DIY: Upcycled Patrón Bottle Hanging Bird Feeder

Welcome to the third installment of my Art of Patrón bottle art contest series. If you haven’t heard, Patrón is holding a contest to find the best creative ideas you can come up with using their bottles. The winner will win $10,000 and nine runners up will win $1,000 each. If you need more inspiration, check out what I’ve already made with my bottles. For rules and more details about the contest, visit the official Art of Patron page.

This project is going to blow your mind with cuteness. Ready?

DIY Patron Bottle Bird Feeder

Tada! It’s a bird feeder. Here’s how to make it.

DIY Patron Bottle Bird Feeder Tutorial

You’ll need something to cut a hole in the glass. I used a Dremel rotary tool with a diamond saw and diamond bit attachment. I first cut a hole using a diamond wheel, and then evened out the circle and enlarged it by rasping with a diamond drill bit. You don’t want to cut the little birdies’ heads off, so make sure you use a sanding bit to smooth the edges out. That is the grimmest sentence I’ve written in awhile…

ANYWAY.

Once the hole is cut, use the diamond bit to drill a small little hole just under the larger opening. Insert a skewer or small stick in there so the birdies have somewhere to stand while they nibble.

DIY Patron Bottle Bird Feeder

Next use a regular drill bit to make a hole through the cork. Pull a strong string or rope through and make a big knot on the bottom of the cork so it all stays tightly in the bottle. If you want to be extra safe, you can glue the cork into the bottle.

DIY Patron Bottle Bird Feeder Tutorial

You can decorate it or paint it how ever you’d like. Fill it with your choice of bird seed and hang it out on a tree or patio. The birds will love you. You’ll be like Cinderella! Or the bag lady from Home Alone 2! Or Tippi Hedren in The Birds… Wait, no, let’s go with Cinderella.

DIY Patron Bottle Hanging Bird Feeder

Stay tuned for my final Patrón (mini) bottle project and be sure to enter your original projects or art to the Art of Patrón bottle art contest before July 17th for your chance to win $10,000.

This project was sponsored by and made possible by Patrón.

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DIY: Patron Bottle Cake Stand | Art of Patrón

Remember how I told you about The Art of Patron bottle art contest and how Patrón wants you to repurpose their bottles into a piece of art for the chance to win $10,000? Remember how I also told you about me working with them to create a few bottle projects of my own? Well here’s another one of those projects!

DIY Patron Bottle Cake Stand

This one was actually inspired by a recipe I was working on for coconut lime tequila cake. I always like to decorate and stage my cakes with things that give a hint to what flavors are in them, for instance coconut flakes and lime zest give a hint to some of the flavors in this cake, but what about the tequila? Do I put a shot glass on top? Other than literally sitting a bottle of tequila next to it, I had no idea. Then I thought incorporating the bottle wasn’t such a bad idea at all. I mean these bottles ARE pretty enough to be showcased.

That’s when I had the idea of using a Patròn bottle as the base of a cake stand. I figured the shape is perfect and sturdy enough for it to work, so all I needed was a top. I used a round glass serving plate that I found at Target for $10.

DIY Patron Bottle Cake Stand

 

Unlike my last project, this one requires no special tools or cutting. Just some heavy duty glass glue.

All you have to do is glue the plate to the bottle’s top and let it dry. Really the hardest part about it is getting the top to be perfectly center, but pre-marking the center of the plate makes it a snap. That’s all there is to it. You can even fill the bottle with things or paint the inside to add some color if you want.

DIY Patron Bottle Cake StandThis stand doesn’t have to be limited to cakes. It also works nicely as an elevated cheese plate, fruit platter, and drink tray.

DIY Patron Bottle Cake Stand

Inspired yet? Be sure to enter your Patrón bottle art before July 17th. Find out how to enter here.

 

This project was sponsored by and made possible by Patrón.

DIY DIY: Patrón Bottle Succulent Planters | The Art of Patrón

Now that the Cinco de Mayo celebrations are over, you’re probably wondering what to do with all those empty Patron bottles. Well I have an idea for you. Have you heard about The Art of Patrón contest? It’s a contest that Patrón is holding in which they’re asking you to repurpose their bottles into works of art. Repurposing and upcycling is a major part of my DIY point of view, so I was really excited when Patrón approached me with the opportunity to create my own projects using their bottles.

Art of Patron Bottle Toolkit #ArtofPatron

Think about all of the cool things you can do with these things! I mean just take a look at some of the last year’s finalists. Incredible right? The grand prize winner gets $10,000 and nine finalists get $1,000 each. So that’s a pretty good incentive to get to work on your own bottles. Plus you get to show off your DIY skills and end up with your very own piece of upcycled art. You guys are pretty creative. I’m sure you can come up with something. Be sure to check out the official Art of Patrón site for details on how to enter the contest.

