Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m 100% ready to start celebrating Christmas! My husband and I are going back to Texas for the holidays, so we decided that we didn’t want to decorate our house very much this year. To save ourselves from having to buy a real or plastic Christmas tree, I dug this wine bottle out of our recycling bin and got to work on a make-shift tree for our living room.
Here’s what I used to make it:
- Clean & dry empty wine bottle
- Mod Podge
- Epson salt
- White acrylic paint (white spray paint would work as well)
- Small glass ornaments (I got these for 99 cents at Goodwill)
- Sticks (I only used two)
With all of the dead trees around this time of year, it wasn’t hard for me to find a few sticks that fit inside the bottle I used (almost all of the wonderful fruit trees in our backyard are barren now. Sigh). Once I had my supplies together, I laid down some newspaper and started to paint my bottle white. It took me 4 coats until I was satisfied, but you could probably get away with less coats if you use spray paint. Whichever type of paint you use, make sure it dries completely between each coat.
While each coat of paint was drying, I poured Epson salt inside the glass ornaments to give them a snowy look. I didn’t worry about the Epson salt that was spilled while doing this, because I used that pile later on the bottle.
If you have the time and patience for prettier ornaments, here’s a glass ornament that I painted with acrylic paint and puffy glitter paint. I made it last year for a friend of mine who had an ornament bridal shower, but I think colorful ornaments like this one would add a nice touch to the homemade wine bottle Christmas tree.
Once the bottle was dry, I cleaned my paintbrush and used it to paint a layer of Mod Podge on the base of the bottle. I then poured a little more Epson salt onto the pile on my newspaper and rolled the bottle in it until it was covered.
I went back and patched up any holes with more Mod Podge and more salt. Then I shook off the extras and let it dry. Once it was dry, I placed the sticks inside the bottle and added my ornaments.
Ta-da! Don’t forget to put your presents under the tree!
PS: Check out this DIY Recycled Coffee Creamer Snowman!