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Do you have wine bottles in your craft stash? If you’re not a wine drinker, you can always find them at thrift stores! I like to reuse glass jars and bottles if I can. Here is a fun Easter DIY that you can make using a recycled wine bottle! If you are a gnome lover, you are going to flip over this wine bottle bunny gnome! Also, check out our original wine bottle gnome diy!
Supplies needed for this project:
- Wine bottle
- Fabric in color of your choice
- Faux fur
- Chalk paint in color of your choice – Use our code ECLECTICTREASURES for a discount
- Paint brushes
- Half wooden beads
- Wire cutters
- Pencil or wooden dowel
- Felt in color of your choice
- Tacky glue
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue
Paint the wine bottle:
First thing we’re gonna do is paint the entire wine bottle pink. I’m using this pink chalk paint from 2 Chicks and a Toolbelt because it covers so well. This pink color is called Sweet 16. If you’ve never tried chalk painting, you have to get some and try it! Get some of this paint >>HERE<< and use our code ECLECTICTREASURES for our discount!
Make sure your wine bottle is clean. I like to use alcohol to get rid of all the oils, so the chalk paint will adhere better.
Look how crazy good the chalk paint covers! If this was a clear wine bottle, you might be able to get away with only one coat.
After each coat, let it dry or use a heat gun to hasten dry time. My heat gun is from Harbor Freight and the brand is Wagner.
Cut and prep your fabric:
Grab your fabric, wrap it around the bottle and figure out how much you need, then cut your piece.
This pink gingham fabric was perfect for this gnome project, because it matched the pink chalk paint very well!
Once your fabric is cut, make a hem with the edge that will get wrapped around the top of the bottle. I used fabric glue for this but you could sew it as well.
Again, to hasten dry time, I used my heat gun to dry the hem. If you sew it, this step is not necessary.
Add your fabric to the wine bottle:
Next thing to do is add fabric to the bottom half of our wine bottle. I used spray adhesive for this step. You can use mod podge or tacky glue.
Then just lay your fabric onto the bottom half of the wine bottle and work your way around the bottle with the spray adhesive.
Notice the hemmed top edge?
Continue spraying the glue and laying down the fabric until your bottle is completely covered all the way around.
Once your two sides meet, you want to create a hem along the edge that will show once you overlap the fabric. You will cover this later with the fur, so don’t worry if you don’t do this step.
After you get it all wrapped, add some tacky glue to the bottom and start gluing the fabric closed. I used tacky glue, because hot glue and glass do not mix well. You could also just cut the fabric right at the bottom.
Use hot glue once that first section is secured down to glue fabric to fabric.
This is not pretty, but I will use a felt circle to finish this bottom.
Here is our wine bottle creation so far! What do you think? That glue around the top of the fabric will eventually dry clear.
Cut and apply your gnome beard:
When you cut your gnome beard, make sure to cut from the back. Do not use scissors as you will cut the length from the front of the fur. I like to use either an xacto knife or a box cutter blade. Cut it into a half oval shape and make sure the nap is going down and not up on the other side.
Once it’s cut, gently pull the fur apart.
Remember when I said you would cover the back seam?
Add hot glue to the top edge of the back of your fur.
Then position it right over top of the fabric. It won’t go all the way around, so you will still see some of the fabric in the back and under the beard.
Make some bunny ears:
The first thing we’re using for the ears is pink felt.
I just used a chalk writer to draw an ear shape onto the felt. My suggestion is actual chalk, because this was hard to remove from the felt.
After I drew the ear, I folded over the felt so I could cut out two ear shapes.
Then cut out your two ear shapes.
When you make your ears, you might want to reverse this process and make the gingham ears first. But I like to show you my mistakes so you can see how I correct them, and so you won’t make the same mistakes. Lol You’re welcome.
So after I cut the felt ears, I added them to the pink gingham with pins.
Then I used a pencil to trace around the felt onto the fabric.
Then I cut a little inside the traced line to make it smaller than the felt. To avoid having to do this, just do this in reverse for yours. Lol
Next, just layer the fabric on top of the felt and use tacky glue to attach them together.
After your two layers are glued together, add hot glue to the bottom right or left corner.
Then you just press the bottom together to create your ear.
When your ears are finished, add them to either side of the bottle neck.
You can add some details around the bottle top, too. I just used a similar ribbon.
Finish up your gnome details:
Create a piece of trim using another piece of the fabric by just folding it two times over on itself.
Add it to the top edge of your fabric and beard and right over your flat wooden bead. And oops, I forgot to say, add your bead as your nose. Lol
One of our last little details are twisted wire whiskers. I just wrapped the wire around a pencil to give it the curly Q’s. Then glue them behind the nose.
Last thing you will add is a bow in that same ribbon you used for the top of your bottle.
Your Easter bunny gnome is complete!
What do y’all think about this crazy little gal?!
I hope you enjoyed this wine bottle bunny gnome diy and that it inspires you to make one for yourself. Be on the lookout for wine bottles at the thrift stores if you’re not a wine drinker. I hope you will come back again and please join our email family to keep updated on what is going on each week! Have a blessed weekend folks!