In Every Thing Give …

btl.2~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

New today at Choose To Thrive, a simple and elegant word art display for your Thanksgiving decor or table. And you can use this same idea for all kinds of word ideas and displays.  Here’s the version I made for my kitchen table:


Ready to make a set for your home?

Here’s what you’ll need:


As always, I hope you’ll  Rock-What-Ya-Got and adapt this project as necessary to make it work with what you have on hand.  See tips at the end of the post for more ideas.


Start with any bottle with a great shape. DH found these at our local Associated Foods grocery store.


Remove as much of the front and back labels as possible, then soak for 12-20 minutes in warm water. 


The remaining paper and glue should wipe off easily with a rag or scrub pad.

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If your bottle has a stamped expiration date (and most do) …


… gently scrub it off with a scrub pad.  Mine came off in two seconds flat.



Allow to dry thoroughly inside and out.

For the words, having access to a CriCut or one of these lovelies helps a ton.


(And just in case anyone is curious, I used one of my favorite fonts, JSL Ancient, available as a free download here.)


Apply vinyl lettering to bottles as you would for any other project …

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(And remember: if you’re using these for a table, make sure to cut two sets of letters so that your guests can see the letters on both sides of the table!)

To prepare your wheat, remove any weeds and leaves (if using home-grown) or remove outer wrapping from store-brought bundles.


Gather a bunch of stems roughly the same width as the bottle opening into a nice, tight cluster.


Carefully insert wheat, removing any stems that won’t quite fit.   You want the wheat to fit snuggly and not move around.


And that’s it!  Quick, easy, DONE!


A few THRIVE tips to Rock What Ya Got:

What if I don’t have a CriCut or Silhouette machine?

1) Cut letters from vinyl sheets or contact paper with regular craft scissors.  2) Barter, trade or just talk one of your really awesome neighbor-friend-cousin-coworkers into cutting letters for you.  3)Paint letters with craft paints using a stencil.

How can I get wheat for cheap? It’s so expensive at craft stores, even with a coupon.

Free wheat is easier to find that you might think. The wheat I used was from my neighbor’s garden. She wanted to see if she could actually grow this stuff and it worked great. If you like this look, consider planting a section next to the tomatoes or flowers next spring. Also, many farmers will let you glean left-over wheat along the edges of their fields as long as you ask first. I live in a large metro area of a million people, but was surprised how many fields I saw within 15 minutes of my house. Your local city or county clerk can get you the owner’s name and contact information. Good luck!


Wishing everyone the start of a magical holiday season!


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64 thoughts on “In Every Thing Give …”

  1. Nike, I just love this. Very cool, and so simple, and peaceful looking. Can something like this be peaceful?? I love the brown bottles, of course I have no such bottles, but surely something else will do. Thanks for the inspiration, and I would be THANKFUL if you stopped by to link this up to my weekly party **Amaze me AUgust**, please share ANYTHING you'd like, Im really easy. Thanks a ton, and hope to see you there. Bella 🙂

  2. Wow that is a really cute idea! I love that you used bottles you had. I'm inspired to go look in my pantry and see what bottles I have. I may have to do a lot of baking so I can empty those molasses bottles. LOL! Great post. Lisa~

  3. I LOVE THIS!!! great job…. thanks for your comment! i am now following you would love for you to follow back!!!

  4. I love everything about this project! The bottles the font, the wheat. I think I'll go shopping for some root beer. 🙂 I'm featuring this project tomorrow!

  5. That is beautiful! You have so many awesome ideas and I have really enjoyed looking at your blog! I will definitely be adding you to my blog roll! 🙂

  6. Just want to say that I use Dr. Perricone and his face wash come in brown glass bottles – I save all mine because they match the house & and I will be using them for this project, just a brain trigger to anyone else that may use that prouct

  7. I made these over the weekend. I used Redhook IPA beer bottles (because they don't look like beer bottles). I painted the letters instead because the paint at Jo-Ann Fabrics was $0.50. Great idea. It looks awesome in my house.

  8. Hello! I am trying to find bottles this size on the internet and was wondering if you could tell me the neck size they are. i.e., how many millimeters they are in width? I see they are 12.75 oz bottles but want to make sure I dont get ones with too skinny of a neck. We are making them for our church MOPS group. Thanks so much!!

  9. Hi Nike, I love this tutorial and it is a lovely display! I love it so much that I am going to feature it on my blog. Full link backs and credit to you, of course! Please check it out at MishMashedMe. And I love your motto, 'Rock what ya got!' New follower ~ Erika

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