Holiday Wine Bottle Craft for Festive Decorations

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As you prepare to dress your home for the holidays, get festive by creating winter wonderland themed decorations, by re-purposing your leftover wine bottles. I love these snowman & snowflake holiday decorations, they’re just creative & fun! For winter wonderland designs, I like to use the blue wine bottles for colorful contrast to create sparkly designs on top of.

Remove the Wine Bottle Label

The first step is the hardest part! If you can get through cleaning the wine bottles, removing the sticky labels and glue residue – then the rest is just fun! Some wine bottle labels can be really tricky to remove.

I start by running the bottle under warm water and scrape using a handled dish-washing brush with a scraper. If that doesn’t work, I try soaking the bottles in hot soapy water until the water turns cold. The labels should separate and lift off easily.

If not, I mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part vegetable oil (or whatever cheap cooking oil you are willing to sacrifice from the kitchen) to create a thick paste, about the consistency of Elmer’s glue. This mixture should dissolve any stubborn glue or label. I slather this mixture onto the label or leftover glue residue and leave it over night.

Then, I return to the sink to scrub off the stickiness. A final wash with dish-washing soap is needed to remove the oil & baking soda mixture. You’ll want a clean, residue-free wine bottle before spraying, painting, or gluing anything on it.

Festive Winter Wonderland Designs

One crafty idea is to use Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint to create fun and colorful “snow” background on the wine bottles. You can find many colors of this glitter spray at craft stores, big box stores, home improvement stores and their corresponding online sites. I find it’s often cheapest online through Amazon, around $6 a bottle.

 I always spray outside in the lawn with cardboard down on the grass for protection. I wear a mask and safety eye glasses, as this spray is strong and comes out in a solid stream and glitter does get everywhere. This glitter spray is something to adapt to working with – but easier once you get a hang of it.

Definitely shake the can well for at least two minuets and spray from at least 3 feet away for an even consistency. If you spray too close the spray gets wet and runs.

I let this layer dry for overnight before starting on the decorative elements. Make sure to clean out the spray nozzle before the glitter dries and clogs the nozzle .

For a simple, easy to create design, you can create a fun holiday design with gemstone embellishments from the craft store. Below are links to the stickers I’ve used in the past. They already have adhesive on the back, but you can add a bit of clear glue if you’re finding they won’t stick to the bottle. Here are the snowman stickers & stems I used from Michael’s Craft Store:

Winter Stems:

Here’s another winter wonderland design idea using a 1.5L Magnum clear glass wine bottle and a sangria glass jug. Here are the snowflake stickers I used from Michael’s Craft Store & Amazon :

The festive snowman picks are similar to these stems:

Using silver spray paint is another glam option. The most important part is to have fun with your holiday creations 🙂

Materials I used for this project:

  • Krylon Glitter Blast Spray Paint

  • Snowflake & Snowman Gemstone Stickers   (Michael’s Craft Store and JO Ann’s Craft Store, Amazon linked above)

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Holiday Home Tour

If it isn’t already obvious, I love Christmas. More specifically Christmas decorations. Glitter and sparkle and lights in pretty much any form. I will not apologize or feel foolish for the festiveness or cheesiness of my Christmas decorations. They are my pride and joy. I actually said to my BF I’d rather he crash my car than break any of my Christmas decorations. I may or may not have been serious…

With very limited floor or counter space for two adults to function in our tiny apartment already, I’ve really tried to only display a few holiday decor items in a few select areas. This is an extremely difficult and emotional challenge for me as I have already acquired or inherited a full home’s worth of festive decorations. I truly hate having to be very selective with what I display.

My baby tree features ornaments from my childhood some handmade, others collected throughout the years. 90% have faces, as in they are Christmas characters like Santa, snowmen, gingerbread men & women, a moose, a bear, a penguin, a couple of reindeer, even my star has a cute face. I love it. Most of my ornaments are from Pier One Imports.

Next to the tree I redecorated our open display shelves with all my favorite items. It may be a bit much, but this is really the only space I have to work with, so all of my favorite sparkly things are in one place. My bronze and golds shelves feature my bronze  candle votives I found at Buckeystown Design Co. op and the rose gold candle stick holders from Chartreuse and Co.. The bronze candle holder is from At Home.

My silver shelf has my snowflake candle holders from Bath & Body works. They seem to have a new version of this every year and my Mom gets me them as a Christmas gift. I love them.

My color changing trees are from Costco!

I really hate that my lamp shades are so plain, and no surface is un-decoratable, so I added a white poinsettia to each.

My entryway table features one of my favorite wine bottle creations with fun snowflakes.  I filled a sangria jug with loose glitter and the most adorable Snowmen stems from Michaels craft store. 

In the bedroom I snuck in a few more of my wine bottle decorations featuring very festive snowmen.  My favorite Pier One find from last year was these snowflake wine glasses. Can you tell I like wine?!

I also made this winter wonderland themed wine bottle decor set. I love that they are cartoon-ish and fun.

I got a little mesmerized by all the festive stem selections at the craft stores this year. I now have a huge stock (hidden from BF). I don’t have much red anywhere else, so I arranged some of my red finds in my silver mercury glass tub. I love the colors.

Whelp now you know why I am always covered in glitter and why I am not so fashionable. I spend all my money on Christmas decorations! And no I won’t feel remorse of any kind. My displays truly make me happy, and sometimes even so overjoyed I become sappy.  I will be so lost when I have to pack it all away. My poor BF! I really did try to practice restraint 😜

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Christmas vintage decor shopping tour

The holidays are my favorite time of year simply because of the decorations, lights and sparkle. I’m more excited to see decorations and decorate myself, than a kid is on actual Christmas morning. At 25 I already own an entire house’s worth of Christmas decor. To prepare for this upcoming holiday season, I returned to Frederick & Buckeystown, Maryland and Leesburg Virginia for another vintage decor shopping tour holiday edition. About 3 hours drive from Pittsburgh, these towns are flush with charming furniture & home decor shops filled with antique and farmhouse finds. This visit I was on the hunt for Christmas vintage decor.

We started the day in Buckeystown, Maryland at Chartreuse & co. which consists of a few charming farm buildings filled with antiques and upcycled treasures. This visit to the co op spaces featured mainly holiday and winter-themed pieces and a trunk of goods imported from Great Britain.

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Next on the tour, down the street was the Buckeystown Design Co Op. This is a bit more of an upscale and curated home decor shop. The festive holiday sparkle was plentiful.
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To continue the tour, we visited Sweet Clover Barn, a vintage home decor and handmade marketplace housed in a dairy barn on a horse farm in Frederick, Maryland.

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We then ventured on to the Old Lucketts Store,which was filled to the brim inside and outside with treasures of all kinds. Again, I really couldn’t believe how much stuff was there. Every time I turned a corner there was another room and another stairwell to explore. This visit, I realized there was a second home on the property filled with even more holiday splendor.

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Amazing magical Christmas decor land right!? BF is lucky we don’t live any closer to this mecca for home decor or I’d be there every weekend. Now onto finding a way to buy a house we can fill with all my current and future finds.

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