Jody Kerzman

I'm not much of a wine drinker, but it feels like I should be. It's what women my age do, right? Plus, I keep seeing all these cute wine bottle craft projects on Pinterest.

So what's a girl to do?

After calling a few friends and begging for their empty wine bottles, I only managed to collect two bottles. Finally one friend convinced me to help her empty a bottle while the kids played and we crafted.

What a great idea.

Is there anything better than quality girl time and craft projects?

Now that I've peeled all the Elmer's glue off my hands (it was kind of fun ... took me back to elementary school), I am ready to share some very basic instructions with you, in case you're in need of some girl time, a graft project and maybe a glass of wine. Supplies for this project are minimal. Here's what you'll need:

* Empty wine bottles. If you're not a wine drinker, I'm sure you have friends who are. Collect their empty wine bottles. I suppose beer bottles could work too. That will be my next project.

* Jute. I used jute to cover my bottle. Jute is a coarse rope that looks super on an empty wine bottle. (That is the extent of my knowledge of jute ... but trust me, it looks cool, kind of Pottery Barn-ish.) Jute is very inexpensive too. I bought it at a local craft store for $2.49 a skein. Between my wine drinking girlfriend and me, we used less than two skeins to cover five wine bottles. I also picked up some funky yarn in the clearance bin, which looked cool too. I think any rope, ribbon, or yarn would work.

* Glue. I wasn't sure what kind of glue would work best, so I got Elmer's and tacky glue. We started with Elmer's and it worked so well we didn't even try the tacky glue. I'm sure it would work well too.

* Charms. This is totally not necessary, but I found some cute cross jewelry charms I really liked, so I added them on a couple of the bottles.

* Flowers. Again, not necessary. The bottles look cool without flowers in them, but I like flowers and they were 50 percent off, so I got them right away.

Starting from the bottom, apply glue to wine bottle. I applied about a one inch strip all the way around the bottom of the bottle. Then add jute. Just wrap it around tightly. I wrapped it really close together so you couldn't see any of the bottle. It's not necessary to put glue on the entire bottle; the jute will hold fine without glue. I glued only at the beginning and at the end. Wrap until the entire bottle is covered, cut and glue the end, and you're done. I added a little bling simply by connecting the charm to another piece of jute which I tied around the bottle. Add the flowers, and you've got a trendy wine bottle vase, in less than 20 minutes.

By the time our wine glasses were empty, we were feeling especially crafty and tried the same technique with jute and mason jars. I think they turned out equally as cute. I haven't found the right place to display my latest project, but as I move them from the shelf to the coffee table and then to mantle, I can't help reflecting on what I learned by doing this project:

* Elmer's glue is really, really sticky.

* Wine bottles make really cute and inexpensive craft projects.

* This project was so fun, easy and cute I might be spending all my emergency craft fund money (yes, I actually have an emergency craft fund) on supplies.

* I might also be dipping into that fund for wine money as well, because, it turns out, I might be a wine drinker after all.

Jody is married to Brad, and they have four super-busy kids. When she isn't at one of their events, she's probably driving them somewhere.