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Wine Crafts: Wine Label Greeting Card Tutorial

Updated on December 31, 2014

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.

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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 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.

Labels, removed from the bottles.
Labels, removed from the bottles. | Source
Decorative paper.
Decorative paper. | Source
Glue/water mixture.
Glue/water mixture. | Source

Materials

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.
  • Scissors.

Optional:

  • Other decorative items such as glitter glue, stickers, metallic gel pens, etc.


Instructions

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.

Paint the back of your label with the glue mixture or Mod Podge and glue it to the background.
Paint the back of your label with the glue mixture or Mod Podge and glue it to the background. | Source
My label glued to its background.
My label glued to its background. | Source
While the other label is drying, I'm going to use these ones which have already dried. Oops, they got a little smudged with red! Oh well, they'll do fine as an example.
While the other label is drying, I'm going to use these ones which have already dried. Oops, they got a little smudged with red! Oh well, they'll do fine as an example. | Source

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.

Labels and backgrounds glued to the card paper.
Labels and backgrounds glued to the card paper. | Source
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Cut the white paper slightly smaller than the construction paper on all sides.Fold the white paper in half and paint the spine with glue.Press the glued fold into the crease in the construction paper.Dab the corners with glue and press them into place.
Cut the white paper slightly smaller than the construction paper on all sides.
Cut the white paper slightly smaller than the construction paper on all sides. | Source
Fold the white paper in half and paint the spine with glue.
Fold the white paper in half and paint the spine with glue. | Source
Press the glued fold into the crease in the construction paper.
Press the glued fold into the crease in the construction paper. | Source
Dab the corners with glue and press them into place.
Dab the corners with glue and press them into place. | Source

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.

Pressing all my glued items flat to dry under a heavy book. It's a good idea to press them between two sheets of scrap paper to avoid a mess.
Pressing all my glued items flat to dry under a heavy book. It's a good idea to press them between two sheets of scrap paper to avoid a mess. | Source

Final Tips

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.

The Outside and Inside of a Finished Wine Label Card

The outside of a finished greeting card, decorated with light and dark blue glitter glue.
The outside of a finished greeting card, decorated with light and dark blue glitter glue. | Source
The inside of a finished greeting card.
The inside of a finished greeting card. | Source

A Few More Cards I've Made

Here are some previous wine label cards I've finished.
Here are some previous wine label cards I've finished. | Source

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    • agusfanani profile image

      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      It's very creative and the result is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love this idea! I've also used empty wine bottles that are just too pretty to toss as taper candle holders. They look pretty neat sitting on top of an antique dresser or fireplace with the waxed melted down over the bottle.

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