Tuesday, April 2, 2013

{wow me} Wednesday Link Party & Recycled Glass Soda Bottles

Welcome to {wow me} Wednesday!

I am super excited to be Co-Hosting with Ginger today. She has the best link parties and for her 2 Year Blog Anniversary she is having the biggest link party EVER! Seriously, like 40 Co-Hosts and I get to be one of them. I love looking through projects that you guys do so link it up here and visit Ginger Snap Crafts. You will love it.

But First...I have a fun little quick tip for you.

So...when I plan a party I always try to use glass drink-ware if the budget allows. There is just something about drinking out of glass that steps a party up a knotch. Am I the only one who thinks that? Anyway...glasses in bulk are expensive. I mean the cute milk bottles and soda bottles that you can buy online or Etsy are at least $2 a piece. Well, for a wife of a student that is never in the budget.

So my brother recently just had a party where he and his 3 friends drank (no lie) over 18 bottles of Henry Weinhard's Orange Cream Soda. Teenage boys are ridiculous! The drink is pretty good but come on, 18?!?!

But as he was about to throw them out I snatched them up!

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 Step {1} 

Take your bottles and soak them in HOT water. Not Cold. 
For some reason it doesn't come off as easy. I would let them soak for about 15 min

Step {2}

Peal stickers off bottles. Grab a metal scrub and lightly scrub off remaining sticker residue.
Let soak another 5 min.

Step {3}

Grab some Nail Polish Remover and a cotton ball and wipe off any of those annoying little expiration date stamps and any hard to get off sticker residue. BEST TIP EVER! Acetone gets anything off!

Step {4}

Take your bottles and put them in the dishwasher on a quick cycle.
And you are DONE!

Now I have 18 glass bottles to use for entertaining and parties and the best part is they were free!!! So next time you think about throwing those bottles out DON'T. 

You can dress them up with Baker's Twine, bottle wraps, paper, paper straws or fabric. The possibilities are endless. We used them for our Easter party and everyone loved them! Now I just need to find a place to store these bad boys. 

OK...now on to the main event!

{WOW ME} Wednesday!!!

These are the party rules: The "rules' are simple.
Please consider sharing this party on facebook, twitter, google+ or pinterest.
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
Must be something made by you!
{No etsy shops, giveaway or business links, please.}
Visit other links, make new friends & most of all have fun!

Have fun and come back to see some of the featured projects at Ginger Snap Crafts.


  1. Visiting from the link party :) I would of never thought to reuse glass soda bottles at a party, but it is such a good idea, thanks!!!


  2. What a wonderful tip! I agree that special glasses really add to a party. You found great bottles, and I love that they cost you nothing. They'd be so cute all decked out with pretty straws and other party décor. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  3. I love the idea of entertaining using glass especially if you can do it for free.
    Do you serve them open? I suppose you would have to.
    Pretty straws and a tray would make a great drink station. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Yes. Just open. They look pretty plain but I usually dress the top up with a little Baker's Twine. I just use the extra-long paper straws for them to cause the regular ones are not tall enough. =)

  4. Hi! I am visiting from the linky party. Great tip -- I never thought to use nail polish remover! Now, I can get those pesky labels off so I can repurpose some bottles!

    1. Oh ya! Its awesome stuff! Gets almost anything off. Much better than Goo-Be-Gone AND cheaper. =)