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I must confess, I had a hard time forcing myself to make this easy DIY wine bottle Christmas decor. Why? Because I’m busy, friends! I have too much to do. I just took a four day weekend for Thanksgiving, and I didn’t even catch up with half of my projects. But, according to my calendar, Christmas is coming, so I need to add about five hundred more things to my to-do list, like Christmas baking. Great. At least I can drink wine for this one. Oh, who am I kidding, I can drink wine for all of them. I work from home!
One whole year ago, when I started the Frenzied Hostess (happy anniversary to me!), I knew I wanted to create DIY projects, but only ones that I could do really quickly. To celebrate that and get back to my goal, let me tell you why this easy DIY wine bottle Christmas decor actually is easy compared to other wine bottle crafts. First, you don’t have to cut a glass bottle. Seriously, take “easy” and “quick” out of the equation if you have to cut glass. Second, there’s no paint. Go away, paint. I don’t have time for you. Third, you don’t even have to put it away when you’re done. Toss it out. Bam! Sounds too easy, right? Let’s get started.
Easy DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Decor Instructions
1. Drink Lots of Wine
I had to get through three bottles on a Wednesday just to do this craft for you!** It doesn’t matter what wine you drink in this particular instance, because most likely your bottles are going to be clear or green, right? Sometimes you get a blue one or something, but you can see what you’re getting when you buy the wine so that shouldn’t be an issue. Clear and green both work in this case. If you want to take your labels off, you can, but if you’re going to put them against a wall you don’t have to. One of mine still has a label on. Try to peel it off first; that top picture was from one pull, so it can work. Then put it in hot water to loosen it and scrape it off. It only takes a few minutes.
**I didn’t actually drink three bottles of wine on Wednesday. I did make a tasty sangria to sip and share.
2. Buy some long skinny candles.
Okay, so here’s where you can actually use some help other than looking at the pictures. Did you know taper candles are made specifically not to drip? It’s true. Do they actually drip? Only when you don’t want them to. So, you can use taper candles, or you can find drip candles like these. Yes, this is easy DIY wine bottle Christmas decor either way, but with drip candles you will seriously not be doing anything. Color-wise, I suggest Christmassy unless you have some other color scheme set up for the holidays.
3. Fill up your wine bottle with colored water. Or don’t.
I filled up the clear bottles with water and added food coloring. Well, actually, that’s backwards. I added food coloring, then filled it up with water. Who wants to stir things or shake up a full, open wine bottle? Not me. The green bottles I did nothing to. They’re already green. Good enough for me.
4. Stick a candle in the bottle.
Here is where you can be creative with your choice in color. Get wild. This is not a difficult process. Most taper candles will easily fit, but if yours doesn’t just work it around a little until it does.
5. Burn, burn, burn.
You should probably put your candle on something first, like newspaper or foil or plastic. You know, something you can throw away. Because that wax will get everywhere if you let it! If you bought the dripping candles, you’re done. Move directly to step six. If you didn’t, you can try a few things. First, you don’t want your candle straight. It should lean a little for more drip. If you only have one candle, take it out and drip it on the bottle every once in awhile. Or, if you want to set it and forget it, use a second candle of the same color and melt the wax on the bottle candle for a few minutes. Both of them will then drip onto the bottle.
6. Do Something Else.
Sit back and relax, because your work is done. To finish up this easy DIY wine bottle Christmas decor, you can go do whatever else you want until the wax has run down enough to suit your pleasure and your candles are the height you want. Then blow out the candle. That’s it! I love a decoration that makes itself while I work. If you want to jazz it up a little, put a wine glass upside down with a Christmas ornament or candle underneath. Snazzy! I think I might put a whole row of them on a bookshelf, so I gotta go drink more wine…