Give an old wine jug a new look with some jute rope to fit into a rustic home design
Less Is More Project: DIY Wine Jug Decor
Have you ever seen something and thought, that looks cool but I don’t think it would work in my home? That was my thought upon finding this second-hand wine jug. This large bottle was once used to make wine, it even has sediment markings inside. I have seen these tucked into the corners of farmhouse-style homes on Pinterest and Instagram and they look so natural there. I was eager to give it a try. There was a plain glass one, and then this patterned wine jug. I love the crossed design on it and for the $15 price tag, I figured I could jazz it up.
It just so happens that this year, I am teaming up with some inspiring designers to do a regular series of decorating with thrift store finds. At the end of every month, we will share our Less Is More Thrifty Thursday finds with you and how we include them into our homes. These ladies are so creative, please make sure to check out their projects too at the end of mine.
DIY On A Dollar
As with most of my diy projects, I aim to keep the costs budget-friendly. This is a great one for anyone who is trying to decorate their homes on a budget. A few simple supplies and the wine jug has a great new look for its new purpose.
Confession: I am the new owner of a Cricut Explore Air 2! And I am constantly looking for new ways to use it, especially for home decor projects. On the side of this wine jug is a section of smooth glass, likely so the jug could be labelled with whatever wine was being fermented inside. I plan to have this wine jug decor sit in my entryway and this spot is begging for a sticker.
Clean The Wine Jug
Any time you’re working with an older item, it’s a good idea to give it a good cleaning. Get all the dust and grime off and out of it so it’s original splendour can be on full display. Microfiber cloths are a great tool for wiping down dirty objects. This old wine vat has some splashes of wine on its outside and sediment inside.
While the narrow bottleneck didn’t allow for easy cleaning, here’s a cleaning hack you can use in similar situations. Add hot water and dish soap to your jug until it’s filled about 1/4 of the way. Then use a funnel to add a cup of rice grains. Swish and swirl them around in the jug. Their small size and texture will give it enough grit to help clean sediment and dirt off the inside of the jug. Then pour it all out and give the jug an extra rinse.
I also decided to remove the handle around the neck. I contemplated leaving it, but it was too bulky. A pair of pliers, a few minutes, and the handle was off.
Hot Glue The Jute Rope
Since the jug is now clean, the hot glue adheres so much better. Use hot-glue to stick one end of the jute rope strand onto the wine jut near the top of the neck. This one had a nice rim that the rope could fit snugly under.
Now the jute just needs to be wrapped around and around the jug as we work down. Make sure the coils are fitting tight together on the wine jug. This jug had a permanent ring on the inside from years of use, which I wanted to hide. So the jute rope wraps around the wine jug past that ring.
Cut the rope when you have enough jute on the wine jug decor and hot glue the end piece to the jug. Now it’s got a rustic touch to fit into any modern farmhouse home design style!
Add Monogram Decoration
Like I mentioned earlier, my Cricut machine is itching to be put to work. I used it to cut out an H monogram that would fit the spot of flat glass on the side of the jug. A bold black letter really stands out, but I think a glittery version may one day replace it to add some glam.
You could also use a large scrapbooking sticker too! That’s what was used in this diy Joy Wine Bottles Decor tutorial. I’m sensing a wine theme here.
Now, this rustic wine jug decor can be filled with decorative seasonal accents! I’m thinking pussy willows for easter, sprigs of leaves and flowers for summer, and sparkly sticks for winter.
I love how it turned out, what do you think?
Here’s the Before:
And here’s the After:
DIY Home Decor
You can really change up the look of a home decor piece to better fit your home style with a few touches. Something as simple as a glass jug can serve a new purpose with a little Thrifty Thursday makeover.
Finally, be sure to read about these awesome thrift store projects from my fellow home design enthusiasts!
Elizabeth @ A Well Purposed Woman
Junette @ Windmill & Protea
I love this Sara – wouldn’t mind having one of these in my home!
Sara-Lynn Houk says
They’re so simple but their large size makes a big impact!
What a fun way to use an old wine jug!! I love that you got to use your new Circuit on the project!
Sara-Lynn Houk says
I was so pumped to have a home decor project for it! Thanks, Elizabeth!