Repurposed Trophy Bar Cart Bling!


Hi there, Friends! Today I am sharing a fun repurposed project. While these retro bottle stoppers would be a great addition to a Christmas or New Year's Eve party, they can also add a little bling to a bar cart year round!

repurposed trophy bottle stoppers



I am not a bowler and Zumba is the extent of my athletic abilities, but I have wanted to repurpose the plastic trophies I often see when thrifting. I thought they had a retro vibe and would make fun bottle stoppers.  Not just for wine, either--pictured below, I used one for water and the bottle on the right is actually coffee syrup.  So if you don't have a bar cart, they could be added to any beverage station. Ready to see how I made them? 



repurposed trophy bottle stoppers


Remember this recent trophy find? Besides the bowler, I had collected a few others. All I did was unscrew the plastic figures from the trophy bases and give them a coat of copper spray paint. 


repurposed trophy bottle stopper


Do you save wine bottle corks? If not, I've included a link at the bottom of the post. If you happen to have any of the rubber type, they're actually slightly easier to work with, but I used both. I used a screwdriver to start the hole.

repurposed trophy bottle stoppers




Next, I turned the figure clockwise to screw it into the cork.


repurposed trophy bottle stoppers



I continued to turn the trophy until it was screwed in all the way. This takes some work, and the one pictured is the rubber type cork. The cork variety requires a little more care--if forced, the cork will break. 


repurposed trophy bottle stoppers


I really like them grouped together.  They would make a great gift for sports lovers! 


Repurposed trophy bottle stoppers


For a festive touch, I added some rosemary to my tree ice cube trays:


herb infused ice cubes



I love them with sparkling water and twist of lime!


herb infused ice cubes
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Repurposed Trophy Bottle stoppers



What do you think--will you think twice before passing on thrift store trophies?

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11 comments:

  1. Cute idea, Cecilia. I would have never thought of that. Good way to repurpose those and wine corks!
    Did y'all get the Artic blast there too? Stay warm!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  2. FUN! I was curious as to what you were gonna do with the bowling trophy and this is so neat! Those tree cubes with the rosemary are just the best...I want to try that :)

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  3. Cecilia, clever repurpose! I didn't know trophy toppers unscrewed, so will have to check those I come across. Like the copper paint...certainly an improvement on the shiny silver.

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  4. Great idea! I have some trophies and some wine corks somewhere. A future project...

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  5. I see trophies at goodwill all the time. Never would have thought of this, so cute! XoKathleen

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  6. So clever Cecilia. Love the first place one. The tree ice cubes are really cute too.
    Have a happy week and a Blessed Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  7. That is such a clever idea, I love it! Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party. Merry Christmas!

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  8. What a great idea to use old trophies from the thrift store to make the bottle toppers. I love that you painted them copper. It was the perfect touch.sb

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  9. Fun idea Cecilia! My kids have a lot of these kind of trophies from their youth years. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. Those would be so much fun for a sports themed party! Thanks for all the tips and for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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