Wine Crafts: Wine Label Greeting Card Tutorial
Wine label art is often extremely beautiful, unique, and creative, and I sometimes find myself buying a particular bottle simply because I adore the label. The wine doesn't always live up to its packaging, but most wine-lovers are guilty of a little bit of bottle prejudice now and then. But what to do with the lovely labels after finishing the wine?
Well, I love upcycling projects that create beautiful and useful items and art from junk, and one of my favorite wine-related upcycling projects involves making greeting cards out of the labels. Making your own wine label greeting cards is easy, fun, and doesn't require any artistic talent.
Why Make Wine Label Greeting Cards?
Picture this: It's your wedding anniversary and you've purchased a thoughtful gift for your hubby that you know he'll love, but it's lacking that extra bit of personality. So, you decide to write him a romantic note about how much you appreciate the time you've spent together... and on the cover of his card is the label of the wine you toasted with at your wedding. How romantic!
There are lots of sentimental occasions where a wine label card can be extremely meaningful. But even without a special occasion, wine label cards are a beautiful craft that you took the time to make by hand. They're sure to delight your friends and family, and they're very inexpensive and fun to make.
How to Remove Wine Labels
- How to Remove Wine Labels for Art and Scrapbooking
Here's how you can remove, save, and reuse the beautiful labels from your wine bottles.
How to Make Wine Label Greeting Cards
Before you begin making your greeting cards, you'll have to remove the labels from the wine bottles. Don't worry! It's really easy. Check out my Hub on it.
Once you've removed the wine labels, you're ready to go. Here's what you'll need to make greeting cards.
- Wine labels, removed from the bottles.
- Construction paper.
- Plain white paper.
- Decorative paper.
- White glue or Mod Podge.
- Small paint brush.
- Other decorative items such as glitter glue, stickers, metallic gel pens, etc.
1. If you're using white glue, mix it with water at a ratio of half glue, half water. (If you're using Mod Podge, skip this step and just use it as-is.) Lids from old jars are great for mixing the glue and water in.
2. Choose a decorative paper for the background to your label and cut it into a border for the label. I chose matching origami paper as an example. Scraps of pretty wrapping paper, colored tissue paper, and patterned art paper also work great.
3. Paint the back of your label with the glue mixture or Mod Podge and glue it to the background. Make sure you paint only a thin layer of glue and press the label firmly in place.
4. Press the glued label and background flat and allow the glue to dry. I put mine beneath a sheet of scrap paper and press it flat with a heavy book while it dries. Mod Podge will dry more quickly than glue, but I usually allow mine to dry over night whichever I'm using.
5. Cut a piece of construction paper in half hamburger style (shortways). I usually pick a color of construction paper that generally matches the colors in the label and the background paper.
6. Take half the construction paper and fold it in half hamburger style again. This piece is going to be your card. It should look card-shaped at this point. Feel free to make cards of any size later. This one is just the easiest to start with.
7. Once your label has dried, paint the background paper with glue and press it to the construction paper card. Press firmly and smooth out any wrinkles in the paper.
8. Press flat again and allow the glue to dry a second time.
9. Cut a piece of plain white paper slightly smaller than your construction paper card.
I use plain printer paper and cut a rectangular piece about 1/2 centimeter smaller than the construction paper piece on every edge.
10. Fold the white paper in half just like the construction paper.
11. Paint glue along the white paper fold and press it into the construction paper fold.
12. Dab glue on each corner of the white paper and press into the construction paper.
13. Fold the finished card closed and press it flat again to allow the glue to dry.
At this point, your finished card should look something like the photos below. You can call it quits here or decorate your finished card further with glitter glue (like I did in the below example), stickers, or other items. Also, feel free to add more layers of decorative paper or try other patterns as you get comfortable with the process.