Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DIY Halloween Wine Bottles

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. See the winners here!

Fall is certainly in the air around here. Not only is the weather cooler, but all things pumpkin, fall and Halloween are filling up the stores... and our house :) I went to Aldi yesterday and they completely sucked me in with their fall food! I went to get things to make some simple cupcakes, and left with that and pumpkin cider, pumpkin cookie mix, and butternut squash pasta sauce. But tonight I'm not here to share a recipe, but rather a craft project that I first made last year after seeing it on a blog somewhere. I wish I could remember where so I could give them credit.

Joe and I save most of our wine bottles and we have several of them lining the tops of our kitchen cabinets (classy, I know). But when we have duplicates or ones that I don't feel like displaying, I typically save them because I know they'll get used for something. That's where this craft comes in!


To start you need to remove the labels from your bottles and make sure that all the residue is gone as well. Sometimes I use a little Goo Gone for the labels, but just make sure that you clean the Goo Gone off too. Then, depending on the design you want, you could tape off part of the bottle with painters tape. The designs I made were a jack-o-lantern, a ghost and Frankenstein. For the ghost you'll need a clear bottle and some frosted glass spray paint, but no taping is required. The jack-o-lantern will need a green bottle, orange spray paint, and the neck of the bottle will need to be taped off. Frankenstein will need a green bottle, black (and maybe green) spray paint, and painters tape for his hair. When taping off his hair, you could either cut notches out of the tape first with scissors, or put the tape around the bottle then use an X-acto knife or utility knife to cut out the notches.


I tried making Frankenstein two ways. First was to paint the entire bottle green and then tape off the hair and paint the top black. But for some reason, the green paint I bought (Krylon brand) was NOT sticking to the bottle! I just could not make it work, and there were little spots all over the bottle. I moved forward with it anyway and my attempt to tape off the hair only ruined it more. I did end up hand painting over the green with acrylic paint, so it ended up OK I guess. The more successful way to make Frankenstein was to not paint the bottle bright green and just paint the top black for hair. I do think that I could have made the green spray paint work if I would have used a spray primer first. But the Rustoleum orange spray paint that I used worked just fine, so maybe it was just a problem with the brand.


The green bottle only looks ok in this picture, but it was not good in real life.


So once the bottles are taped, sprayed and dried, it's time to add the faces. A paint pen works really great for this, but acrylic paint and a brush would work just fine as well. If you plan on covering the face parts with glitter, then you could even just use a Sharpie marker to draw the faces on. Just don't be impatient like me and try and rush things before the spray paint is dry. If you want to add the glitter then use something like Mod Podge or any kind of craft glue to paint over the face you drew, then sprinkle the glitter on and tap off the excess.


This project is actually really quick and I think they turn out super cute! But I like wine and glitter, so they're kind of right up my alley :) Now for the giveaway!


Since I made these this year and last year, I've actually got 3 sets of Halloween wine bottles! So I'd like to give two of the sets away to two of you. I'll let you pick glitter or no glitter, and bright green or plain Frankenstein :) All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about Fall is! Everyone should be able to comment even if you don't have a Gmail account, just select "Anonymous"  on the list of profiles. If you can't seem to comment for some reason, then just email me and I'll be sure to get you entered. I'll choose 2 winners at random on Thursday evening, then this weekend I'll mail the bottles! (Giveaway is closed now, but you can still tell me your favorite things about fall!)




Oh, and one last thing! You may have noticed that there is now a "Pin It!" button under each picture. That is in case you want to add one of these pictures to your Pinterest board. Now if you don't know what Pinterest is, (that's probably for the best) but it is an online bulletin board of sorts where you can organize all of the ideas you see online that you might like to try one day. It's a little addicting!  :) I hope you all have a great week and don't forget to comment so you can win these super sweet wine bottles haha

27 comments:

  1. My favorite things about fall are the crisper, cool weather, sweatshirts, the changing of the leaves and the World Series!

