What You Need
- Any old bottles (see note)
- Raffia – 1 pack does 3-4 bottles
- Double sided tape (I used a good quality builders tape rather than a craft tape as it is extra wide and sticky)
What I love about this project is that as the bottles get completely covered you don’t need to find particularly clear or nice ones – for mine I just used some old beer and ale bottles that were heading into the recycling – Perfect!
This really is a do what it says on the tin DIY but there are a few tips for along the way. Although it is not hard it is a bit fiddly and very hard to fix – if you make a big gap it will be visible!
- Cover the bottom half of your bottle with your double sided tape. Make sure it rolls just under the bottom and stop just before the neck (if you tape the whole thing there will be nowhere to hold it).
- Place the beginning of your tape in line with the bottle then wrap around the bottom of the bottle.
- Always start each new piece by sticking in line with the bottle (see photo) so that subsequent wraps will cover over and stick it down otherwise the raffia will unwrap.
- Continue wrapping the raffia up the bottle, take care to wrap each layer very tightly and overlapping if you can.
- Try to use wider pieces of raffia – it is very hard to ‘fix up’ the gaps later so using wider pieces of raffia will help to make sure there are no gaps
- When you reach the halfway point cover the top half of the bottle with double sided tape.
- Wrap as before - The top half is a more difficult shape so be extra careful not to create any gaps.
- Tuck in the end to the bottle opening - Done!
If some of the bottle is visible at the neck you can paint it in acrylic to match the raffia colour,that way it will blend in a little more.