Wine Bottles for Holiday Decorations

I’m not the craftiest person. I never did stamping or scrap booking or beading, and I doubt I’m going to start doing any of those things now.

But I kind of want to be super crafty– I think about trying things all time! – I just haven’t done much more than use a hot glue gun (and that was years ago), so I’m usually pretty intimidated when it comes to making things at home.

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But even without tons of DIY/craft know-how, I love a good challenge. And just a few weeks ago, The Wine Bar challenged me to come up with something to do with all the empty wine bottles I have around during the holidays. 

A quick search online brought up plenty of ideas – I mean, look at some of these! The white bottles and the little hats and scarves are so adorable.

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My first thought with these bottles was to break out the spray paint…but we haven’t had good enough weather lately to do something like that outside.

So I went simple. So simple that I honestly didn’t know why I didn’t do this before! It barely took me any time and I love how it turned out.

Thanks to this challenge, my dining room cabinet has never looked so festive!

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To set this up, I started by removing the labels from the wine bottles. Also super easy to do! I always thought this would be hard and take forever, but it was so easy. I just put the bottles in a sink full of hot water and let them soak in there for about an hour, adding a little more hot water when it started to cool down. Between my hands and a scrubber brush, the labels came off pretty easily – I was able to peel one off the bottle in one piece!

Once the labels were taken off, I let the bottles dry on the counter, and then put everything together.

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With my family coming up for Christmas this year, I really wanted to have the dining room feel festive since that’s where we’d be eating the entire time.

Our dining room walls are a light blue, so I wanted to have something that would make it feel like holidays but not be too distracting.

On each wine bottle, I tied a little sash with either some silver or deep teal ribbon, just to add a little color.

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Sitting around the base of the wine bottles was pre-lighted garland piece I picked up at Michael’s, just for this. I think this piece was 9 feet long, and it was the perfect length to wrap around the bottles and cover the entire cabinet.

Then on each end of the garland, I put a mercury glass candle holder, to add little more shine to the bottle display.

And this was one of the first things my mom noticed when she walked in the house – I was so excited! I’m definitely psyched to try some other decorating ideas with these bottles now, and can’t wait show them to you guys!

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Want more ideas on ways to use your empty bottles? Check out The Wine Bar and get (or share!) new ways to pump up the decor in your house.

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And until I have some more ideas ready, I wanted to share this little Wine Cheat Sheet.  I wasn’t asked to do this, but once I saw it, I knew I had to show it to you guys.  I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I don’t know anything about wine. There’s just so many subtleties to wine and sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I try to figure out what to buy or what kind I like with certain dishes or how to pair them at home.

But I love this little cheat sheet – it’ll be great to have on hand when you’re planning a holiday meal or special date night in!

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Disclaimer: To create my wine bottle decor project, I received a gift card to purchase craft supplies and wine for the bottles. All opinions and table top craft ideas are mine.

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3 Responses to “Wine Bottles for Holiday Decorations”

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — December 30, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Those wine bottles turned out beautiful! I’m an avid fan of red wine these past 5 years, and certainly lean toward cabernet sauvignon, but also red zinfandel and chianti. Neat to see where they were on the chart. Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy New Year!

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    Sues — January 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    These are beautiful!! I definitely need to start saving my wine bottles (lord knows there are enough of them!). And that wine cheat sheet is fabulous!! Happy New Year :)

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