There is nothing better than spending an evening decompressing after a long, hard day with a glass of wine. Of course, even the occasional wine drinker is left to answer the question, “What do I do with all those empty wine bottles?” There are many great ideas out on the world-wide web for upcycling used bottles of all shapes and sizes. Some of these projects call for “bottle cutting” and from what I have been reading online this is not always for the faint of heart. I wanted to do a wine bottle upcycle project that was simple and didn’t end with a trip to the Emergency Room. I had decoupaged some bottles in the past, but I thought this time I would try something a little different. I would attempt to make an outdoor garden marker using Outdoor Mod Podge and recycled gift bags. First, I filled up a large pot with hot tap water. I filled the wine bottles with hot water so they would submerse, and placed them in the pot. I let them sit for about and hour or until I could easily remove the wine labels. While they dried I gathered the materials I needed.
Outdoor Mod Podge
I cut out the images I wanted to decoupage. I turned the bottle upside down bottom of the bottle facing up. I glued the images to the bottle using the Mod Podge and a foam brush. I used my hands to smooth out the images and placed the bottles under a stand up fan to dry. Once dry, I applied 3 coats of Outdoor Mod Podge over the top of the image to seal. The instructions on the bottle of Outdoor Mod Podge say to let the piece dry indoors for about 72 hours. An alternative use would be larger garden markers. You could decoupage an image of a vegetable for example to label plants in the garden. The bottle neck acts as a stake to anchor the bottle into the ground. Nowyou can kick back in the yard with that glass wine and admire your upcycle!