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23 June, 2012

DIY Vintage French Wine Labels

My latest project is so simple that I don’t know why I have never thought of it before…giving an ordinary wine bottle a more interesting vintage look!

staffMy staff and I were on the patio for morning coffee…well, coffee for me, not them! They were much more interested in the catnip…both caged and free range…and in drinking from the water feature. I was contemplating my next project…soon to be revealed…and wishing for some pretty vintage wine bottles when an idea hit me!

rustic French wine country centerpiece I frequently use wine bottles in my French-themed decor…like this rustic French wine country centerpiece…

bakers rack …and the wine brick in my clay collection, as well as the basket holding wine bottles in the background. For me, there’s one wine bottles are just ordinary…not pretty.

before Then I realized that there’s an easy fix for that…just change the labels! Duh! Why had I never thought of that before? Sooo…I soaked two of my bottles in hot water and then removed the labels.

labels Then I went on the hunt for pretty vintage French labels and found these…wonderful illustrations by the Alsatian artist Hansi (Jean-Jacques Waltz). It was love at first sight for several reasons…I had lived near and visited Alsace, one of my favorite regions of France, and Gewürztraminer is my favorite wine! But best of all…Hansi is one of my favorite French artists!

Hansi Mon VillageIf you are a long-time follower of my blog, you may remember that I even had a Hansi-themed blog dress at one time, starring illustrations from his children's book Mon Village! I love the provincial costumes and the wonderful architecture of the region…and those fabulous storks nesting on the roof bringing luck!
 vintage French labels And here is the stork again…this time on my wine bottle! I just printed the labels in 4 x 6 size, cut them out and attached them with rubber cement…easy! You can find more French wine labels by region here. Just click on the names of the regions to be taken to the labels.

diy vintage wine bottlesAnd here they are…finally!…pretty vintage French wine bottles! It looks like they came that way, doesn’t it? No longer will I have to hide my labels for fear of subjecting you to ugly ones!  Now I am wondering what other labels I can change!

cmr Hmmm…do you think anyone will believe this is a 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild? lol At $15,000 a bottle, probably not!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my vintage French wine labels ! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing into Spring

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Such a cute idea. I love it and you picked some of the cutest labels. I would even believe the Rothschild. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. Debbie, You've done it again! What a marvelous idea! ***Lois

  3. Very cute idea! Love those labels! Love wine! hugs, Linda

  4. Very cool idea. You could really take this places. Give those gorgeous cats a big hug from me. Nice to see them all at once. Deb

  5. You come up with some of the most fantastic and relatively easy DIY's!

  6. Hi Debbie,
    My sister is in the planning stages for a winery in California. I sent her your tutorial so she could have some fun playing around with labels! Thanks!

  7. Oh I love your wine labels. Especially the last one. Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to pin this one!

  8. What a completely gorgeous idea--I love the fact that it is beautiful, inexpensive and easy to do! Thank you so much for sharing--(how did you know that I have probably 15 wine bottles that are a pretty shape but plain, just wasting away in my basement, just waiting for a project like this??) I am a new follower, and get your posts in Google Reader, and always look forward to them. Also love the staff--a good idea to cage the catnip.

  9. This is a great idea -- so fun to search out these vintage labels and then incorporate them this way!

  10. That is hilarious! I might buy up several bottles of wine and just put some incredible labels on them when guests come over!! Do you think they would notice? Too funny!!

  11. Debbie,
    What a neat idea! I have just printed out a couple of them and shall save this project for Florida! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Debbie, Such a wonderful idea and I love the labels you used. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

  13. Debbie...I LOVE those gave me a great idea for my dinner party!!...Was so great to have met you!!!...Really enjoyed talking to you and getting to know you!

  14. Great idea. I love that we can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary with our modern day computers. Great labels. Love the colors.

  15. You are so clever! I love reading your blog, just chockful of ideas. And your cats are highly entertaining!

  16. Debbie,
    You never cease to amaze me, dear friend! Too cute are those wine bottle labels! Great to see "The Staff" out of doors enjoying the weather before the heat of the day sets in!

  17. What a wonderful idea! I'm looking for ways to "fill" an antique frame I have, and this may be a solution. Will have to work on it! How about a collage of labels?
    Love your images: thanks for showing us!
    Just started following you too.

  18. You are a non stop creative machine, Debbie. Love the vintage labels.


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