Recently became addicted to the bottled Starbucks frapps and can't bring myself to throw out those cute little bottles. Anyone have any ideas for some kind of garden decoration/use? Tried inserting a metal encased tea light, but they won't fit through the neck (although they will fit securely in the top). All I can come up with is maybe wire/beaded hanging plant rooters...
What about a chandelier (sp)
Cut a piece of plywood or something
like that,,, round or square
Glue bottom of bottles on board
Cut a hole in center to run electric too
or use a cup hook to hold some kind of candleholder
in the center, turn upside down
Set them around a candle, wrap wire around then
to hold them together for a centerpiece
Just a couple of thoughts that I had
I just bought some to do a project with my ladies for craft night. Spray paint the bottle with regular paint or, textured or stained glass. Whap wire around the top,making a squiggly handle, leaving extra at the sides. Twist it into sprials and put beads and stuff on it, You can make a wire "bow" with beads on the ends for decoration. You can also do the whole process with raffia. Now you have a hanging vase for the door or a window.
I took a 4 pack-took the tags off, painted the pkg black and white. Filled the bottles with black and white M and Ms . This was a one time only special order. I had save the white ones from the Valentines bags-but the blacks were special and pricey..but worth it to send a Holstein "milk jugs" to my favorite niece (is a farmer).
I love the herbed vinegar idea! What a nice gift. Another thread we were talking about scented room diffusers. Those bottles would be about the right size. I don't know where you would find the reeds but Michaels must have them with the essential oils. Actually I bet you could even use the cheap chopsticks that come with carry-out. they are very soft wood.
marcia that is such a cute idea with the 6 pack of milk bottles! i know that your idea is just perfect for the farmer neice but it also seems like a cute idea that you can change up--those bottles are a nice, cute and not too big container for different candies --you mentioned the black and white m&m candy but you could fill them with red candies for valentines, green jelly bellies for st pat's, green and red kisses for christmas, red and white and blue candies for 4th of july etc--or brides colors for bridal shower (party favors), teacher gifts with candy used in the school colors, pink or blue candy for baby shower table decorations-you get the idea--
I saw in a magazine not long ago where somebody used those "icicle" Christmas lights and lined their path with bottles, poked an "icicle" of lights into each bottle, and then they had a nice lighting for their path You can bury the wire between the bottles because it doesn't have lights on it, and you can then mix the bottles too if you want, like some blue glass water or wine bottles, and even change the colours of the light bulbs. I thought it was a cute idea.
Yup..I like the Fraps myself. For the M and M, if you can get a color that you want in an mix and sort it out--cheaper by far. I think that the black ones were $10/# plus postage. Cannot trust memory. I did recently check the $$ for their special ones with messages (a couple of letters etc) for my sis's 40th anniverary...as the price would be rather a bit more than the years they have been together...I sent a card.
I like the idea though of other candy, (idea once used fell out of my head). Would make for fun Xmas 4pack with JellyBelly. M-M or those little hard pillow candies from "old time" candy counter.
Unoriginal but brings compliments: I've used these bottles for several years in my windows as rooting jars. Sometimes I put colored glass, rhinestones or old marbles in bottoms, sometimes put a small transfer on the side, sometimes leave clear. I always have fresh plants to share-basil, tropicals from indoors, just about anything that I think will root. I've lost count of how many I've shared because there's always a gift when people ask about them. A bonus was selling them at a charity bazaar at the request of a friend. I like all of these ideas too!
red hots would look good in them too--still thinking of the candy idea-
flavored ice tea mix
and since they are little capachino bottles how about a capachino mix? that would work well too i think
cut off the bottoms (carefully) - thread sockets and lamp wire through the mouths, and use them as hanging pendant lights. Might look quite spiffing bundled into a loose chandelier (gather the wires a couple inches up to keep them in a bundle).