Wine Bottle Christmas Decorations

Cyndee Kromminga
Snowy Wine Bottle Lights
Snowy Wine Bottle Lights

No matter whether your style is whimsical, traditional or sophisticated, you can transform a wine bottle into a Christmas decoration worthy of display in your home. Before you begin crafting your wine bottle decorations, rinse out the bottles, remove the labels and clean the surface with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.

Snowy Wine Bottle Lights

Make Christmas lights with your empty wine bottles to invoke the warmth of Christmas in your home, even if it is freezing outside. The salt application on the outside of this bottle produces a beautiful frosty surface that sparkles as the light shines through. The following instructions and supplies listed are for one bottle light.

Things You Will Need

  • Wine bottle
  • Drill and 1/2-inch diamond bit
  • Masking tape
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Ruler
  • Decoupage medium
  • Sponge brush
  • Epsom salt
  • Hairspray
  • Clear Christmas twinkle lights, 35-count
  • 1 yard of 2 1/2-inch wide wired blue ribbon
  • Christmas floral pick and greenery

What To Do

  1. Apply masking tape to one side of a wine bottle about an inch above the bottom. Using a 1/2-inch diamond tip drill bit, place the drill bit at a 45 degree angle in the center of the tape. Gradually tip the bit straight up as you drill. Do not push down while drilling. Allow the bit to grind the glass, rather than cut it. Constantly spray water on the drill bit and the surface of the bottle at the drilling site to prevent overheating, chipping, and cracking.
    Drill bit position
    Drill bit position
  2. Shake the glass plug and dust out of the bottle and remove the masking tape.
    Hole drilled in wine bottle
    Hole drilled in wine bottle
  3. Apply a thick coat of decoupage medium to the outside of the bottle. While the medium is still wet, sprinkle Epsom salt over the surface, completely covering the bottle. Allow the medium to dry.
  4. Cut a 1-yard strip of 2 1/2-inch wide wired ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the neck of the bottle. Adjust and crinkle the bow as desired.
  5. Thread a strand of clear 35-light Christmas lights through the drilled hole in the bottle.
  6. Insert a few glittered sticks and greenery into the bottle top to complete.

If you want to make more than one bottle, simply double the supplies and follow the same instructions.

Bottle Snowman

Bring Frosty to life with a little paint and in a few hours he will be warming your hearts for Christmas. This would be a great project to involve the kids in.

Bottle Snowman
Wine Bottle Snowman

Things You Will Need

  • Wine bottle
  • Craft paint -- white, black, pink, and orange
  • Paint brush, stencil brush, and sponge brush
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or hot glue and glue gun
  • Toothpick
  • Fabric scrap, approximately 3 1/2-inches wide
  • Christmas floral pick and small amount of greenery

What To Do

  1. Paint a wine bottle using white craft paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat. Two or three coats may be needed for complete coverage with no streaks.
  2. Paint the neck of the bottle using black craft paint. Allow the paint to dry. Repeat if needed.
  3. Lay the bottle on your work surface. Paint the face over the top two-thirds of the bottle. Apply 3-inch round cheeks using pink paint and a stencil brush. Dip the dowel handle end of a sponge brush in black paint and dot two eyes and seven dots for the smile. Using orange craft paint, paint a 2-inch triangle pointing to the right for the carrot nose. Allow the paint to dry. Using a toothpick and white paint, apply comma-shaped highlights and pupil dots to the eyes. Continue to use the toothpick and black paint to paint comma-shaped eyebrows.
    Face detail and pink cheeks
    Face detail and pink cheeks
  4. Cut a 6-inch circle from black felt for the hat brim. A coffee can lid makes for a good pattern. Cut a circle in the center of the black felt the same size as the bottle opening. Slide the brim over the neck and down to the bottom of the black paint edge. Remove and widen the center hole if needed. Glue the inside hole of the brim to the bottle to secure.
  5. Tie a 3 1/2-inch-wide fabric strip around the bottom third of the bottle for the snowman's scarf and glue a bit of greenery to the hat to finish.
  6. Insert a Christmas floral pick into the top to finish.

Santa Belly Bottle

When you think of Santa you can't help envisioning his fat, jolly belly. Spotlight that charming asset with a wine bottle as the base.

Santa Belly Bottle
Santa Belly Bottle

Things You Will Need

  • Wine bottle
  • Red craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • 1 1/2-inch wide black ribbon, 13 inches
  • Craft glue
  • Gold glitter
  • 5/8-inch flat white buttons, 4 total
  • White faux fur scrap
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine
  • 2 jingle bells
  • Christmas floral pick

What To Do

  1. Paint a wine bottle using red paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as necessary for complete coverage.
  2. Glue a 1 1/2-inch-wide black ribbon around the center of the bottle to create Santa's waist.
  3. Measure around the circumference of bottle body and the circumference at the top of the bottle's neck. Using these measurements, cut 1-inch-wide strips from white faux fur. Glue the large strip around the bottom of the bottle and the other around the top.
  4. Lay the bottle on your work surface. Trace a square buckle on the front of the belt with craft glue and sprinkle with gold glitter.
  5. Evenly space and glue two 5/8-inch flat, white buttons in a line above the belt and two buttons below the belt. Allow the glue from the buckle and buttons to dry before standing the bottle back up.
  6. Tie a strand of jute twine over the fur strip at the top of the bottle. Glue or tie a jingle bell to the ends of the bow.
  7. Insert a Christmas floral pick into the top of the bottle to finish.

