At Word Couture, we love to make beautiful things and we love to give beautiful gifts to other people. We also love the environment.
In 2010 we discovered "our idea" when we saw the gorgeous wine bottles that were being thrown out at our local wine bar--right along with the trash! When we did more research, we found out that most restaurants, bars and vineyards do not recycle their used wine bottles. Such a shame! Some of these bottles are just absolutely gorgeous and, we felt, should be upcycled in some way.
So our creative juices began flowing. We noticed that the real beauty of the bottle was seen when illuminated by a candle. So, how would we get the candle inside? Or better yet, underneath it? After a lot of research (and trial and error) we found a wonderful way to remove the bottoms of the bottles so we could put the candles underneath.
We didn't stop there. We decided that everyone loves personalization and that was how we were going to make our lanterns even more unique. We use a special computer program, a professional vinyl cutter and commercial grade permanent vinyl to design monograms or even short sayings and… voila! Our idea was now a wonderful product.
Since then, we have been mentioned in many blogs including Glamour Magazine and were also lucky enough to be featured in the March 2011 edition of Brides Magazine. We have to say, they really look amazing on a table at an event! Good for the environment and a beautiful product….it’s been a dream come true.
I left my health insurance job about nine months ago to focus full time on the business (when not managing two preschoolers who love to assist!). In fact, it’s become a family affair as my husband is a huge help at night and on the weekends collecting bottles, often diving through dumpsters if he thinks there are beautiful bottles inside, removing labels and cutting and sanding our “finds”.
We're excited about our business and the fact that we can create something so beautiful from something that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.