Whether you’re stuck inside during the hurricane with nothing to do but drink (and “work from home”), or just happen to have a whole bunch of empty bottles, you can make these easy projects even if the power goes out.
1. Decorate a bottle with washi tape to make a pretty, easy vase:
All hail washi tape, supreme ruler of craft supplies.
2. Wrap them in twine or yarn:
Apply glue in sections starting from the bottom of the bottle up, wrapping the twine or yarn as you go.
3. Paint bottles and use the twine just around the neck for a more nautical look:
Instructions from A Smith of All Trades.
4. Make a lamp:
The obvious irony here is that you won’t be able to test if it works until the power comes back on, but it’ll give you something to look forward to (besides the sweet knowledge of your own survival). Find out how at Instructables; use hardware from an old lamp you don’t like anymore instead of buying new stuff from the hardware store.
5. Decorate for Halloween:
Instructions available here.
6. Use nail polish to paint more intricate designs:
Some tips for painting with polish here. You might want to use a smaller bottle, like one for beer or soda, since the nail polish might run out quicker than you’d think. Also, be careful of fumes!
7. Or use Sharpie:
8. Make chalkboard bottles:
You can write ANYTHING YOU WANT on them, like swear words or Justin Bieber’s name. Find out how to make them here. You’ll need chalkboard paint if you don’t already have it lying around.
9. Wrap a bottle in tape before painting it to achieve this cool negative-space effect.
Varying the width of the tape strips will make the pattern appear random, like in this example, and you could also create stripes or some kind of picture with evenly spaced tape. Spray paint works best for this project, but if you don’t have any on hand, any white paint will do.
10. Why stop at a vase? Use newspaper to make a bouquet of flowers that will never, ever die.
Cut a rectangular piece of newspaper that’s about twice as long as the bottle. Wrap and secure around the bottle and cut the remaining newspaper at the top into strips around 1 1/2 inches wide. Run the edge of a scissor blade firmly but gently along each strip in order to curl it. Acknowledge that you’ve gone a little insane if you’re already attempting to recreate living things out of your own garbage.
11. Once you’ve figured out how to cut bottles safely, experiment with the angle:
You could cut around the base of the neck for a modern-looking container.
12. Or remove the necks entirely to make tumblers:
This project definitely requires sanding down the cut edges with an emery board or sandpaper, since you’ll presumably be bringing them near your face.
13. Again: You have wine. You have candles. Voilá, you have art.
If your candle is too wide to fit in the neck of your bottle, melt the bottom of the candle with another one. Melting the wax slightly will also help it stick better.