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People have been making marmalade with oranges for centuries. And in all that time, not much has changed in the marmalade recipe. The Romans were some of the first people to make what we’d call marmalade today, with one recipe noted down in the first century. But it wasn’t until the 18th century that the orange marmalade recipe was fixed in its most familiar form. English cookbooks of this period are the first to mention the familiar ‘jelly’ that’s a central part of modern marmalade. From here, it wasn’t long until orange marmalade became the staple of the breakfast table that it is today.

How to Make Marmalade

Marmalade Recipe

Making marmalade with oranges requires very few ingredients and even less equipment. For this recipe you’ll want to have these ingredients to hand:

  • 1kg of Oranges
  • Juice from 2 Lemons
  • 2kg of granulated sugar
  1. Firstly place the oranges and the lemon juice into a pan. Fill the pan with 2 litres of water, ensuring the oranges are fully submerged. Now bring the pan to boil, and leave it covered and simmering for a couple of hours. If you can easily pierce the orange peel with a fork, that’s a sign they’re ready.
  2. Next you will want to warm the sugar on a low oven setting. Then pour the cooking water from your pan into another jug, tipping the oranges into a different bowl. The cooking water can now go back into the pan, whilst the oranges cool in the bowl. Once the oranges are cooler, cut them in half and scoop out all the pith and pips, adding them into the pan.
  3. Simmer the pan for 6 minutes, before sieving the entire mixture into a bowl. Remember to press through the pulp. You can now dice up the orange peel. Then, take the mixture, the peel, and the warmed sugar and add them all together in the pan. Over a low heat, stir the complete mix for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Now bring the pan to boil for around 20 minutes, until the contents reach their setting point.
  4. Now you can take the pan off the heat. There may be scum on the surface, which you can easily skim off. You can also dissolve this scum by adding a small amount of butter and giving the mix a gentle stir. Allow the marmalade to cool in the pan for just over 15 minutes. And that’s our marmalade recipe done.

Storing Your Marmalade in Style

With the marmalade cooled, it’s ready to be eaten. But it’s unlikely you’ll want to tuck in straight away. Instead, you’ll want to store it, whether for breakfast or for sale. For this you’ll want jars to sterilize, why not use one from the Bonta range? Sleek and modern in design, yet easy to fill and label!

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Candles are one of the easiest and most satisfying pieces of home décor you can create yourself. Candle making is an extremely rewarding activity, allowing you to design home décor items that are attractive, practical and easy to customise.

Making your own candle can save money, allow you to choose interesting ingredients, and is better for the environment than many store-bought brands. A homemade candle has a wide range of uses, from lighting in the event of a power blackout to ambient lighting to set the mood for a romantic evening. Best of all candle making is very easy, great as a hobby, to sell or for gift giving. Here is our guide to making your own candle at home.

Ingredients

  • A package of candle wax.
  • A package of large candle wicks.
  • A bottle of fragrance oil.
  • Spatula.
  • Heat-proof container.
  • Double boiler pot.
  • Thermometer.
  • A pair of chopsticks or pencils.


Making Your Own Candle

        1. Before you begin making your candle, ensure the surface you intend to work on is flat and clean. Lay down a protective covering such as newspaper if necessary and make sure your work surface is clear.
        2. Measure out the correct amount of wax you need to fill your container. You will need to double this amount to get the proper measurement of wax needed to melt.
        3. Pour the wax into the double boiler pot and melt it for a period of up to 15 minutes. Stir frequently throughout the process.
        4. Once the wax has melted, add the fragrance oil to the mixture and stir it in for a few seconds.
        5. Attach your large candle wick to the bottom of the heat-proof container. You can do this by either supergluing it or dipping it in the molten wax and quickly sticking it to the bottom, letting it harder for five minutes.
        6. Let the wax in the pot cool for a few minutes, then measure the temperature with your thermometer. Once the temperature of the wax reads 60C, it is time for the next step.
        7. Slowly pour the molten wax into the candle jar with the wick attached. Make sure to hold the wick upwards while being careful not to pull on it. Leave a small amount of wax in the pot for topping off later.
        8. To ensure your wick stays in place, secure it with two chopsticks or pencils laid across the top of the container. Bring the sticks together so they hold the wick in place in the centre of the container.
        9. Allow the wax to cool for four hours at room temperature. If any cracks or holes appear in the hardened candle, reheat the remaining wax in your pot and pour it over the affected areas.
        10. Once done, cut the wick so that it is just under 1.5 cm long. If the candle flickers when lit or the flame is too tall, trim the wick further.

