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Do you have any old wine bottles handy? As a creative, I’m betting you have at least one. There are so many things you can use them for. If you are into the gnome decor, here is a fun idea using one of these perfectly shaped bottles! Let’s make a wine bottle gnome!
The first thing to do is clean the label from your bottle. I like to use orange or lemon essential oil for this. Once your label has been removed, make sure to use soap and water and alcohol to clean off all of the oils as well.
The next thing that I did was paint the neck of the bottle. You could paint the entire thing but I am going to be covering the bottom part of the bottle with fabric so painting the entire bottle is not necessary. This will help save on paint also.
This gnome is a farmhouse style fella, so I chose this aqua chalk paint with this black and white gingham fabric. I just eyeballed how much fabric that I would need by placing the bottle on the fabric and wrapping it around the bottle. The nice thing about this pattern and others like it, like buffalo plaid, is that you can get a nice straight line edge without having to measure.
Tacky glue is what I used to adhere the fabric to the bottle. One tip, I don’t suggest using hot glue on glass because it is not permanent. I left a little bit of an overhang at the bottom that I will close up.
For this step, I used hot glue since I was gluing fabric to fabric. You could also use fabric glue or E 6000 glue for this step.
You end up with a really nice finish. If you plan to handle your gnome quite a bit, I do suggest using mod podge to seal the paint.
Next, I cut my fur for the beard using faux fur fabric. I used an X-Acto knife and cut the fabric on the back of the fur. I do not suggest using scissors on the front of the fur because you will cut the length of the fur that you need for the beard to hang correctly.
After the beard was cut, I hot glued it to the backside of my fabric where I joined the fabric pieces together. This hides that join so you have a seamless finish all the way around.
How fun is this wine bottle gnome already?!
Now it’s time for a nose! These wooden balls from Hobby lobby are perfect for these gnome projects. I placed a dab of hot glue and sunk my nose right down into the top of the beard to create a little mustache.
You can use any round object for this step. Just use what you have. That is one of my mottos!
Next, I created a piece of trim out of that same fabric to cover the top cut edge of the beard to give it a nice finish. He’s cute already!
I did use hot glue for this part because I was gluing the trim onto the Fur and the fabric instead of the glass.
To finish the top, of course I added a cork because he is a wine bottle gnome after all.
Also, to cover up the bottle top threads, as this was a screwtop wine bottle, a little bit of twine was the perfect touch!
The last little detail was a small twine bowtie right on the trim.
How perfect is he on my farmhouse mantel?! Let me know what you think in the comments below!