A Christmas Craft: Santa Bottle

Christmas Craft: Santa Bottle
Christmas Craft: Santa Bottle | Source

Getting Crafty

Every year I get the craft bug and want to make something cute for the upcoming holidays. This year I decided to try recycling wine bottles instead of tossing them out. The Santa bottle that I painted turned out so cute I wanted to share it with the world.

If you are like me you have craft paint, paint brushes and other items to use to put together a craft on a whim. I like to keep a container with all sorts of items that can be used in crafting. I'm always ready to make something when the urge hits.

You can make this cute Santa Bottle for your holiday d├ęcor in under an hour. Give it a try, you will be thrilled with the result.

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Items needed to make a Santa Bottle
Items needed to make a Santa Bottle | Source

What You Need

To paint a Santa Bottle you only need a few things.

  • A clean bottle
  • A small fine paint brush
  • A broad paint brush
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • White yarn

Go ahead gather your supplies, pour that final glass of wine and get started on a cute Santa Bottle.


Make swirls around the face to create the beard and mustache.
Make swirls around the face to create the beard and mustache. | Source

Getting Started

Sit down in a comfortable area and if you are like me and get messy, lay down some newspaper. Get your bottle in front of you and get ready to paint.

  • If you want the labels removed from your bottle make sure to soak it well before peeling the label to remove any sticky residue.
  • If you don't want to remove the label from your bottle that is okay. I didn't remove the label from mine, I just painted three coats of white paint over it like a primer.

Once you have your bottle ready to paint, either primed with white paint or washed and dried, you can put your first coat of paint on the bottle.

I started in the middle and using the broad brush, painted the white all around the bottle. The reason I started with the middle, is so that I had access to holding it and turning it.

Let the first coat of paint dry.

After the white dries, use the broad brush to apply the red paint on the bottom of the bottle. Let that coat of paint dry.

Finally, using the broad brush paint the red around the top portion of the bottle. Let that coat dry.

Repeat the painting starting with the white, then the bottom red and then the top red, letting each coat dry. You bottle should have a nice solid color all around.

Mix a pea sized amount of orange paint with white paint to create a flesh color that is suitable to your tastes. Using the fine brush paint an upside down pear shaped of flesh color on the center white area.

Let your face dry.

Mix a pea sized amount of red paint with white paint to create a soft pink color. using the fine brush, paint your mouth and nose. Let that dry.

Using the fine brush, use black paint to paint the eyes. Let that dry.

Using the broad brush make swirls of white paint around the face to create hair and a beard. And don't forget a mustache and eyebrows.

Using the fine brush make two buttons under his beard.

Let the bottle dry well.


Wrap the yarn around your fingers
Wrap the yarn around your fingers | Source

Finishing the Santa Bottle

To finish your Santa Bottle make a yarn pom pom to glue on the top of the bottle.

I also wrapped the top with white yarn to cover the groves where the cap would screw down.

Take the end of the white yarn and with your index and middle finger tightly together wrap the yarn around and around from the base of your fingers to the tip. When you feel you have the thickness of yarn you want for your pom pom cut the yarn.



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cut a length of yarn and lay it out.Lay the bunch on the length of yarn.Tie the length together in the center of the bunch and pull tightly.
cut a length of yarn and lay it out.
cut a length of yarn and lay it out. | Source
Lay the bunch on the length of yarn.
Lay the bunch on the length of yarn. | Source
Tie the length together in the center of the bunch and pull tightly.
Tie the length together in the center of the bunch and pull tightly. | Source

Slip the bunch of yarn from your fingers and lay on a piece of yarn that you have already cut. Tie the yarn around the center of your bunch. Make sure to hold the bunch tightly together so that it doesn't unravel.

Tie the length of yarn tightly in the middle and cut the ends to match the other lengths of the bunch.


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Cut the loops on one side of the tied bunchtrim the ends to all one lengthRoll the ball between your palms and you now have a cute, poofy pom pom.
Cut the loops on one side of the tied bunch
Cut the loops on one side of the tied bunch | Source
trim the ends to all one length
trim the ends to all one length | Source
Roll the ball between your palms and you now have a cute, poofy pom pom.
Roll the ball between your palms and you now have a cute, poofy pom pom. | Source

Slide the scissors into the loops of one side of the bunch and cut. Sometimes you have to cut a few stray loops that didn't get cut the first time.

Repeat on the other side of the bunch. Trim all the ends to match the same length and then roll the ball in your hands to make a poofy pom pom.

Glue the pom pom to the top of the bottle
Glue the pom pom to the top of the bottle | Source

Using your glue gun put hot glue around the rim at the top of the bottle and lay the pom pom on top and press hard.


Now you have a little white snowball on the top of Santa's hat.

I wrapped the groves of the bottle with white yarn just to add to the top. You can leave it unwrapped if you prefer.

A Christmas Craft: Santa Bottle
A Christmas Craft: Santa Bottle | Source

You Now Have A Santa Bottle

There you have it, a quick and easy craft to create a Santa Bottle. Don't throw that bottle away, recycle it and create something cute for your Christmas holiday decor.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

That is cute and looks like fun, may have to try that! ^


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jrpierce 3 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

It was fun I was about to toss it in the trash and thought I could do something with it instead. I hope yours turns out well if you try it :)


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Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

What a cute and original idea! I think I'd make santa bottles to put candles or LED lights in. It would probably make a good gift idea too, if it contained some port or muscat...


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jrpierce 3 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

Thanks for your comment! I thought of doing the candle on the top as well, or if I had a top using them to make home made Kahlua as a gift. The ideas are endless for bottle uses instead of throwing them away.


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Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Well I always like to upcycle, so this is a great upcycling idea whether full or empty!


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jrpierce 3 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

I agree I'm an avid up-cycler myself! :)


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i love recycle craft. This is an ideal craft for kids


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jrpierce 3 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

I love any sort of recycle project too, and you are right it is a great craft for kids! My daughter is going to make a couple of elf bottles to match the Santas.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Very cute My daughter would love to make this. Thanks for sharing such a clever craft. Angels are on the way this morning. ps


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jrpierce 3 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

My daughter had a good time making them as well. It was a fun craft! Thanks for the visit :)


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute gift idea.....could leave the wine in it???


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jrpierce 2 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

I bet you could! I had empty ones, but it would make a cute gift to give a full bottle decorated like a santa :)


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

your santa bottle is cute, i should have seen it earlier, voted up


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jrpierce 22 months ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

Thanks Peachpurple, I got it out this Christmas and kept admiring it all season, I need to make something else with bottles this year, I really like easy crafts.

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