A few weeks ago, I did a post about wine bottle table numbers. Since then, I’ve had the chance to play around with the idea and I’ve come up with a final product that we really like. They are easy, cheap, and (in my humble opinion) pretty freakin’ gorgeous.
- Wine bottles (see previous post about removing labels)
- Lace trim, between ½” inch and 2” (I used about 1” width), cut into 10” lengths, 2 per bottle
- Oil-based paint pen in color(s) of your choice (these sell for between $3 and $4 each, but you can get coupons for Michael’s or Joann Fabrics)
- Modge podge
Tips: It’s key to use oil-based rather than water-based paint pens for this project so that you don’t have to worry about water washing your numbers away. The type of lace you use makes a big difference, too. Luckily, the cheap laces work best–the kind with the net-type backing, not the thicker fabric lace. The thicker stuff doesn’t like to stick to the bottle as well. The lace that I used cost only $1.99/yard at Joann Fabrics, and you could use a coupon on top of that. Also, the 10” measurement listed above is a good starting point, but measure the circumference of the wine bottles that you are using to be sure, since there is some variation amongst different brands.
Step 1: Grab an old bowl and mix some modge podge with a little water to thin it out.
Step 2: Use a piece of chalk to mark off where you will position your lace strips on the bottle. The strips will wrap around the bottle so that they are above and below the spot where you’ll be drawing your table number.
Step 3: Using your paint pen, draw your table number. I used a medium point white Sharpie paint pen, and that worked well for me. I was able to outline a number (2 per bottle–one on each side) and fill it in, then do a little scrollwork on the edges. Let the paint dry to the touch.
Step 4: Soak two of your 10-inch lace strips in the modge podge mixture. Pull them out one at a time, and run them between your fingers to remove drips. Then, simply wrap one strip around the bottle near the base, and the other around the bottle near the neck. Let dry.
That’s it! Since you used an oil-based pen, you can use the bottle as a vase and not worry about a little splashing. These come together quickly and are super cheap, and you could do variations such as a ribbon or strip of burlap in place of the lace. Enjoy!