Twinkling Reindeer Bottle

2011 Satin Cone Tree
2012 Golden Lights Cone Tree
 

I didn’t invent the idea of putting lights in a wine bottle. I’ve seen many of these projects which have inspired me to come up with my own version. Unlike some lighted bottles, this one has nothing to plug in and no cord trailing out of it. I found a small 36” string of lights with its own battery pack and switch, perfect for this project. The lights have a soft glow so they don’t overpower the bottle design but if you’re looking for a brighter light, they do come in bright white.

Even without the lights, the white snowy ground, the green trees, and golden reindeer climbing through a starry midnight sky make a colorful holiday display. But oh, how pretty it is when you flip the switch hidden in the tinsel top. Download my reindeer and tree stencil to make painting the bottle easy work.

Any holiday theme can be painted on the bottle. If you’re insecure about your artistic ability, looks for images you can copy. The image design for the bottle on the right was lifted from the cover of a Christmas card.

Allow paint to dry thoroughly between steps.

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the stencil on a large label sheet. Cut out the stencil with a craft knife or stencil cutting machine.

step 1 - Download and print out the stencil on a large label sheet. Cut out the stencil with a craft knife or stencil cutting machine.

step 2 - Soak the bottle in hot sudsy water to remove labels. Dry completely. Place a wide rubber band around the bottle about three-quarters of an inch from the bottom.  Move the band up and down to create a wavy line.

step 2 - Soak the bottle in hot sudsy water to remove labels. Dry completely. Place a wide rubber band around the bottle about three-quarters of an inch from the bottom.  Move the band up and down to create a wavy line.

step 3 - Airbrush white paint below the rubber band.

step 3 - Airbrush white paint below the rubber band.

step 4 - Mix a little black with the blue paint to create a midnight blue effect. Airbrush the top two-thirds of the bottle with a light coat of blue paint.  If the paint is applied too heavily, it will lift off later when the stencil is removed. Leave a small portion of the bottle’s green color unpainted.

step 4 - Mix a little black with the blue paint to create a midnight blue effect. Airbrush the top two-thirds of the bottle with a light coat of blue paint.  If the paint is applied too heavily, it will lift off later when the stencil is removed. Leave a small portion of the bottle’s green color unpainted.

step 5 - Add snow to the bottle. Dip an old soft bristled toothbrush in white paint. Tap the brush into paper towels or a rag to remove excess paint. Hold the brush a few inches from the bottle and with a gloved finger, flick the bristles to spray fine dots of paint on the glass.

step 5 - Add snow to the bottle. Dip an old soft bristled toothbrush in white paint. Tap the brush into paper towels or a rag to remove excess paint. Hold the brush a few inches from the bottle and with a gloved finger, flick the bristles to spray fine dots of paint on the glass.

step 6 - When the paint is dry, remove the backing from the stencil sheet for the trees and snowflakes. Press the stencil onto the bottle. Align the bottom of the trees with the rubber band. Cover the reindeer and stars and airbrush the trees and snowflakes with white paint.

step 6 - When the paint is dry, remove the backing from the stencil sheet for the trees and snowflakes. Press the stencil onto the bottle. Align the bottom of the trees with the rubber band. Cover the reindeer and stars and airbrush the trees and snowflakes with white paint.

step 7 - Avoid handling the bottle until the paint is dry. Then cover the trees and snowflakes and airbrush the reindeer and stars with gold paint.

step 7 - Avoid handling the bottle until the paint is dry. Then cover the trees and snowflakes and airbrush the reindeer and stars with gold paint.

step 8 - Carefully and slowly, peel the stencil away from the bottle.

step 9 - Loosely stuff the lights into the bottle. Attach the battery pack to the neck of the bottle with a rubber band. The switch should be positioned so that it is easy to access.

step 9 - Loosely stuff the lights into the bottle. Attach the battery pack to the neck of the bottle with a rubber band. The switch should be positioned so that it is easy to access.

step 10 - Wrap a strip of white tinsel garland around the neck of the bottle to conceal the battery pack. Tuck one end into the rubber band and the other end into the bottle opening.

step 10 - Wrap a strip of white tinsel garland around the neck of the bottle to conceal the battery pack. Tuck one end into the rubber band and the other end into the bottle opening.

NOTE

I used a green tinted wine bottle.  Using a clear or other color bottle will give the finished project a different look. 

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 9440 White Paint
  • 9486 Royal Blue Paint
  • 9441 Black Paint
  • 1921587 Metallic Gold Paint
  • Aztek airbrush

At Labels By The Sheet

At Target

  • white tinsel garland

At Amazon

  • Gerson 18 led light string (available in bright and soft white)

Misc.

  • wine bottle
  • old,soft bristle toothbrush

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