On Chai and Home, I feature a lot of beautiful decorative pieces for all occasions. Some of these are affordable, some not. If you are on a budget, here is one really easy idea using a typical string of holiday lights and old wine bottles.
1. Wine bottle. A wine bottle of any color will do. I never noticed how many different greens wine bottles came in until I did this project. To use your wine bottle, it must to be empty (the fun part) and then you have to remove the labels. To remove the label, soak the bottle in the sink with warm, soapy water. After about 30 mins, the label should remove easily. Some labels are easier to remove than others.
2. Lights. I use the Battery-operated mini LED Lights in Warm White ($9.95). I bought mine from Target during the holidays, but sites like PartyLights.com have them year round. I use these lights for EVERYTHING, so I can’t say enough how much I like them. I use them on the sideboard for Hanukkah, as a part of dinner table centerpieces, etc. They take 4 AA batteries.
3. Insert lights. All you have to do is stuff the lights in the wine bottle. They go in pretty easy, but at the end you may have to use a chopstick or other stick to poke them though. To make the wire behave outside of the bottle, tape it down with Scotch tape. Then…
Turn them on!
Although these pictures were taken during the day, these luminaries are best seen at night. They are appropriate for Tu B’Shevat or in the Sukkah, really anytime you have an informal theme going on.
What do you think? Cheap? Cheerful? Or did I just empty too many wine bottles!