How to decorate your house with your favorite wine bottles

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The same way that a photograph commemorates an occasion, enjoying a nice bottle of wine is an experience to remember. While you can take a snap shot of your delicious bottle of wine and put it through an apt filter, or no filter at all if you happen to have great lighting, to share the experience with your friends who were not a part of this memorable occasion, there are ways in which you can go further to remember this great bottle of wine that brought so much joy.

A wine cork holder will hold and display all of the corks of your favorite bottles of wine. There are simple decorations like an oversized wine glass cork holder. Or there are more traditional routes like a wrought iron cage, or some sort of wall art. There are a myriad of DIY crafts to creatively display your wine bottle corks, be sure to check out our older post “3 ways to use wine corks”, and of course Pinterest is a great resource for a lot of artistic ideas as well.

If you have more time to spare, you can also remove the wine bottle label and post in a collage or decorate your wine cellar door with them. There are a few methods in which you can remove the label, but one hint is to safe up a few wine bottles and do these all at the same time.

  • Over a pot of hot water: After soaking the bottle in hot water for about 15 minutes, you should be able to easily but gently peel the label away from the bottle. After you have successfully removed the label, tear-free hopefully, you should put the label on a clean and dry surface.
  • In the oven: Setting the oven to 475⁰F, place the bottle on the center rack and leave it in there for about 10 minutes. After that time you may carefully remove the bottle with some form of oven mitt protection because the bottle will be very hot. Using a knife, you should start at a corner, slowly lifting it and then pulling the rest back. Again a clean surface is key for preserving the label, but you might be better off putting the label on a clean sheet of paper as the glue will probably still be sticky and not dry; this is will also make the label some added strength.
  • Adding boiling water to the wine bottle: Boiling some water in a pot, get a funnel and pour the water into the wine bottle. Let it sit for a few minutes and then carefully start at a corner with a knife and slowly peel it back. To preserve the label you may want to add it to a sheet of paper to ensure it doesn’t stick to anything else.

If you don’t have that kind of time, or if you keep getting frustrated because you accidentally tore the label (don’t worry we’ve been there too) is to add a tall thin candle stick into the opening of the wine bottle. The drip from the candle will look really artistic and everyone loves the candle lighting. However, once a candle is finished it’s difficult to reuse the wine bottle again with a new candle. But this just means that you’ll have to enjoy that same bottle of wine again, hate when that happens. Or you can spring for a wine bottle oil lamp kit that is easy to use and cleaner. But you might want to always have a few extra bottles on hand, just for good measure.

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