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  2. My favorite things about Fall are the new pumpkin and cinnamon smells that fill the grocery stores, the 6 weeks of great weather that only comes twice a year in Louisiana, football season, and the approaching of my favorite holiday.. Thanksgiving.

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  3. Lisa-These are so cute. You are so creative! My favorite thing about fall is apple picking and all of the delicious goodies I get to make with all of the apples.

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  4. Haha cool! On that DIY studio blog i told you about, they have some that look like candy corn, but the orange yellow and white kinda blend into each other. Fall fashion and cool weather are my favorite things :D

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  5. Love the give-a-way idea, and I'm so excited that you've been blogging like crazy. I need to do more crafts and get back into my pinterest projects. I love the "pin-it" button. My favorite thing about fall is everything PUMPKIN! I have already made pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin frappachino's and I can't wait to carve a pumpkin. They are on sale this week at Aldi's for $3! I'm going to stock up!

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  6. These are so cute! My favorite things about Fall, are the beautiful changing colors, & the crisp, clean, cool air. Bonfires, & a change in clothes, with the richer colors.

    Aunt Sharon

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    1. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather, watching the leaves change color. I particularly love the festive activities from Halloween through New Year's Day.

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  7. I think I may have a project for my mantle - they are great! thanks for the ideas!

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  8. So glad I stumbled across this idea, very cute!

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    1. I'm glad you did too! I hope they work out for you!

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  9. My favorite thing about fall is getting to celebrate my favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

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  10. Hi Lisa,

    I'm the Social Media Manager for the Wine Sisterhood (winesisterhood.com). We'd be interested in using an image from this post of your very cute and very crafty wine bottles on our site. We would link directly back to your post wherever it is mentioned on our site. Let me know what you think and if we would be able to use an image.

    You may reach me at winesisterhood@gmail.com.

    All the best,
    Chelsea

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  11. My favorite thing about fall is FOOTBALL, and the holidays. I am new to Pintrest and I am going crazy with all the new crafting ideas I want to make with my students and the holiday food I want to try. UGH< not enough time in the day - I am a teacher.

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  12. you can reach me at dlloyd2214@comcast.net

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  13. I LOVE the smells and colors of fall, but most of all I love snuggling up by my fireplace with a warn cup of tea, a good book and a throw blanket, maybe even a Nora Jones cd in the background. The cold weather is my happy place :)

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  14. awesome and scary cool....would love to proudly show them off!!!

    Have a great day!!

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  15. Aww these bottles look so cute. Amazing decoration!

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  16. My son has some old bowling pins laying around I'm going to do this on them. They are heavy enough to set out side.

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    1. I love the fall color, the smell of burning leaves and Halloween. I love most of all its Birthday time for me. I love your bottles and I'm a wine lover too,so I have lots of bottles. In the past I've just put Halloween labels on them but this year I'm spray painting ,thanks for the great idea. Hope I win Would love to have a model. Thanks again.

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  18. I love your botteles and halloween .I have too do this and tinkin of make some for christmas love it houp to win .

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  19. Thanks for your great DIY! I tried it out and they look great on our dining room table! I posted my results on my blog: http://lilbit.michelevenlee.com/diy/diy-halloween-wine-bottles/ They look almost as cute as yours! :-)

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    1. Hey Michelle! I looked at your post and the bottles turned out awesome! I'm glad you tried them. Mine have made an appearance again this month and are on display in our entry way. I tried leaving a comment on your blog, but I couldn't seem to without signing in to wordpress. :( Oh, and I love your DIY Places We've Been heart maps. I will definitely be trying that one out!

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  20. Hello!

    I love your project! I work for Chex at General Mills and we are curating a collection of Halloween Crafts. Would you be interested in having this project included? If you are, please email me at carly.beetsch AT genmills DOT com. I hope to hear from you!

    Carly Beetsch

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  21. This is so clever! Such a cool and stylish idea, I love how versatile it is. Well done :)

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