When the folks at Patron asked me to participate in their third annual "Art of Patron" Bottle Art Competition - which encourages fans and artisans across the country to share their artistic vision using the signature Patron bottle as inspiration, for a chance to win $10K and a national platform for their work - I was intrigued. I'm no professional artist by any means, but it's fun to take on a little art project every once in a while, so I accepted the challenge.
So I'm thinking, "what the heck am I going to turn this bottle of tequila into?" I honestly had no idea at first. So I made margaritas for Chandler and I and we brainstormed. Chips and salsa? Maybe. A succulent planter? YES! I had to do it. The planter would feature a couple of small succulents complete with a wood base. Now, to make this happen.
First, I enlisted the help of Chandler to cut the glass bottle into the shape we needed and we used a Dremel tool to get the job done. I love the look of cut glass!
Next, after I rounded the edges and removed other stickers left on the bottle.
I then filled the bottle with specialized cactus soil and planted small succulents. TIP: Using this specialized soil will give your plants the added nutrients they need - and they have a much better survival rate (wink wink). This is the fun part - make sure you pick succulents that speak to you! For the base, borrowed a wood stand from another planter that happened to fit.
Trust me, my little planter doesn't even compare to the past chess set masterpieces, spectacular waterfalls or striking light fixtures, but this contest wasn't just about winning. It's about stepping away from the computer and exercising my creative side.
The contest runs until October 14th, and you can still enter here - or check out all the amazing work + more about the contest.
To enter, take a photo of your work and write a short 100 word essay in the form here. Good luck and happy crafting!
Photos by: Jordan Zobrist
Thanks to Patron for partnering with me for this post!