Learn how to make a gorgeous wine bottle candle holder using a simple tissue paper decoupage process. It’s an easy craft for all ages and a terrific homemade gift for kids to make for Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday.
Eek! I’m so excited to show you our latest wine bottle craft!
The kids used scraps of tissue paper to turn some empty wine bottles into candle holders to give to their moms for Mother’s Day, and we’re thrilled with the way they turned out. They make a really lovely homemade gift, especially for a mom who loves wine.
I came up with the idea recently when I was searching for my good candlestick holders. It had been years since we’d used them and I couldn’t remember where I’d stashed them.
My husband joked that we could just use empty wine bottles like we used to when we were dating, and my wheels started turning…
What a great craft idea for my daycare kids! They could turn some plain old bottles into decorative candle holders, and hello… with Mother’s Day right around the corner, they’d be perfect for the kids to give to their moms.
Tissue paper decoupage came to mind right away – it’s the perfect way to decorate a glass jar or bottle. We made Valentines votive holders when the kids were really young, but we haven’t done a decoupage project since. I knew they’d enjoy the process even more now that they’re older.
This project turned out SO well! It’s really quite a quick and easy craft. It doesn’t take long at all to decoupage the bottle, and the project dries quite quickly.
Clever Way to Wrap Your Wine Bottle Candle Holder
And you know what else is cool? To give as a gift, just slip your wine bottle into a wine bottle gift bag and top with tissue paper just like you would when giving a full bottle of wine as a gift.
Don’t forget to tuck in a couple of taper candles in a matching colour! Your kids could also make some of these homemade wine charms to go along with their gift too.
Another creative wine bottle craft:
If you’re looking for another awesome wine bottle craft to make for Mother’s Day, check out our gorgeous painted wine bottles. They’re perfect for watering indoor plants (no spills or drips!) and they can be displayed as a piece of decorative art in between waterings.
Ok! Let’s make ’em!
- wine bottle
- tissue paper
- mod podge (or white glue thinned with a bit of water)
How to Make a Decoupage Wine Bottle Candle Holder
- Prepare Wine Bottle
Remove the label from your wine bottle. Stubborn labels come off easily if you add a 1/4 cup of washing soda to a sink full of hot water. Let the bottles soak for 30 minutes and the labels will slip right off.
Rinse the bottle inside and out, making sure all glue from the label is removed. A scouring pad works well for this.
Set your bottle upside down to drain and dry.
- Cut Tissue Paper into Squares
Your squares can be any size. For our rainbow bottle, we used 1 inch squares. For other bottles, the squares were 2 to 3 inches square.
They don’t have to be perfectly square either. Some of ours were rather wonky, and some were even torn into irregular shapes.
- Decoupaging Your Wine Bottle
To apply the tissue paper to the bottle, brush some Mod Podge onto the bottle. It’s best to work in small areas so the Mod Podge doesn’t dry before you get to it with the tissue paper.
Press a piece of tissue paper into the Mod Podge, and brush a little more Mod Podge over it, to smooth out any wrinkles, coating the piece of tissue paper completely.
Add another piece of tissue paper making sure it overlaps the previous piece.
Continue to work around your bottle until all of the glass is covered.
- Let your Bottle Dry
Allow your bottle to dry completely in a warm, dry place.
- Add Candles
To add your candles, you may have to shave a little wax off the bottom of the candle so it fits into the opening of the bottle.
You can do this with a paring knife, shaving it off in little pieces.
Gently push your candle into the bottle, twisting a little to make sure it’s in there snugly.
Note: It’s important not to push or twist with too much force to avoid snapping the candle.
Aren’t they beautiful? I love the way they look in the light.
Now, pop your wine bottle candle holder and a couple of taper candles into a wine bottle gift bag, and you’re all set for Mother’s Day!
Because You Liked Our Wine Bottle Candle Holders:
- Clothespin Wine Charms
- Painted Wine Bottle “Watering Cans”
- Mother’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers
- More Great Mother’s Day Crafts
Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book!
25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured in the book.
Follow the Hooligans on Facebook!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.