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Photography: Carly Arnwine Photography

Second Shooter: Mayline Yu

Venue: King Family Vineyards

Catering: Beggars Banquet Catering and Rentals 

Event planning:  Amore Events by Cody

Floral design: Couture Designs 

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DIY: Drinking Glasses Out of Recycled Wine Bottles

The time we spent volunteering at Palmar Tent Lodge went a little like this:

Wake up, go for a stroll, bartend/greet new guests, enjoy the sun, talk to Bob the parrot, and in between these tasks, we’d do some awesome DIY projects for the lodge. One of my favorites was making new drinking glasses for the bar. Since it’s a small island, there were few places to buy decent drinking glasses, and what’s more fun than making your own?!

STEP 1:

Collect awesome bottles! Then you soak them in water for a few days so the label will come off easily. You CAN speed it up by soaking them in boiling water, but some of the stickiness may remain on the bottle depending on the label.

Tip: It’s VERY important to remove ALL of the stickiness/glue and label before you begin. Otherwise it will affect the quality of the cut on the glass.

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STEP 2:

Kristin found a simple and extremely efficient glass cutter on Amazon that creates a thin hairline scratch around the circumference of the bottle.

You begin by keeping the bottom of the bottle flat on whatever surface you’re working on and keeping it level so the cut is even. Then steadily turn the bottle while pressing the cutter into the glass, stopping once you complete the cut all the way around.

Tip: Do NOT reinforce the cut. Once you get all the way across once, STOP.

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STEP 3:

You create two water baths. One has to be boiling water (must must must be boiling) and the other is an ice bath (with lots and lots of ice!)

The point is to make both of the temperatures extreme to quickly separate the glass at the cut. I’ve made mistakes where I got too impatient to wait for the water to boil, but it’s very important to wait! Or else the glass will crack in places you don’t want it to, and boom, another one bites the dust.

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The first couple tries may yield some uneven edges, but keep at it.. you’ll get it eventually! Start out with practice bottles first, and save the fancy ones for when you get the hang of it.

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STEP 4:

Voila! You’ve got yourself a glass– BUT beware.. the edges are extremely sharp and dangerous. Both Mike and I cut ourselves pretty bad! We used the Dremel Engraver to sand down the edges and create pretty designs.

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Tanbir Nadim - Yes I also believe it man! He designed the recycled glasses in a tremendous way! I love to read this post and also the presentation was awesome!!!

Najnin - Thank You for your glass cutting instructions and making process of the drinking glasses out of recycled wine bottles. I have cut many bottles for craft projects and did not have great luck. It looks like this cutter is great. Thank you again for taking your time to share.

Wine Glasses - This is the best way to recycle wine bottles the good thing about this idea is that you can simply help our environment by recycling at the same time you can personalize your drinking glass.

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Kristin + Chris

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Meet Chris and Kristin. They are beautiful and they live in a beautiful place.

Some people have it all, and some people have a little more than that. They are college sweethearts from UVA who imagined a life of adventure and traveling. And that’s exactly what they did.  Chris and Kristin built a beautiful eco-friendly lodge on a secluded beach in Panama called Palmar Tent Lodge. It is a paradise for backpackers and honeymooners alike, where guests stay in luxury tents, nestled in a rainforest on a white sand beach.

What they have built is a testament, more so a temple, to who they are as people. They like to play hard and work hard. They are laid-back, and intelligent. Like their business, they are yin and yang. Kristin enjoys Yoga, designing her own jewelry, and has a creative eye prevalent in the design of the lodge. Chris is a renaissance man, a scuba master and soccer player, who helped build the lodge and bar as well as the rain-water catchment system and solar showers. Kristin is a designer, Chris is a builder.

One day, I was walking down the beautiful path to the ocean. I passed by Kristin who had a huge smile on her face. She looked as if she was glowing. I walked up to the lounge and bar where Chris was working. He was counting fresh empanadas, made by a local indigenous woman. Her young son had delivered them to Chris who buys them as a courtesy. Chris was teaching the young boy how to count in English, and together they were saying, “Sixteen-Seventeen-Eighteen” as I walked by.

At that moment, I realized the beautiful smile I had seen on Kristin. She was walking through a jungle paradise lodge that she had built with her soul-mate. The tropical sun was shining through and she had just watched as her future husband patiently taught a young Panamanian boy how to count. I’m fairly certain the glowing smile I witnessed was a moment of joy, a feeling they both share, of being so blessed to be marrying each other.

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