Maybe it's the cold weather or that the season of giving is officially underway, but the holidays make us want to hit up our local craft store and DIY-up a storm. So that's just what we decided to do--we're thrilled to announce the start of a new holiday tradition: our first-ever 12 Days of DIY. We're taking items that we love and coming up with cool ways to make them unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.
Gifting a plain old bottle of booze for the holidays is pretty standard--not to mention expected. And after it gets used up, there's really no place for it except the trash. Since we're all about heartfelt presents, we decided to give a classic Skyy Vodka bottle our signature NYLON makeover. We spray-painted it neon pink and blocked off a decorative pattern with some tape. Which means that after the vodka's gone, your friends will totally want to put the bottle on display, and maybe even stick a flower or two inside and use it as a vase.
Supplies You'll Need:
- One bottle of Skyy Vodka
(or whatever your preferred drink-to-gift of choice is)
- A few rolls of masking tape
varied in width--we used two different sizes
- One can of acrylic spray paint (we used Montana's Gleaming Pink
- A spool of decorative ribbon
- A pair of scissors
How To Make It:
Get crafty with the tape. Pick any pattern you like--from stripes to plaid--and decorate the surface of your bottle. We cut our tape in half and in thirds to vary the thickness of our lines. Remember that anything blue will become pink, and anything masking tape beige will become blue when you're done.
Once you're happy with your blocking, gather a ton of newspapers or a plastic tarp and head outside--it's time to spray paint. Once you're set up, shake the bottle of paint and spray one side of the bottle evenly. You'll only need one to two coats--any more and it'll take too long to dry.
Wait about 30 minutes, then turn the bottle over and spray the other side.
Allow the bottle to dry for a few minutes, and then move it inside and stand it up on a flat surface where you've got a lot of space to work. Before the paint is completely hardened, start to remove the tape.
Any unwanted markings--either from the sticky side of the tape or the paint--can be scratched away with your fingernail or something sharp (we used the end of a plastic fork). Use a wet tissue to wipe between the lines so your pattern looks neat and clean.
Cut some ribbon and tie it in a bow around the neck of your bottle. Then bring it to a party and enjoy!
P.S. Don't have time to DIY? Skyy Vodka and amFAR, a nonprofit charity for AIDS, have collaborated on a limited edition blue velvet brocade bottle for the holidays that's equally festive. We have to admit, though, we'd prefer it in NYLON pink.
CHECK OUT MORE FROM OUR 12 DAYS OF DIY!
SIXTH DAY OF DIYS: A revamped Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply jacket
FIFTH DAY OF DIYS: Studded and glittered sneakers from Adidas
FOURTH DAY OF DIYS: A colorful Roxy bikini top gets even brighter
THIRD DAY OF DIYS: We get into some shady business with a pair of Madewell sunglasses
SECOND DAY OF DIYS: This edgy Juicy Couture dress gets personalized…with safety pins
FIRST DAY OF DIYS: A House of Holland-inspired hat dreamed up with the help of PS I Made This