Looking for an original and fun Advent decorating idea? In the mood for an easy and quick craft project that will result in a lovely alternative Advent wreath? Let me show you how to make this DIY Advent Decor featuring milk bottles.
Good day everyone!
It is here!
That time is here!
That time that I go into overdrive and try to blog for 12 Days straight: 12 Days of Christmas decorations.
I don’t know why I do that to myself…
Ah, who am I kidding. It is fun. And at the end of it, my whole house is decorated for Christmas and I can sit back, do nothing but stare into the candle light.
Speaking of candle light…
The project of the day is all about candles…
A day late, but I just couldn’t start without a little Advent decoration. So here is this year’s version of an Advent wreath: my DIY Advent Decor featuring Milk Bottles
This one turned out very cute, if I say so myself. Didn’t start out this way, though. I had this beautiful idea and vision in my head. I started doing it, taking a thousand How-To-Pictures in the process, fully counting on giving you an awesome tutorial.
And it was turning out so cool, and exactly as I planned. And than the final step was curing the project in the oven, so I did!
And then I went on to do other stuff, and I forgot about the oven…
And I burned my project…..
Beyond possible repair……
So plan B it was.
When I was in town looking for replacement supplies, I stumbled across these:
Not the prettiest bottle, but good base material. I love the wide-mouth milk bottle.
So plan B was: to cheat a little and prettify a ready-bought bottle.
And this is how they turned out.
How to Make a DIY Advent Decor Featuring Milk Bottles
These are the steps I took to come from the before bottle on the left to the after bottle on the right.
- I painted the cork on the original bottle white.
- I added washi tape to the tea light holder.
- I made small paper tags with numbers to replace the pine cones.
If you want to see more Easy and Fun DIY Advent Decorations, then just click that link.
How to Make the Numbered Advent Tags
To make the tags I added a line of glitter glue to some extra small packaging tags.
I then punched a circle out of white cardboard. And painted the edge black with a Sharpie.
The numbers are old scratch-off numbers that I added in the center.
From a distance, these paper tags look just like vintage enamel tags.
(PS I once faked vintage enamel tags before, you can see them on this Advent Table Decoration)
And then all I had to do was prettify the vignette.
If you want to make something similar, I suggest using wide-mouth bottles and looking for tea light holders/tea light picks in the floral arranging department. Those are little tea light holders with a pick underneath, usually used in wreaths. You could bend a little hook on that pick and dangle your little ornament/tag/number from it. (sorry searched high and low but did not find a source for them online).
That little tea light was burning all day yesterday (well, I had to replace it from time to time, of course), celebrating the first Advent.
Happy Advent to you all!
The season has officially started. And I am getting ready for it!
And now I must run!
I have 11 more projects to finish!
This is my fourth year that I have done a little DIY Advent Decor. I guess that is a tradition in and of itself.
Here are the previous ones:
So I will see you tomorrow, and don’t forget to go visit my friends and see how they have kicked off this series! I promise you they have done good!
I have found some more Holiday projects that are perfect for starting the Christmas decorating frenzy.
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.