This is a project I did a while ago and didn't take any pictures, so I will take pictures of what I did in a recreation. My wife and I love wine and to add to our decor I made a picture from our favorite labels (and some that were just easy to get off the bottle.)
Saw-hand or power
exacto knife and/or scissors
hair dryer (optional)
small paint brush
The total cost of this project was about $25 --the matting was about $5, I bought the frame on sale for $10 and the masonite was about $10.
Step 1: Step 1- Peeling the Labels Off
Step 1: Collect your wine bottles and take off the labels. This step I did over time as I bought wine. If you have a lot of bottles around then your job is easier. This is the toughest step in the project.
Labels are not all made the same. Some are paper that easily disintegrate under water and others have a plastic coating. Some have easily softened glue, others have some kind of super glue that makes it impossible to get the label off. There are four ways I attempted to get labels off.
1. Simply peel the label off-be very careful, go slowly and don't panic if you have a small tear. You are going to glue the label down to a piece of printer paper anyhow, so any big tears can be glued down. Also, later, when you make your collage you can arrange the label so the tears are covered..
2. Soak the label in hot water for about 15 minutes. This is the main way I was able to get most labels off. The hot water will soften the glue. You will still need to peel off the label and glue it down.
3. If your bottle is empty then you can fill the bottle with hot water, wait 10 minutes, then attempt to peel off the label. I used this several times to get labels off that I was suspicious could not get wet.
4. Use a hair dryer to soften the glue. If your label looks like it is made of paper that will disintegrate or you have already tried the water method, then this might work.
Once you have your label off, use your craft glue and glue down your label to a piece of printer paper. Press the label down under a book for about a day so that it can dry flat. I did this even without using the water because the glue can make the label bubble.
Step 2: Step 2- Making the Collage
Step 2- Once you have all of the labels you want use, arrange them in a collage. Cut your masonite to the size of your frame. I arranged the collage right onto the masonite, then glued them down. Before gluing, i used the matting to make sure the label was inside the viewing area. I cut the glue down with a little water and used a brush to brush on the glue. This helps keep the glue thin and not get the labels too wet.
Step 3: Step 3-Assemble Your Picture
Step 3-This is the easy part. Assemble your frame. Glass first, matting, masonite picture. Voila!