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From empty to adorable

Make do-it-yourself wine bottle centerpieces

Colorful Rudolph- and snowman-themed wine bottles make for excellent holiday centerpieces. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Do you have a ton of empty wine bottles from your holiday parties? Recycle or reuse them by turning them into adorable centerpieces. Follow the instructions to make your own reindeer and snowman centerpieces. You also can create plain gold bottles, white bottles covered in snow, or glitter-covered ones.



Empty wine bottles

Elmer's glue or other white glue

Hot glue gun with glue sticks


Red pompom

Brown felt

2 unsharpened pencils


Empty wine bottles

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

White paint


1 strand of red ribbon

Black pompoms

To make a reindeer bottle:

1. Soak wine bottles with hot water until the labels start peeling off. Peel off the labels completely and dry the bottles.

2. Put hot glue around the rim of your bottle and place twine over it.

3. Cover the top part of the bottle with white glue.

4. Continue to wrap twine around the bottle, turning it slowly while pressing the twine down to make sure it stays in place.Continue wrapping twine around your bottle until the entire bottle is glued.

5. While the bottle is drying, trace and cut out two antlers using brown felt.

6. Hot glue an unsharpened pencil to the back of each antler (to hold them up), and place in opening at top of bottle.

7. Hot glue a red pompom on your bottle for the reindeer nose.

To make a snowman bottle:

1. Paint wine bottle with acrylic all-surface white paint. Let paint dry.

2. Hot glue three black pompoms on the middle of your bottle (the buttons)

3. Wrap red ribbon around the neck of your bottle (this is the scarf).

Nicole Macuil is the founder of, a party planning company. She can be emailed at

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