I am a lover of wine. I am also a lover of wine bottle labels. I’ve been known to buy a wine just because of the label. My husband and I prefer locally grown and made wines either here in Minnesota or in Texas, where we have discovered some amazing wines. My preference is semi-dry either white or red, I don’t like overly sweet or overly dry, but I will drink a very dry red if it’s got some good flavor behind it.
Years ago I came up with an idea for using the wine bottle labels. I made a collage!
For this one I had bought an old cheap painting at a rummage sale, spray painted it and the frame brown and then mod lodged the labels over it. My next one will be on a canvas.
I am currently in the process of collecting more labels for my second collage.
I’ve experimented with various ways to remove the labels from the bottles. So far the best and only way is to fill the bottles with boiling water. I use an electric tea kettle.
I set the bottles in the sink as I fill them and then I let them sit for a few seconds before slowly peeling the label off. I lose very few labels this way.
Then I stick them onto white paper. I use that cheap drawing paper roll that I have on hand for the grandkids to draw on.
Then I cut them out and put in the zip lock bag. At this stage I leave some paper around the label when I cut it. When I’m ready to actually put the collage together I will trim accordingly. I will try to remember to post about the construction of the collage when I get around to actually doing it. The first one took me several days, mostly figuring out the placement of the labels.
I have tried using the sticky label removers such as the ones made by Oeno but they just do not work as well.