Succulent planters made out of Patron bottles for #ArtofPatron bottle art contestOne of my first thoughts when I saw the bottles was “Score! New succulent planters!”. I’m not a natural green thumb, but I’ve had a lot of success with outside succulents. I wanted to bring some inside and over to my bar, so I thought what better planter for a bar setup than a planter made out of a tequila bottle?

 

Succulent planters made out of Patron bottles for #ArtofPatron bottle art contestReally, all you have to do is cut the top off of the bottle. There are plenty of ways to cut glass bottles, and if you’ve done it before you can use your method of choice. For this project I used a diamond wheel on my rotary tool. If you’ve never used a rotary tool to cut glass, it’s pretty easy. Just take your time and go slowly and you should be fine. These bottles are thick and have square edges, so it was a little more challenging than a standard round bottle would be, but the results are worth it.

 

Succulent planters made out of Patron bottles for #ArtofPatron bottle art contestMake sure you cut your bottle to the appropriate height needed for your plant. You can use the pots they come in as a guideline.

How to make planters out of Patron bottles #ArtofPatronAll I did was mark a line where I wanted to cut and went at it with my diamond cutting wheel. I did a rough line because I wanted an imperfect, hand-crafted looking edge.

How to make a succulent planter out of a Patron bottle. #ArtofPatron

Safety first! If you’re going to work with glass, for the love of God please wear safety glasses and gloves. I repeat, wear safety glasses and gloves.

How to make succulent planters out of Patron bottles with rotary tool #ArtofPatronOh speaking of safety, after you cut the bottle, make sure to sand down all of the sharp edges. They can get pretty sharp and you don’t want to ruin your impressive new Patrón planters by bleeding all over them. Once you’re done cutting and sanding, just fill up the planter with your greenery and pat yourself on the back for being amazing.

 

Are you inspired yet?! If you want to enter the Art of Patron contest, make sure you submit your entry before July 17, 2015. Who knows, maybe you’ll win those $10,000!

Succulent planters made out of Patron bottles for #ArtofPatron bottle art contest

This project was sponsored and made possible by Patrón.

DIY: Paper Snowflake Tutorial

I’m a paper snowflake making machine!!!! I learned how to make these in elementary school, somewhere between hand stamping gift wrap with cut potatoes and learning how to temper chocolate for chocolate covered pretzels. I went to a very creative school. Jvee makes fun of me, BUT IT MADE ME WHO I AM. Anyway, I’m excited to string these all over my apartment!

Here is how to make paper snowflakes using standard letter size paper in 8 easy steps.

SnowflakeTutorial

1. Start with standard letter paper. Like the kind that is in your printer.

2. Fold down the top right corner of the paper, making a triangle. Don’t worry about the excess yet.

3. Fold the left top corner down.

4. Cut off the excess paper, making a triangle. When unfolded, this is a square folded into diagonal quarters.

5. Fold your triangle into thirds.

6. Cut off the excess, making another triangle.

7. Cut your desired shape.

8. Unfold and see your creation! I like to iron mine with a low setting to make them crisp flat.

Paper Snowflakes

Experiment with different cuts and shapes to create a flurry of unique snowflakes. Remember no two are alike! Glitter or flock them for some texture and sparkle. String them into garlands or use them as ornaments on your tree! They go great with our vintage woodlands theme. ❤

Paper snowflakes

DIY: Recycled Magazine Christmas Trees

If you’re like me you probably have at least 5 magazines or holiday catalogs (or mysterious Maxims??) laying around or sitting on your coffee table. Hopefully you recycle them, but do you want a cool way to UP-cycle them? Some of you may remember this craft from elementary school but we’re bringing it back. These are super cheap to make because the main material is free or reused. Used magazines work best but if you’re working with a new one, just open it to break the spine. I put together a step by step tutorial with photos below. A bone folder is a great tool to have for this if you plan on making a few and want to avoid paper cuts. I know a few readers were hoping to see a Maxim themed tree but I’ll work with a Glamour for our more shy readers.

Step 1: Fold the top right corner into the spine of the magazine.

Step 2: Fold the same page into the spine again.

Step 3: Turn the page and you’ll see the corner piece form a triangle.

Step 4: Fold the triangle up to make the bottom flat.

Step 5: Tuck the triangle into the fold. (That’s what she said…)

Step 5: Keep folding all of the pages the same way and your magazine should naturally make a full tree. If you have a gap just use tape or glue to close it.

I think the tree looks pretty nifty just like this but if you want to glam it up a bit, spray the tree with adhesive and then cover it with glitter. These glittered versions are very popular at the White House!

These are addicting and now you’ll never look at a magazine without being tempted to fold it into a tree. You can store these in shoe boxes to enjoy for years to come!