The Perfect Post-New Year's Craft: Champagne Chairs

If you're contemplating your overflowing recycling bin, thinking to yourself that there's nothing sadder than an empty Champagne bottle, it might be the time to comfort yourself with a sweet little craft project. Champagne may disappear in the twinkle of an eye, but a darling chair made from the bottle's wire cage will preserve the memories forever. Hosanna Houser of Martha Stewart's The Crafts Dept. has created an excellent Champagne chair tutorial , perfect for making gifts, dollhouse furniture, mementos, or ornaments for next year's tree. My favorite tip is to write a tiny note on the bottom ("NYE 2011" or "5th Anniversary"), commemorating the festive occasion.

Do you have any traditions like this? I used to save the corks from special-occasion bottles of bubbly, but don't anymore. Perhaps it's time to start a new tradition!

Image: The Crafts Dept.

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