When Thomas and I first moved in together, two things were facts: We drank a lot of wine and beer and we needed art for our apartment that was cheap or free. So we figured out how to combine the two, and now are proud owners of some pretty cool looking art.
UPDATE: See our followup post explaining how to peel a label off a beer bottle.
Beer Cap Art
We used to always have beer stocked in our fridge and we always had people over to drink it. We would constantly find bottle caps around the house, and we started to see that we had a lot of different varieties and some of the caps were very cool looking. Thomas got the idea to make them into art. So we bought a large cork board, some super glue and some push pins. We spent months gathering beer bottle caps, gluing the push pins to the back of the caps and then pushing them into the cork board. All the effort was worth it though to have this unique piece hanging on our walls!
Beer Label Art
As we were collecting all different types of beer for the bottle cap project, we started to wonder if there wasn't something that we could do with the beer labels as well. Thomas' mom had left us a huge canvas when she moved, so we started using white glue to stick the beer labels on to it. It took us a long time to cover the front, and we found that some beer's labels do not come off easily, but the outcome is awesome. It is my favorite of the three projects. We still have to work on the edge of the canvas, and so it should be finished soon!
Wine Cork Art
We originally had bigger and grander plans for the wine corks that we saved, but in the end, I like what we ended up with a lot. We were already saving our bottle caps when I went to a house where someone had an entire barrel of wine corks in the dining room. A barrel! So we started collecting wine corks along with our bottle caps, and eventually we had enough to attempt to display them. I bought a cheap vase from Target and poured our mix of bottle caps and wine corks in, and it was instant art! Now we just throw in the caps or corks when we have beer or wine, so the art is slowly improving itself.
These art ideas make us sound like we are alcoholics, and I swear that we are not. It has take us years to collect the pieces required, but it has proven to be worth the wait for relatively cheap, unique art!
Does anyone have any other ideas on how to use beer or wine for art? We were saving wine bottles for a while, but they started taking up too much room, but would happily start again if someone had a great idea!