We (should have) all learned this in school: first reduce, then reuse, then recycle.
I don’t know about reducing in this particular case, but since I am a bottle lover, I also love reusing wine bottles in this romantic way. It really gussies up a table, and I can keep the prettiest bottles around instead of saying ‘what am I really going to do with this?’ before tossing it in the recycling bin.
Supplies needed: wine bottle, taper candle, knife.
Cut a hole in a box. Drink wine.
Step 2: Get sober. You don’t want to to the next step inebriated.
Step 3: Shave down the base of a taper candle until it fits in the bottle. I stand it up and use a kitchen knife for this. You probably need an inch or two to go inside the bottle so it will be sturdy and not fall over when moved or when the table shakes. (I don’t recommend melting the bottom of a candle and trying to shove it in.on my first attempt I tried this and the candle just broke. Not cool.)
Step almost done: insert candle and light! Enjoy the ambiance.
Step recycle: if your collection gets too big and you need to downsize, don’t fear: remove the extra wax by throwing the whole thing in the freezer for a bit. Immediately upon removal, the wax should separate from the glass easily. Throw the bottle into recycling to help save our planet.
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