I didn’t have party printables for the Zombie Princess Party. (This sometimes happens when you dream up a wacky theme.) So that meant it was up to me to get creative with the decorative details. This week, I’ll share with you tutorials for my Zombie Princess Soda Bottles, the “bloody” hand print napkins, and Princess Creepy Teeth — the dining table centerpiece. First up: the soda bottle wraps.
- Any green soda; I used Jones Green Apple.
- Creepy cloth
- Gold glitter ribbon
- Black striped straws
- Candy eyeballs
- Aleene’s Thick Tacky Glue (my love affair with this glue continues)
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun
1 – Peel the label off your soda bottle.
2 – Lay the bottle on your creepy cloth. Cut a strip of creepy cloth about 3 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the bottle. Remember that the creepy cloth is stretchy, so you don’t need to be exact about this. Just eyeball it.
3 – After you peel off the soda label, the bottle will still have sticky label residue left over. You’ll use that to tack down the starting point of your creepy cloth wrap. Also, try to start the wrap where you see the code printed on the bottle. That way, the code can be at the back of your bottle when you set your table.
4 – Add a bead of Aleene’s Thick Tacky Glue to the first part of the wrap. My glue was low, so I fished it out with an old paint brush. But, if you had a new bottle, you could just squeeze out the glue.
5 – Pull the second end of the wrap up and over the glue. Press down, and then allow to dry. The glue will dry clear.
6 – When the glue is dry, add your gold glitter ribbon. Tie this loosely in place, then slip in the straw, to make sure you have the right tension to hold the straw without crushing it. I like to keep my ribbon on the spool until I know I’ve gauged the length properly. That way, I don’t guesstimate wrong and wind up with a cut of too-short ribbon.
7 – The last touch is to hot glue on a candy eyeball. (I found mine at Michael’s.) Just don’t mention that the eye is candy: you don’t want the kids ripping off the eyes and eating them along with a big glob of glue!
Change up the decorative elements, and you’ve got a tutorial for wrapping bottles for any occasion: I’ve used fabric and ribbon for an Easter party. Is this something you would try? Let me know in comments!