Happy New Year! Did you ring in the new year with some bubbly? If so, I hope you saved the wire cap that comes with most bottles. You can turn that into a miniature chair to use for a fairy garden or as a keepsake. (And in case you’re wondering, we didn’t have TWO bottles of champagne last night. I saved the black one from our anniversary a few years ago!)
Here’s how I did it!
1. Gather your supplies. You will need some flat-nosed pliers and a nipper tool. If you have round nosed pliers, those might help too.
2. Remove the thinner wire that goes around the “legs” of the cap. For the Cava cap, I was able to bend the legs up with my round nosed pliers and remove it in one piece. I had to cut the wire and drag it through the holes for the black-capped one.
3. After you’ve removed the wire, snip it if you haven’t already. Attach the ends to the two legs to form the back. You’ll see that I should have chosen to fasten the wire to the legs so that “Cava” was facing forward, but oh well.
4. Use the flat nosed pliers to bend and shape your wire how you would like. In both cases, the natural curling of the wires pretty much dictated how the back would look. I just worked them into shape a little bit.
5. If you are really crafty, you can figure out a way to engrave the date on the back of the cap. If you are mildly crafty like me, you can use a Sharpie to mark the date. Either way, this chair can be used as a reminder of the wonderful occasion you have celebrated.
I got this idea on Web and Time via Pinterest. Actually, I think it was the very first thing I pinned. Do a search for “champagne chairs” on Pinterest and see many beautiful examples of this project. These only took a few minutes each, but they will be around for years to come!