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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! Make sure to check out our other upcycle projects, too!


Supplies needed for this wine bottle gnome diy :


Step one: Clean your wine bottle

The first thing to do is clean the label from your bottle. I like to use orange or lemon essential oil for this. See the instructions for how to remove these labels >HERE<. Once your label has been removed, make sure to use soap and water and alcohol to clean off all of the oils as well.

wine bottle used for gnome project

Step two: Paint the neck of the wine bottle

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. 

painting the neck of a wine bottle for a gnome project

Step three: Measure and cut your fabric for the bottom of the wine bottle

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.

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

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

Step four: Glue your fabric onto your wine bottle

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

Step five: Cut some faux fur for a gnome beard

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.

adding faux fur to a wine bottle gnome

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

Step six: Glue the beard onto the wine bottle

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

Step seven: Add a wood ball for the nose of your 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

Step eight: Add some trim above the gnome nose

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

Step nine: Add your cork topper

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

Step ten: Add twine and a bowtie to your 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! Watch a video of this gnome being made >>HERE<<!

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

Click any image and save this project to your gnome Pinterest boards!

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

Want to make that adorable farmhouse banner garland?? Watch those video tutorials >>HERE<< and >>HERE<<!


Want More Gnome project ideas?? Check out my friend Agnes’s blog, Just That Perfect Piece for lots of gnome diys by clicking HERE!


Need more ideas for wine bottles:

wine bottles wrapped in yarn in all different colors on display with flowers

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Penny

    Love gnomes and really love this one! I about to make one now!

    1. JRandLBriska

      I can’t wait to see yours! Make sure to post on our group page on Facebook!

  2. Von Francisco

    Love your wine bottle gnome, he looks good on the mantle!!

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thanks so very much!

  3. Deanna Woods

    So sweet on your mantle 🙂 thanks for sharing

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thank you, Ms Deanna! I’m so glad you like it! ☺️

  4. Clara

    So cute, going to make some from the wine bottles from daughters wedding. Yes I had the bartender keep them, I knew I wanted to do something with them.

    1. JRandLBriska

      I would have, too, girl! There are so many things you can make with wine bottles! We also make hummingbird feeders with them. ☺️ Glad you like them friend!

  5. Kathy

    How adorable!! I think I can even make this😊. Thank you so much!

    1. JRandLBriska

      Of course you can make this! ☺️

  6. Zoilita

    Fell in love with gnomes last year and can’t get enough of different kinds beside the sock gnome I made for St Patrick’s Day.
    Think I will try this one too!

    1. JRandLBriska

      So glad you like it! Thank you!

  7. Ailsa Coates

    I have fallen in love with gnomes since I bought a delightful one at a Christmas market. I call him Gnomeo! Now he needs a Juliet. In South Africa it is not so easy to find all the furs etc unless you live in a huge city so we have to make do.

  8. Helen

    Loved your gnome wine bottle. So hoping to be able to make one for my daughter.As she so into these.As we very much wine drinkers in our family,do have plenty bottles which just get recycled.So looking for more of your ideas please.

    1. JRandLBriska

      So glad that you like the idea! I also made a bunny version that you might have seen. Thanks for checking out our blog!

  9. Kay

    The wine bottle is so adorable, thanks for sharing

    1. JRandLBriska

      You are so welcome! It’s fun turning something ordinary into something fun!

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