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Wine Bottle Gnome – A Great Way to Recycle Old Bottles!

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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! 

wine bottle used for gnome project

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.

painting the neck of a wine bottle for a gnome project

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. 

Adding fabric to the bottom half of a wine bottle for a gnome project

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. 

Adding fabric to the bottom half of a wine bottle for a gnome project

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. 

Adding fabric to the bottom half of a wine bottle for a gnome project

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. 

Adding fabric to the bottom half of a wine bottle for a gnome project

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. 

adding faux fur to a wine bottle gnome

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.

adding faux fur to a wine bottle gnome

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. 

adding faux fur to a wine bottle gnome

How fun is this wine bottle gnome already?! 

adding faux fur to a wine bottle gnome

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.

adding a wood ball for the nose of a gnome made out of a wine bottle

You can use any round object for this step. Just use what you have. That is one of my mottos! 

adding a wood ball for the nose of a gnome made out of a wine bottle

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! 

adding a hemmed edge around the raw edge of fur on a gnome made out of a wine bottle

I did use hot glue for this part because I was gluing the trim onto the Fur and the fabric instead of the glass. 

adding a hemmed edge around the raw edge of fur on a gnome made out of a wine bottle

To finish the top, of course I added a cork because he is a wine bottle gnome after all. 

cork added to a wine bottle gnome

Also, to cover up the bottle top threads, as this was a screwtop wine bottle, a little bit of twine was the perfect touch! 

twine and matching gingham detail added to neck of wine bottle gnome

The last little detail was a small twine bowtie right on the trim. 

adding a twine bow detail to a farmhouse wine bottle gnome

How perfect is he on my farmhouse mantel?! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

farmhouse gnome made out of a wine bottle sitting on a farmhouse mantel

Do you think you might make one of these little guys? I would love to see your version! Join my crafting inspiration group on Facebook >>HERE<<!

farmhouse gnome made out of a wine bottle sitting on a farmhouse mantel

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farmhouse gnome made out of a wine bottle sitting on a farmhouse mantel

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