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Miniature Wine Bottle Tutorial

Updated on December 30, 2012

How To Make Miniature Bottles For Your Dollhouse

This tutorial will show you how to make miniature bottles using "push pins" and polymer clay.

More free miniature dollhouse projects at My Small Obsession, click the link at the bottom of this page.

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Clear push pins

Polymer clay

Wire cutters


Clear nail polish

Microwave and microwave safe dish

Step One

Use wire cutters to remove the pin.

Tip; Use a lighter to carefully heat the metal pin and it will come out easily.

Step Two

Use the wire cutters to cut off the smaller end of the

pushpin. The larger end will become the "bottle neck".

Discard the small piece and sand the top of the "bottle neck" if needed.

Step One Continued....

Your push pin should look like this with pin removed.

Step Two Continued....

Your push pin should look something like this one.

Step Three

Mix your clay and roll out a thick snake about the size you want your bottle. I used red and translucent clay for my bottle. Use any color use choose, your "bottle neck" will reflect the color if using clear push pins.

Step Four

Place the "bottle neck" on the clay and press down a little. Roll the clay some more with the "bottle neck" on, to achieve the look you want.

Step Four Continued....

For a wine bottle, taper the bottom of the bottle. Continue this step to achieve your bottle's shape.

Step Five

Make a small cap from clay and place on top pressing gently. You can use a bead for the cap instead of clay; skip this step if using anything other than clay.

Step Six

Place your bottle in a microwave safe bowl filled with very hot water.

Step Seven

Place bowl in microwave for about 30 seconds and then carefully check your bottle. It takes about a minute and a half in my microwave; the time will vary depending on how hot your water is to begin with and your microwave.

Step Eight

Bring the water to a boil, don't overcook and do not put bottle in the microwave without water, it will scorch.

Step Nine

Carefully remove from water and let cool. Don't worry if your bottle comes apart during cooking. Use a little tacky glue to hold pieces together. Add label and coat with clear nail polish.

Step Ten

Add label and coat with clear nail polish.

Find labels to print at the address below.

Use your imagination to create many different kinds of bottles. - Experiment with different sizes, shapes and colors.

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      5 years ago

      A very creative approach to making bottles! I just bought a big pack of clear pushpins to create lots of bottles. I have one small suggestion: I've found that clear nail polish yellows after a year or so. Maybe ModPodge (TM) or clear acrylic medium would be a better suggestion? Thanks for this wonderfully original idea for making bottles!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot.

    • MiniMaker profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you and thanks for letting me know about the broken link! I have added a new link to some printable wine and liquor labels.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great tutorial! Just wanted to let you know the link to the site providing wine labels is broken

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      Miha Gasper 

      8 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Great stuff. Little things can really make BIG difference!

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      8 years ago

      These are fantastic! Here's something I discovered (the hard way!) Push the pin down thru what ends up as the bolltle neck, then pull it out. Looks even more real!


    • MiniMaker profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! I checked out the Sugru, pretty interesting stuff and I can see it being useful in miniature but it is pretty expensive compared to polymer clay. Thanks for the link!

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      8 years ago

      Great tutorial! If you use air drying sugru instead of polymer clay you won't have to bake it. Here's a link to their site, cool stuff!

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      8 years ago

      @Gamganny: What a wonderful idea.......sure will make one or 2 or moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ^_^

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      8 years ago

      Unbelievable. Girl Scouts make small things called "SWAPS" for trading. We could make a soda bottle perhaps. Great tutorial!

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      8 years ago

      Wow Deana...that's a VERY clever way to make a bottle! I'm going to try making one, tonite!

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      9 years ago

      So smart! Excellent and creative tutorial. The pictures add a lot. Blessed

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      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      What a fun and clever idea....making wine bottles out of pushpins is completely new to me, thanks for the tutorial.

    • MiniMaker profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @Gamganny: Thank you! =)

    • Gamganny profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the directions. Very helpful and unique lens for mini's....Blessed by an Angel


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