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How to Make a Wine Bottle Gnome (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

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Dress Your Wine Up Like a Gnome (DIY Wine Bottle Cozy or Koozie)

Gift your friends with a wine-toting gnome. This gnome is made to be slipped off and reused on another bottle of wine—or to get a more permanent home on an empty wine bottle. When you see how easy it is to make, you'll find yourself making one for all your friends and family members. And it's inexpensive to make ... of course, it depends on the price of the wine.

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List of Supplies Needed for Your Gnome

  • Bottle of wine: You can see mine is already empty.
  • Mop head: Buy this at the dollar store or Walmart. Take the mop head apart and separate the individual strands: I used 26 strands, consisting of 4 threads. After separating the threads, I had 104 pieces.
  • Wooden ball: I used a 1-inch ball, but a larger one works also.
  • Rubber band
  • 13" x 13" piece of fabric: This is used to cover the bottle and make the gnome removable. I used fabric from an old pajama set.
  • 16" x 21" fabric: For the gnome's hat.
  • 9" x 1" tape or fabric: For the gnome's beard. I used the hem from the cover fabric.
  • Jute and bell (optional)
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Step 1: Make the Gown

To make the gown, fold and glue one edge of the fabric to make a 1" hem.

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Fold the fabric piece in half, with the right sides together and the hem at one end. Glue the long outer edges together to make a seam. When the glue is set, turn the gown right side out.

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Place the gown over the wine bottle and, using the rubber band, close the top of the gown.

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Step 2: Add the Nose

Glue and place the wooden ball about 1/3 of the way down the bottle. Hold the ball in place until it is set. (The beard and hat will be also glued to the nose, so don't worry if the it doesn't seem secure now.)

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Step 3: Create the Beard

Take 4 or 5 mop strands, fold them in half and glue to the 9" piece of tape or fabric. Continue across the tape.

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Then, taking the rest of the strands, fold a few pieces together and glue over the spaces between the first row of strands.

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Place the prepared beard under the wooden nose and glue in place. Glue the center of the tape directly under the nose, and then slightly up the sides of the nose. Continue at a slight slant, as pictured above.

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Step 4: Make the Hat

Fold the fabric for the hat, with the 21" right sides together. Cut from the outside edge to the folded edge, to form a triangle shape. On the long bottom edge, turn up a 1" seam and glue in place. Then fold the triangle (right sides together) and glue a seam along the long edge. Let the glue set and then turn the right side to the outside.

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Step 5: Secure Everything in Place

Place the hat on the wine bottle with the seam to the back. Glue the hat to the top of the nose, down the sides and over the beard edge. Glue from the front to the back, covering the top edges of the beard. Glue the remaining hat to the back of the gnome with a slight downward direction.

I took a few strands of the mop, tied them together in the center and glued them under the nose. Then I trimmed the beard to just the bottom of the bottle. The beard wouldn't have to be trimmed though, if you like the longer look.

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Step 6: Add the Finishing Touches

Bring the end of the hat to one side of the gnome head, arrange in a puffy look and glue in place. Wrap a few rounds of jute to the end of the hat and add a bow or bell. Glue in place. Now you can remove the gnome from the bottle to use again. Or drink the wine and replace the gnome!

© 2020 Loraine Brummer

Comments

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 20, 2020:

The bell on the end of the hat is a very nice touch. I love this craft so much. I'm sure it would work with any tall bottle. You could even glue a sprig of silk holly for a holiday decoration. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,

Denise