 

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When purchasing a bottle in the liquor aisle, sloe gin might not be your first choice. But it’s a wonderful drink when you make your own or receive a bottle of this homemade liqueur. Sloe berries come from the blackthorn tree and are also known as blackthorn berries.

Gin generally has beautiful herbal flavours with bright floral notes. Made with juniper berries, the alcohol content averages around 40% ABV. Sloe berries are slightly tart, and they balance the flavour of the gin with a light almond taste. The ABV of the finished sloe bottle is usually in the region of 25% ABV.

This type of gin is often spiced up with some cinnamon and vanilla. Sip it warm on a winter’s day and it’s like heaven in a glass. Hence it is often associated with Christmas and makes a thoughtful Christmas gift. Present it in a good quality spirit bottle, and you have a beautiful gift idea.

What You Need

  • 1 lb (450g) of ripe sloe berries
  • 1 lb (450g) of granulated sugar
  • 1 litre of gin (the quality depends on your budget)
  • 1 sterilised 1-litre glass bottle
  • 1 tight-fitting plastic screw cap


How to Make Sloe Gin at Home

        1. Before you begin, sterilise the glass bottle and lid. The easiest way to do this is to wash them both in hot soapy water and then rinse them with piping-hot water. Allow the bottle and lid to dry before using them.
        2. Use ripe sloe berries to ensure you get the most flavour. Wash and pick over the berries, making sure to remove all the twigs and leaves. Pat the berries dry with a dry cloth.
        3. Prick the sloe berries with a fork to help release the juice and place them in the glass bottle.
        4. Add the sugar and the gin and seal the bottle.
        5. Shake well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
        6. Store your bottle in a cool, dark place for at least 3 months. The longer you leave it, the better the result.
        7. Strain the mixture through a square of muslin or a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the solids and decant your gin into a dry, clean bottle and add a label.
        8. You are ready to enjoy your homemade sloe gin, or you can allow it to improve and mature.

Tips For Making Sloe Gin

    • Your result will depend on many factors, one of these being the quality of your gin. Try to use a high-quality gin to get the most flavour.
    • Sloe gin-making requires time, and the longer you take, the better. Let your mixture mature for up to months to get the best results.
    • Sloe gin making is similar to baking. While you now have a sloe gin recipe, you should alter it to your tastes.
    • Enjoy your gin neat over ice, or use it in cocktails. It will keep for up to 2 years if you store it correctly in a quality spirit bottle in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep it in your fridge.

 

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Sparkling mead is a delicious beverage at any time of the year. It makes for a refreshing cool drink in the summer months and can feel warm and inviting in the winter. The other great thing about mead, sparkling or otherwise, is that it is easy to create at home. All you need to make excellent homemade mead is the right equipment and ingredients. Here is our guide to creating your own sparkling mead at home.

What You Need

  • A container such as a carboy for fermentation. The container should have an airlock with a drilled rubber stopper.
  • A second large container.
  • Hydrometer
  • Siphoning hose.
  • Strong bottles for handling carbonation, such as beer and cider bottles.
  • Strong bottle seals such as Champagne corks.
  • 12 cups of distilled or spring water.
  • 1.4kg of honey.
  • 5g of yeast.
  • 1/2 tsp of yeast energiser
  • 1/2 tsp of yeast nutrient
  • 3/4 tsp of Potassium Sorbate

 

