It's December - time to eat, drink, be merry and enjoy some festive cheer. And mulled wine. And mince pies. And glitter and sparkle and general Christmas goodness.
To celebrate a creative Christmas, our student ambassador Hannah Dickinson wants to tell us how to turn empty bottles into festive decorations. It's fun, affordable and totally on board with our #MAKEXMAS call this year - so use what you've got and transform those empty bottles into shining Christmas beacons.
What to do:
1. Clean the bottles thoroughly with warm water and soap. To remove the labels from any wine bottles, soak them in hot water with a few drops of soap for about 20 minutes. Then simply scrape or peel off the label - it's oh so satisfying!
2. Cover your work area with newspaper. No mess allowed on a landlord's carpet...(or your mum and dad's.)
3. Spray either the top or bottom half of a bottle with your chosen colour spray paint. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area, and preferably outside if you can bear the December cold!
4. Once the paint has dried, spray the other half of the bottle with the spray mount.
5. Sprinkle glitter over the area with the adhesive on, turning the bottle round and working in sections until it is covered completely. (This is easier than sprinkling glitter over the newspaper and rolling the bottle in it). Using two different colour glitters gives a really good ombre effect. If you can't use glitter at Christmas then when can you?
6. Using masking tape is also really effective. Put strips of masking tape around a bottle to create stripes, and spray the bottle in your chosen colour spray paint. Once this is dry, you can remove the masking tape to reveal some funky patterns.
If you leave any transparent sections, put fairy lights inside the bottle to bring some added magic! But remember to switch them off when you go to bed - safety first!
Put candles in the top of the bottles and let the wax drip down the side – this looks really effective and old-school.
As an alternative to glitter, Cass Art stocks intricate gold and silver flakes that would work really well instead of the glitter.
By Hannah Dickinson, Student Ambassador
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