I've always thought it would be cool to have a collection of beautiful decanters adorning an artfully styled bar cart, but I'm not sure if I'm fancy enough for that. And besides—I really do love the look of well designed bottles of alcohol. So instead of working on a decanter collection, I thought I'd dress up my hodgepodge bar with coordinating bottle stoppers. I made my own so I could have variety and achieve a cohesive style. And let's be real—I just love any excuse to feel super crafty with a really easy project.
These wood burned bottle stoppers were really fun to make, and bonus—the project left a faint aroma of a bonfire in my home, which is a welcome scent in the dead of winter. (I just wish I'd had some s'mores to round out the whole experience….) This was my first time using a wood burning kit, which intimidated me at first (everything I try for the first time intimidates me), but it ended up being really easy and fun!
If you don't have or don't wish to purchase a wood burning kit, you can easily use paint instead for this project. Though I personally love the appearance and texture (and smell, apparently) of burnt wood.
-wood block or knob (You can find these at most craft stores, or purchase a bunch of blocks here and big knobs here and small knobs here.)
-cork (These corks fit snugly in all of my bottles, these were a tad too small, and these were a tad too big, sticking out pretty far on top of my bottles.)
-wood finish of your choice
–wood burning tool
Step Two: Outline your pencil lines with the heated wood burner, then fill in any parts of the design you'd like to be bold by using the edge of the tool, moving it slowly across the surface to be filled. The filling in process takes a bit of time, but the outlining goes quickly. Make sure you take it slow, though. You can't erase any mistakes!
Warning: Burning will create some smoke, but not so much that it should set off any smoke detectors. However, you don't want to get too close as you work or the smoke will cause your eyes to burn, just like sitting too close to a campfire. Or you may choose to wear safety goggles. Also, the wood burner is obviously extremely hot. So be careful, and don't leave this tool unattended around children or pets.
Step Five: Center the cork onto the bottom of your designed block or knob and hold in place for as long as the glue manufacturer's instructions specify. And then you've finished the project!
I created quite the assortment of bottle stoppers and plan to make even more to give to friends. This project is really easy to do, but the results look like something you'd purchase from a boutique. Just the right kind of craft for homemade gift giving, if you ask me, and a great accompaniment for a bottle of wine as a housewarming gift.
Here are some of the bottles from my bar, all topped off quite nicely now. These bottle stoppers make my collection appear much more stylized and pretty to look at! And I gotta ask… who else isn't a connoisseur and selects their alcohol based off the bottle design? (Yeah, that's definitely me!) –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.