#1- Great idea! #2-Hmm. Someone did a REALLY nice job on these. For me, the screw top needs to be hidden, My ocd says NO NO! Could do beaded trim, embroidered ribbon, embossed metal strip, strand of pearls wrapped round & round, etc. Beautiful!
Love this for a year round letter to hang on the door of a house! (Twine Wrapped Letter- Would be super cheap- All supplies available at Hobby Lobby for less than 4 dollars.)