How to Make Sparkling Homemade Mead

  1. Sanitise all equipment. Avoid using bleach as this can ruin the fermentation process.
  2. Add four cups of hot water to your container followed by 1.25kg of honey. Mix the honey and water well.
  3. Add eight cups of cold water to the mixture and stir to create a must.
  4. Add the yeast energiser and yeast nutrient to the must and stir gently until dissolved.
  5. Take a cup of the must and pour in the yeast. Stir it gently and let it sit for 15 minutes. Once it starts to foam, pour the contents of the cup back into the container. Close the container and seal the airlock.
  6. The mead will begin fermenting within a few hours. Make sure the container remains at room temperature for the mead to ferment properly.
  7. After 10 days or so you should notice the bubbling start to slow down. Siphon the contents of the container into a second container, making sure not to siphon any leftover sediment.
  8. Measure the mead with your hydrometer. If the sugar level is above 2 Brix, add another ½ tsp of yeast energiser and let it ferment further.
  9. Keep measuring the sugar level until it reaches zero or close to that amount. If it is still too high, keep adding more yeast energiser and yeast nutrients and continue fermentation.
  10. Once fermentation is complete, siphon the mead back into the first container. Clean the second container of any remaining sediment and siphon the mead back into it.
  11. Add the Potassium Sorbate to the mead. This will prevent any further fermentation from taking place.
  12. Taste the mead. If you wish to make it sweeter, add more honey.
  13. Before bottling your mead, add around 2/3 cup of honey per bottle to make it sparkling.
  14. Bottle your mead, seal the bottles, and enjoy it when you are ready.

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A reed diffuser is a wonderful way to fill your indoor space with alluring scents and aromas, without the risk that open flames pose. Many reed diffusers available on the market come with a hefty price tag. However, there is a simple way to make a good quality homemade reed diffuser that works just as well as any store-bought one. Here is our guide to making your own homemade reed diffuser.

 

Materials Needed

To make your own reed diffuser, you will need the following:

  • A bottle with a narrow opening to slow down evaporation, such as our Cubic Diffuser Bottle with Silver Lid.
  • Mineral oil such as almond oil or safflower oil. This will form the base fluid for your diffuser.
  • Essential oils for fragrance. Make sure your oils are pet safe before usage.
  • Diffuser reeds are made from bamboo or rattan.

 

Making Your Homemade Reed Diffuser

  1. Pour the mineral oil into your decorative glass bottle in half-cup increments.
  2. Add between 30 and 50 drops of essential oils for each half cup of mineral oil into the glass.
  3. Stir the oils to mix them in thoroughly.
  4. Insert between five and eight diffuser reeds in the bottle. Flip each stick after an hour once the end is half saturated.
  5. To increase the scent, keep flipping the reeds at least once a week and replace the oil mixture monthly.

 

Benefits of Reed Diffusers

  • Unlike scented candles, there is no flame or heat involved with reed diffusers. This makes them a much safer alternative in the home.
  • Incense and candles require you to keep lighting them whenever you need to use them. Reed diffusers last all day and night, and only need changing around once a week.
  • Incense burners create smoke which can be unpleasant and unhealthy. Reed diffusers achieve the same purpose without creating any smoky by-products.
  • Both candles and incense burners make a mess, whether it be wax or ash. Reed diffusers are a much cleaner alternative to both.
  • Sprayed scents carry unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals. Reed diffusers are free of all such aerosols.
  • Unlike electric or battery-powered diffusers, reed diffusers can be used anywhere and at any time without the need for external power.
  • Plugin fragrance diffusers often heat the ingredients, which can damage the oil inside. Reed diffusers require no heating, so the ingredients are protected.

 

Ideas for Seasonal Diffuser Blends

  • Autumn – As the weather gets cooler, use juniper berry, balsam, cardamom, cedarwood, and cinnamon essential oils for a cosy atmosphere.
  • Winter – Warm up the home with a mix of juniper berry, spruce, patchouli, douglas fir, and cedarwood essential oils.
  • Spring – Create a fresh floral mix of lavender, citrus, geranium, jasmine, and cedarwood essential oils.
  • Summer – Give your home a sense of life and warmth with a combination of lavender, bergamot, magnolia, and lemon essential oils.

 

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Bottles make a great gift idea, especially if you have filled them with your own homemade wine, jam, or reed diffuser. A decorated bottle can be an excellent way to enhance the look of your gift. Not only can they make gifts look even more special, but they can also be kept as a keepsake or reused. Here are a few of our ideas for wine bottle decorations.

Lace Trim Bottles

For a touch of elegance, add some lace-trim fabric to your bottle. This makes for a great centrepiece at social gatherings and weddings. Simply wrap the fabric around the bottle, secure the ends with glue, and cut it to the length and shape you prefer. You can enhance the look even further by adding white paint to the inside and creating a streaky effect on your decorated bottle.

