Being from Yorkshire I have a couple of stereotypical characteristics:

I don't like to pay too much for things and I don't like to throw anything away, especially when something is perfectly serviceable. 

Also, being from an engineering background, I am always looking at things with a view to making life easier. 

I will use this page to exhibit projects that we have taken on in our quest for an easy life and individual style. 



 Bottle Top Bill

 I'll start with something really simple.

Do you have one of these:

I have had several, at different houses and on numerous walls.

One thing always seemed to happen; the screws rip the bejesus out of a plasterboard wall because of one simple reason: leverage.










Answer: Spread the load.

This is an old piece of floorboard which had a nice knot ready to fall out.

Cut to size, bevel the edges a bit, paint in F&B 'Elephants Breath' or an equally pretentious paint colour. Add a couple of arty stamps, rough it up with wire wool to 'age'.

Now screw your opener to it and job done. 

You don't even need to screw it to the wall as I have, you could use a picture hook. It will work just the same; the plank will take the load, not the wall.

Bottle Candles


Now this might sound a bit ‘Graham Norton’ for a 200lb northern skinhead but this is BoredDad; I get bored, I make stuff.

I’m not going to claim this was my idea, it wasn’t. I spotted these one day at a vintage/craft event. I was persuaded to part with about £20 hard earned for a used spirit bottle containing some wax and a wick.

Fair enough, it looked very nice but a voice in my head said, in a scouse accent, “I can do that”.

So I bought one of these....

It’s a bottle cutter. There’s a very simple principle of scoring the glass then using a technique to break it in two by cycling the scored edge in containers of hot and cold water.

Being impatient, I improved on that idea after my first attempt:

Kettle, boiling water, cold tap running: Very fast results!

If you find yourself a nice bottle with a colourful label or raised lettering in the glass you can get some impressive results.


Don’t be put off if the bottle cracks, it’s so simple you’re probably not doing anything wrong. It’s more likely to be an imperfection in the glass. Anyway, it’s not like you bought the bottle especially to make a candle, you’ve already drank your moneys worth!

Now, to finish off you can go all the way and use a candle making kit with wax and wicks. I considered it for about five minutes then thought Nah, too much faf!

You can use these wax beads with a pack of short wicks or just fat tea lights, or a combination of both. If you want to get all technical and accurate you can get hold of a Vernier Caliper or a decent steel ruler. Measure the inside diameter of your bottle then get your ass to Ikea. They have more candles than the Vatican and are cheap as chips.

I use a chop saw to get the correct depth to match the bottle.



Coming Next: 'Honey Pine Must Die'