Decoupaged JOY Trio

Create a vignette near your front door. These three bottles provide a traditional, joyful mood for the season, while decoupaged sheet music and sparkling glitter hint at a vintage beginning.

Wine Bottle
Wine Bottle "JOY" Trio

Things You Will Need

  • 3 identically shaped wine bottles
  • Christmas sheet music
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush and paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Decoupage medium (Mod Podge)
  • 3-inch letter stencils
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Red glitter
  • 3 yards of 1-inch wide red ribbon
  • Red glitter floral sticks

What To Do

  1. Cut old Christmas sheet music into 1 1/2-inch squares. Using decoupage medium, apply the squares to the bottle. Completely cover three wine bottles. Allow the medium to dry. Note: Make copies of the sheet music if you are reluctant to cut the originals.
  2. Center and trace one letter from the word JOY on one side of one bottle using a 3-inch letter stencil. Continue with the remaining letters on the other two bottles.
  3. Lay the bottles on your work surface. Paint craft glue inside the traced letters and sprinkle with red glitter. Allow the glue to dry before standing the bottles up.
  4. Cut three 1-yard strips of red ribbon. Tie a ribbon strip around the neck of each bottle.
  5. Insert red glitter floral sticks into the tops of the bottles to finish.

Candy Cane Candle Holders

Enhance the festive atmosphere at your Christmas dinner with candy cane candle holders. Made as a pair, each wine bottle is wrapped with red and white yarn to mimic the stripes of a favorite Christmas candy. Real candy canes and tea lights complete the transformation.

Wine Bottle Candle Holders
Wine Bottle Candle Holders

Things You Will Need

  • 2 identically shaped wine bottles
  • White and red yarn, worsted weight
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • 2 clear glass tea light holders
  • E6000 adhesive
  • 2 yards of 1-inch wide white ribbon
  • 2 candy canes
  • Small amount of greenery
  • 2 tea light candles

What To Do

  1. Starting at the bottom edge, apply a line of craft glue around one bottle. Place the end of white yarn in the glue and wrap once around the bottle. Allow this first line to dry to create a ridge that will keep the remaining wraps from slipping off the bottom.
  2. Add more glue as you wrap approximately 10 rotations of yarn around the bottle. Push the lines down to eliminate gaps between each row of yarn. The height of the 10 rotations should measure approximately 1-inch tall. Cut the white yarn and attach red yarn in the same way, butting the cut ends of the yarn together. Continue the red and white stripes to the top of the bottle.
  3. Cut a 1-yard strip of 1-inch wide white ribbon. Bundle a couple branches of greenery and a candy cane together. Tie the bow around the center of the bottle with the greenery and candy cane tucked under the bow.
  4. Apply E6000 to the top rim of the bottle. Place a clear glass tea light holder on top of the bottle and allow the adhesive to dry.
  5. Add the tea light to the candle holder.
  6. Repeat the steps to complete a pair of candy cane candle holders.

Purchased Wine Theme Christmas Décor

Continue your Christmas decorating with purchased wine-themed elements. Check out these links for lights, ornaments, and much more.

  • Just like a crayon box has a color for everyone, Christmas Central has an abundance of wine-themed Christmas decorations for every wine lover's tastes. The Open Wine Barrel and the Chateau Santa Wine Bottle ornaments are just a few of the offerings from their wine ornament collection.
  • What is wine without grapevines? These lovely lighted grapevine trees from the eGrapevine Store will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor. Check out their other categories for more grapevine-shaped Christmas symbols.
  • Wine Christmas is a fun site to shop for novelty wine-themed party supplies and decorations. There is definitely something for every personality.
  • Do you need even more selections for your tree? The Christmas Mouse has a collection of both wine and beer-themed ornaments that will have you smiling all the way to checkout. After all, what wine lover wouldn't like a tree ornament of a cherub holding grape clusters while sitting on a wine barrel?
  • LightsForAllOccasions.com has a subtle way of transforming an old wine bottle without any fuss. This tea light candelabra attachment will turn Christmas dinner into an elegant affair.

Recycled Gift Giving

Time and money seem to run out quickly during the holidays. Make a few extra wine bottle decorations as last-minute gifts to ease the stress of a gift list that's too long.

Wine Bottle Christmas Decorations