A great way to add some character to your kitchen or dining room is with recycled wine bottles and reclaimed wood wine racks. Most of the time we will just throw our wine bottles into the recycling bin when their empty and that's the end of that. But if you saved your empty wine bottles and corks, you could actually have some really simple decorative items for your home.
One idea for a great centerpiece for your table is to take your empty wine bottles and use them as vases. This is a simple and inexpensive way to have a beautifupl centerpiece. You can use the faux flowers from the craft store for a more permanent piece or if you prefer, fresh flowers.
Another great idea is to turn those old wine bottles into candle holders or lanterns. The video included in this article will show you how to cut the bottles to make them functional. My recomendation is to find a decorative plate or tile to put underneat the bottles to catch the wax, especially if you are using them indoors. If you aren't much of a do-it-yourselfer, there are lots of online stores that sell these beautiful pieces. For a beautiful hanging lantern check out Green Illuminations. For a beautiful tabletop piece check out Cabernet Lights.
Wine racks are another way to add some character in a simple way. Having your wine and glasses on display is a great idea for your kitchen or dining room. You can put one in any room you want however. Many artisans on Etsy.com make wine racks from reclaimed wood. One such store is The Barn Yard Shop. Just remember that any time you are looking for a decorative piece, look for things that are made from reclaimed or recycled materials.