Glitter Wine Bottle Decorations

Give your bottle a sparkly makeover with some gold and silver glitter. Scrub your bottle with sandpaper, then get some paper, lay out your glitter mix, spray adhesive onto the bottle, and roll it over the glitter until completely covered. Do this until your bottle is completely covered in eye-catching glitter. Add a Wine Bottle Stopper to finish.

Painted Bottles

Another simple but effective way to create glass bottle decorations is to give them a makeover with paint. First, spray paint the bottles with white paint and let them dry. Next, choose an acrylic paint in a colour of your choosing and paint the tops and bottoms of each bottle. This gives them a classy effect that will look good as a vase or centrepiece.

Chalkboard Bottles

Adding writing to your bottles offers many possibilities. You can use them for table numbering, advertising or simply for inspirational messages and well-wishes to friends. Spray the bottle with chalk paint spray and let it dry. Then, write your message on the bottle using a liquid chalk pen, or simply old-fashioned chalk.

Pendant Decorated Bottles

Cover your bottle with colourful glass gems to create a unique decoration. Sand the outside of your bottle, then add a small amount of glue to the area above the bottom rim. Place your first glass gem and hold it in place until the glue takes a firm grip. Repeat this process for the rest of the bottle up to the neck. Once done, you can use the bottle as a lamp, candle holder or decorative centrepiece.

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Too many people end up throwing their glass bottles away when they are finished using them, however, there is no need to waste this good quality glass since you can reuse them in a number of ways. So, here is our guide to some creative glass bottle ideas for craft enthusiasts.

Homemade Decorations

Apply some paint, Epsom salts and glue, and you can turn your old bottle into a piece of homemade décor. Just follow these steps:

  1. Have an empty bottle ready with any labels removed.
  2. Paint your bottles in any colour you choose. Aim for two coats to avoid streaking.
  3. Once the paint has dried, apply crafting glue to your bottles.
  4. Pour Epsom salts onto some paper and roll the bottles over the salts.
  5. Add branches, candles, or other decorative items to your new homemade decorative bottle.

Oil Lamps

This simple idea turns your old bottles into homemade tiki torches. To achieve this, follow these steps:

  1. Fill an empty bottle with crafting pebbles up to a third of the way full.
  2. Insert a tiki refill wick into a brass coupling of size 3/8” or 1/4”.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with tiki fuel.
  4. Insert the coupling with wick into the bottle.
  5. Light the wick.

Bird Feeder

Turn your empty bottles into a wooden feeder that filters out seeds bit by bit. Do the following:

  1. Find an empty bottle. The more colourful and eye-catching the bottle, the more likely it will be to attract birds.
  2. Construct a normal bird feeder around the size of the bottle.
  3. Once the feeder housing is completed, mount the bottle upside down and hold it in place with wire. Use washers and screws to ensure the bottle is held tight.
  4. Secure an L shaped hook at the bottom of the feeder, positioned so the hook lip is under the tip of the bottle.
  5. Fill the bottle with birdseed using a funnel and place it back in its holdings. The seed will come out slowly as the birds feed on it.

Spray Bottles

While plastic can leech harmful chemicals, glass bottles can handle a range of sprays. Try the following:

  1. Find an empty glass bottle with a grooved mouth for screw-on caps. Bottles for mineral water, vinegar and beverages are best for this.
  2. Remove the nozzle from your plastic spray bottle and apply it to the glass bottle.
  3. Pour in the cleaning product and use.

Storage Canisters

One of the simplest and most convenient uses for old bottles is for storage purposes. Do the following:

  1. Find an empty, unlabelled bottle and clean it thoroughly.
  2. Place tape above and below the section where you want the new label to go.
  3. Apply two thin coats of chalkboard paint to the bottle.
  4. Remove the tape and clean the edges with a razor blade or knife.
  5. Fill the bottle with the product you wish to store (sweets, rice, dried pasta, etc).
  6. Use chalk to write a label on the chalkboard paint. This can be washed off easily if you decide to use the bottle for something else.

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For a drink that truly embodies the season of spring, elderflower champagne is at the top of the list. This bubbly and lightly alcoholic beverage has been a favourite for generations due to its delicate yet refreshing taste. It doesn’t take much to brew your own elderflower champagne at home. So, to get you started, here is our guide to making elderflower champagne.

