Friday, June 8, 2012

DIY Upside Down Wine Bottle Planter

My wine bottle fascination came when I pinned the following picture from Pinterest. I looked all over the internet for a tutorial and couldn't find one anywhere! I wasn't about to give up, so I looked at the picture really close and tested it to see if it worked. Well, I figured it out and I want to share how to do it. It's really simple really, I made a post a while back about making a Hydroponic Wine Bottle Planter and it uses a similar technique. Feel free to look at the previous post to fill in the gaps.
Pic from Pinterest.
What you'll need:
  • Cleaned/empty wine bottle
  • Bottle cutter
  • Ice
  • Candle & Lighter
  • Sand paper
  • Small plant -- preferably a vine or something that grows well upside down.
  • Moss
  • Drill with small glass drill bit
  • WD-40
  • String or twill
Cutting: 1. Using the wine bottle cutter, you want to make a score line. Just go around once or twice with medium pressure. 2. Run an ice cube around the score line until cold. 3. Hold the score line about half an inch above the candle's flame and rotate until warm. 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the bottle splits. 5. Sand the edges of the bottle until smooth.

  1. Cut as directed except at the very bottom of the bottle. Be patient, sometimes it takes a couple tries. Throw out the bottom and sand along the edge of your cut so that it isn't sharp.
  2. Using the drill and small glass cutting bit, carefully drill 2 small holes, big enough to fit your string through, at the very top of the neck, preferably where it's very thick. Spray some WD-40 while your cutting it to cool down the temperature, it get's hot!
  3. Dampen the moss and stuff it up into the bottle. *When the moss dries, it will expand.*
  4. This is the tricky part, take the small plant out of it's container and size it out for the opening of the bottle, you may have to shake off some dirt. Wrap the damp moss around the dirt/root system and fit it tightly into the bottom of the bottle. You want a tight squeeze!! It surprisingly holds. I was pretty shocked!
  5. String it and hang it up! It'll look cooler as the plant grows.
The ones that we made.
Care tips: To water them, take it down and water them from the bottom. Let them sit *upside down* with the neck in a glass to drain. Don't try to hang them back up when they are soaking wet, they'll drip all over the place and I even had one fall out once.

Fun With Colored Rice

My friend Schi-Schu, as we call her, taught me how to make colored rice and the kids LOVE it! They play with it for hours, even the big kids that come over here can't keep their hands out of it. I'm not going to lie, when everyone is in bed, I even enjoy a little hand dipping in the grains. It's super easy to make, so easy in fact, I let my 3 year old wild thing do it.

First you'll want to run to the store and get these things:

  • A big old bag of the cheapest white rice that you can find.
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Cookie sheets
  • A big bin
  • Measuring cups and spoons (for the kids)

It's so simple! Fill up a bowl with the rice and pour on some food coloring. Stir it up to mix in the color. Spread the rice onto your cookie sheet and put in the oven at 250 for about 30 min. This lets the food coloring dry. You could also let it sit out in the sun. -- I mixed all of the colors in the bin to make a rainbow of rice, I've seen people do separate colors in cute little bowls, but let's be real here... I have a wild thing. We've got to keep it simple. Here's my 3 year old making colored rice:

Pouring the rice in the bowl
Stirring in the food coloring
Putting it on the cookie sheet
Blue and greeen :)
In the oven
And in the bin
He loves it!