at divas hugs Rebekah xx

  3. Wow Viv it looks fabulous, I like all the lace and the charms the decoration looks like a locket it is beautiful.
    Kevin xx

  4. Oh Viv it's lovely and I am so pleased you found a place for one of my charms in your art!! It is also a recycled object, it was originally a medal from one of our children's reading challenges at work - as you can guess I never throw anything away and was pleased to think of a way to recycle them!! And I never have any vintage stuff to alter either!! All you get in our local junk shops is, well, junk!! Happy New Year!! Cindy

  5. This is just STUNNING! LOVE all the lace and gorgeous details! Thanks for joining us again at CCM! :)

  6. Oh wow, it looks really gorgeous :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. Love this - Totally stunning. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT this week. Jeanette

  8. What an amazing piece of altered art! Really creative, lovely work! Thanks for joining It's All About The Vintage And Beauty Challenge / GDT Nonni

  9. oh wow this is so gorgeous and vintage and pretty, i love it :D

    xx coops xx

  10. That's so beautiful Viv!!

    Only two wine bottles? That's two more than I had ... does mulled wine count though, as after two large glasses of that and a Bucks Fizz I couldn't face any more - lol

    Happy New Year xx

  11. Viv it looks gorgeous, have you got any lace left? I bet it took loads, it's so worth it though it really is pretty. Hugs Teresa.

  12. You've out done yourself on this altered bottle!! Love all of the gorgeous lace and you've carried vintage beautifully.


  13. Viv, this looks so gorgeous, thank you for sharing another amazing project with us at CCM this time.

  14. Thank you for sharing your art in the "Alatered Art" Challenge at Craft Your Passion. This bottle is wonderful - how fun! I love the lace, the embellies - especially the key and the pearl top. Well done Viv!

    CYP Design Team
    Personal blog: RubberMAD

  15. I've never altered a bottle like this, it's gorgeous, and I love how you topped it off too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  16. Hello me lovely, what a beautiful little work of art, ooh your so flamin clever at all sorts you get on me wick!!!!! it is beautiful though, so I cant get away from that one"!!! thinking of you too on new years eve me lovely, it will get over bless you, and hopefully you can move on yet again to another new year, I wishyou everything good lovely lady, loads of love from me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  17. What an awesome idea! This is fabulous!! Thanks for joining us at It's all about the Vintage and Beauty :)

  18. Its gorgeous Viv! Really pretty and feminine the lace is fabulous too! Have a Happy New Year x

  19. Oh wow Viv, this is amazing! Thanks for coming back for a second entry in our song inspired challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

    You still have a few days to go for the hat trick!!! Go on, I dare you!

    Lin xx

  20. Love your altered bottle Viv, absolutely stunning!!

    Happy, happy 2013!!

  21. Wow, they are so pretty, well done !

  22. Thanks for entering our challenge a second time Viv, this is lovely. Good Luck.
    hugs Kimx

  23. Ooh Viv this is stunning, you are clever! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts challenge and hope to see you enter again soon-I love your work! Elaine-xxx-

  24. Outstanding gorgeous! Thank you for playing along with us at It's all about the Vintage "Lace Dream" Challenge. Wishes, Suzanne

  25. What a great idea, and the bottle turned out very beautiful! Thanks for entering our challenge at It's all about the vintage and beauty!


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