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I am not quite sure if you have figured out how the randomness of my mind works yet. But this post should clue you in on that. What I made is this - a custom wine bottle label - the rest of the blog is how we got there!

It all started as I was scrolling through my reader the other day and saw this post from Jenn @ The Hostess with the Mostess about Oscar Party decorations using Photo Wrapped Cylinders. Hold the phone - is this not a GORG centerpiece!

And as soon as I saw this I thought "Meighan!" (I told you I'm random.) But here is why. My BFF Meighan is getting married at the end of August and we have been tossing around centerpiece ideas since I am helping her do the flowers (I did mine for my wedding and it has to be less stressful to do them for someone else!). I immediately shot it over and when she called back she said "What about instead of on the vases, we do that on the wine bottles?" (It is going to be a wine themed reception.)  We were thinking personal shots of her and her beau (and their pups!) on the bottles with a different one for each table. So I told her I would give it a test run here.

First, I got a wine bottle - this one I had saved because the label cracked me up (don't try to figure out what it is if you are easily offended!). My step-MIL bought it for us while we were down in Key West.  But it was willing to give itself up for the cause!

So I stripped off the top foil wrap and started to work on getting off that label. People, I am here to tell you that there are a lot of resources out there to tell you how to remove a wine label. If you want to save it - I just wanted it off!!

Here is what I can tell you after my trials and tribulations. According to the internet - my bottle, which came from California - has the highest concentration of glue. (If you attempt this on your own, may I recommend an import.) To get everything off, what worked for me was
- to soak the bottle in hot water for a couple hours
- scrub with steel bristled brush
- get frustrated
- sprinkle the bottle with Barkeepers Friend (my all time favorite cleaner!)
- scrub some more with fantastic results
Ah - a clean bottle.

Then I pulled up one of my favorite pictures of me and the hubby from our wedding into Picnik (BTW - if you aren't using this yet you are missing out!) and I put in a sepia tone, added a vignette feature, then added a focal soften, rounded the corners, added a regular border, and then added a museum mat border.  (And if you weren't using Picnik before I bet you will want to now - all of that is FREE! No sponsorship here - I am just in love!)

I printed that bad boy off onto some white card stock, cut it out and pulled out the Mod Podge! You can still see it drying a little in the photo below.

Here is a close up of the detail. I love how vintage it looks with the sepia and softening accents that I used in Picnic

I can't wait to see what Meighan comes up with - but I think these are going to look fantastic on the tables with little square vases of dark red and pink roses, votives, and scattered corks! I think these would be great as an Anniversary present or perfect for creating your own personal wine labels for an event or party.

So let's hear it - any tips you can pass along for decoupaging paper or photos on to glass? I (and Meighan too!) would love to hear your tips!

Update:  Wanna see how Meighan's came out?  Check them out here!

I am linking this up to the following parties this week! 

Made it Monday with Jules @ The Persimmon Perch 
The DIY Project Parade with Roeshel@ The DIY Showoff
Trash to Treasure with Kimm @ Reinvented 
DIY Day with Kimba with Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today's Creative Blog
Penny Pinching Party with Jen @ The Thrifty Home
Show and Tell with Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

Also linking this up to the Mod Podge Challenge at the CSI Project!  

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28 frugal friends said ...

Sonny G said... @ March 8, 2010 at 6:26 AM

what a creative and unique idea.. well done indeed

Ann said... @ March 8, 2010 at 7:36 AM

I really like it! Such a great idea!

June said... @ March 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM

That really looks great! Your wedding picture is beautiful!

Unknown said... @ March 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

SOLD! I am ALL over that!!!

Unknown said... @ March 8, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I love it, Jess. Last summer I painted a ton (100 to be exact) of wineglasses. It's a pain to paint on glass, IMHO, so I thought I'd ModPodge some scrapbook paper. Seemed simple enough.
Ha! I could not get the dang bubbles out. So I am duly impressed w/your wine bottle! I guess now I have to give it another try. I love the wine bottle. I got some oil thingies - like for olive oil - @ Walmart to paint on. Figured it'd be a lot quicker to glue the paper on & paint on the paper. But those bubbles!!!
I'll keep trying, tho. Thanks for the project!

****** "M" said... @ March 8, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Very cute! Yay! Picnik is our friend!!! I've had it about a year and love it! There is a good product for getting labels/goo off 100% Organic,a citrus solution called "De-Solv-it". It comes in a spray trigger bottle. (Also works really well for getting spray paint off of hands)

Sonia said... @ March 9, 2010 at 6:13 AM

Hi Jess, That's a lovely idea..I have done a few projects with glass bottles myself but never thought of displaying a picture on it. I like the ease and the elegance of the idea. Will try this on one of the endless stash of bottles that I have. I have made a few vases and candle holders with wine bottles..Can't list all the links here so here's the collective link:
Do let me know what you think of them!

Marianne said... @ March 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Great variation on a wonderful idea!

Victoria said... @ March 9, 2010 at 1:34 PM

That is so cool, I love your wedding photo's and I have recently become totally obsessed with Picnik...it's very addictive!

Julie said... @ March 9, 2010 at 2:44 PM

So special! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Kim -today's creative blog said... @ March 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Great job!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... @ March 10, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Wow girl, you've got your linkyness all covered for the week don't you? :) I LOVE this idea. So cute!

Unknown said... @ March 11, 2010 at 5:10 AM

This is so smart! I will definitely be using this for Christmas thank you!

Erin said... @ March 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM

This is an awesome idea. I am throwing a bridal shower at a winery this summer...I am so stealing this idea...plus how much fun am I going to have getting all the bottles empty??? WOOOHOOO! Just found your blog...you have another follower/FAN! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said... @ March 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Love this idea! I saw that blog post too and never thought about using wine bottles and pics! Thank you!

Unknown said... @ August 9, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Very cute! I love it.

Claudia said... @ August 9, 2010 at 3:12 PM

This is EXACTLY what I did for my wedding center pieces! Economic, personal, and of course eco-friendly! (not to mention pretty darn cute!) Thanks to my cousin Rossane who made them for me!

Merly said... @ December 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Hi. I really love this idea. How can I do it also? What type of software/website did you use?

cema1cema said... @ August 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I would love to do this. My question is do you put modge podge on the back & front of your picture? Or just the back? Thanks!
Christina ccapps35@gmail.com

cema1cema said... @ August 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I would love to do this. My question is do you put modge podge on the back & front of your picture? Or just the back? Thanks!
Christina ccapps35@gmail.com

Unknown said... @ January 29, 2016 at 5:13 AM

I use a hair dryer to help in removing the labels, it is quick and easy. No need for soaking. Then some rubbing alcohol and a scrubbing pad to remove any excess glue, works like a charm. Quick and simple.

April said... @ September 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM

I love the idea! how do I apply the mod podge? to front and back? sorry I didn't see the reply above on how to do it? thank you - Aprilcurley@gmail.com

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