What You Need for Making Elderflower Champagne

  • Around 7 to 8 clusters (1 pint) of elderflowers. Double this amount for small clusters.
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • 2 large lemons.
  • 1 tsp of wine tanning.
  • 2½ pounds of sugar or honey.
  • 1 tsp of yeast nutrient.
  • 1 sachet of champagne/wine yeast.
  • 4 cups of boiling water.
  • 12 cups of cold water.

Adding Your Ingredients

  1. Gather flowers from an elderflower tree. Make sure to avoid picking elderflowers from a tree near the road as these may be contaminated. Also, avoid any elderflowers near the ground just in case animals have marked their territory there.
  2. Gather all your ingredients together. Do not wash your elderflowers as they have natural yeast that aids in the fermentation process. Simply remove the flowers from the stalks and shake off any insects.
  3. Add the elderflowers into the container and cover them with sugar or honey.
  4. Remove the yellow rind from both lemons being careful to leave the pith. Add the rind to the mixture in the container. Juice the remaining lemons and add them to the container as well.
  5. With the mixture of elderflowers, lemon rind, lemon juice and sugar/honey in the container, pour in the boiling water. Stir until the mixture is completely dissolved.
  6. Add the cold water followed by wine tanning and stir. Follow it up with vinegar and continue to stir.
  7. Cover the container and leave it to cool down for a few hours until it reaches a temperature of around 20C.
  8. Once sufficiently cooled, add the yeast nutrient and champagne/wine yeast to the mixture. Stir gently.
  9. Cover the container and leave it in an area at room temperature for four days, making sure to stir the mixture once a day.

Making the Champagne

  1. After four days you should notice signs of fermentation, in particular a frothy liquid coating on top. If not, add ¼ sachet of yeast and let it sit for another two days, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour the mixture into another container through a finely meshed sieve to strain out the flowers and rind. Remove the sieve and gently squeeze out any remaining juice.
  3. Use a funnel to transfer your brew into bottles. Make sure the bottles are designed for carbonation or they may explode due to pressure from the fermentation process. Use a screw or flip tops if possible as cork stopper tops are likely to pop out due to the pressure. Make sure there is a small amount of space between the brew and the rim of the bottle before securing the top.
  4. Leave your bottles at room temperature for a week, making sure to open them briefly once a day to relieve the pressure. Afterwards, move them to a refrigerator for another week while continuing to open them once a day.
  5. Enjoy your elderflower champagne, especially in the summer months.

 

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While wine has been made for thousands of years, the use of yeast for fermentation is much more recent. Wine makers over time observed the fermentation process at work but did not know what caused it. It was not until the 1850s when French scientist Louis Pasteur discovered that microscopic yeast cells converted the sugars in the mixture into alcohol. Since then, wine making yeast has been used to improve the quality of many different wines. So, what are the benefits of using it and how can we best apply it when winemaking. Here is our guide.

Why Use Wine Making Yeast?

As wine was made without the addition of yeast for thousands of years, why is it used so commonly now? Firstly, wine making is much more prone to failure without the use of it. Throughout the years wine would be susceptible to bad batches that had mould or were cloudy and vinegary. The second reason is because the design of modern strains help get the most out of wine quality.

However, not all winemakers use yeast, some still prefer to let their wine ferment naturally with wild, native yeasts. While this can result in good batches of wine, this process can come with many risks. Using yeast specifically developed for wine will ensure not only the maximum amount of alcohol is produced, but with the best flavours and aromas.

Making a Yeast Starter

If you want to get a head start on the fermentation process when making wine, using a yeast starter is a great choice. Here is one way to make a one:

  1. Use a small portion of juice. This can be from any existing unfermented wine juice you have available. Otherwise, you can use natural juice obtained from fruits or store bought juice providing it contains no preservatives. If the juice is unpasteurised then boil and cool it before use in order to sterilise it.
  2. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of yeast and two teaspoons of sugar for every pint of juice. Each pint of yeast starter will be useful for five gallons of wine.
  3. Over the next few days the wine starter will start to foam. Once this fermentation process peaks, add the starter to the wine juice. This is the optimum time to add the starter for best results.
  4. As you add the starter to the wine juice, gently swirl the sediment up from the bottom first. This will ensure that you use the entire supply of yeast starter.

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Bottle decoration has become a hugely popular craft in recent years. It’s great for the environment, too, as it’s created a new purpose for all those unwanted glass bottles. The concept of decorative wine bottles isn’t new; we’ve been sticking seashells to bottle containers and turning them into lamps for donkey’s years. But new ideas and materials have brought the craft glittering into the 21st century.

At The Bottle Jar Store, we’ve been supplying glass containers for every purpose since 2011. Whether it’s for:

We’ve got a range of empty bottles at affordable prices for many different projects.

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Let’s read further into other creative ideas on exciting things you can do with glass bottles.

Light in a bottle

What we used to call fairy lights have come a long way in recent times. New products like microwire string lights have opened up fresh opportunities for crafters. If you’re planning to put lights inside your creations, clear glass bottles are ideal. Some old fashioned glitter and a string of microlights will turn a plain bottle into a thing of beauty. They make fantastic gifts and can be decorated in a theme to suit the person receiving them.

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Painted bottles

The only boundary is your imagination when it comes to decorative spirit or wine bottles. Paint can be used on bottle decoration in several exciting ways. For example, spray paint used either alone or with a stencil can create stunning effects. Make sure you have enough space to work in, and if you can do it outside, even better. So why not try dipping the neck of a bottle in paint, then standing it up and letting it drip. It creates an enchanting echo of those candle-in-a-bottle days.

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Decoupage

No exploration of glass bottle art ideas would be complete without mentioning decoupage. The possibilities of this paste-on technique are endless, from old maps to floral cut-outs. Once you’ve chosen your images, glue them to the bottle using a PVA adhesive or similar product. Once dry, put another coat of PVA on top. You can add additional decorative touches using paint, such as a gold leaf. The finished effect is delightful and can be themed for birthdays, weddings or seasonal events. Imagine what you could create for Halloween!

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The Candle Effect

Candles create a warm, romantic gesture and fill the air with the elegant aroma of vintage wax. If the glass bottleneck is large enough, you can place tea lights into the base and devise a therapeutic atmosphere. Tall slim candles can also be placed in the neck of some bottles. However, it is recommended that a plate be used to catch the dripping wax. Here are our top five homely bottle candle placement ideas:

  1. Table placement in the dining room for a dinner party
  2. Add a few around the conservatory to bring in a little warmth
  3. Place in the summerhouse on those lost, cold winter evenings
  4. Spot around the garden for a romantic evening
  5. Add plenty of bottle candles around the bathroom before a long soak.

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Flowers & Cuttings

Bottles provide a stylish effect for single flowers, cuttings and trimmings. You can jazz up a room, bring life into the kitchen or bring a smile to any table with flourishes of green, pinks and vibrant yellows. It’s easy and perfect for children to get involved. Start with what is available in your garden; even wildflowers can capture the essence of the outside world.

flowers in a bottle

Message In A Bottle

Decorating a bottle with twine, thin rope around the neck and a cork to finish can make your bottle look stunning. So why not add a little sand inside the bottle, write a love note or any desired message and lock it away for a special occasion. The message in the bottle can look stylish around the home and be used as an ornament. Would you like to leave a message? Here are some ideas for your story:

  • The perfect holiday
  • A vivid dream
  • Your first memory
  • A love poem
  • Secrets
  • A clue to hidden treasure
  • Map
  • Your children’s names
  • A message that only you can make sense of.

message in a bottle

Luxury Dispensing Bottles

Some bottles are finished with a screw cap neck, allowing alternative fittings. If you can find a lotion dispensing pump that can be matched up to the bottle neck size; you might be able to create a luxury, glass dispensing set for your bathroom, kitchen or utility room. Most importantly, remember to keep the dispensing straw and cut it to the same height as the bottle.

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Using accessories

Bottle decoration isn’t all about paint and paste. The way you accessorise your bottles can make a massive difference to the finished item. Like wrapping the perfect parcel, colour coordinated ribbons can bring your organic creations to life. The use of hessian, rope or lengths of coarse string can bring a charming rustic look to your bottles. So why not add a little lace to a bottle with some soft white lights inside for a lovely wedding centrepiece.
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For the best results, let your creativity be your guide. And if you don’t have access to the bottles you want, The Bottle Jar Store is here to help. So we have a vast range available, so for more information or friendly advice, why not get in touch.