How to Make a Wine Bottle Christmas Tree

The first step? Start drinking.

wine bottle christmas tree
(Image credit: Etsy / AJsGlassInnovations)

It's common knowledge that booze and Christmas go together like turkey and Thanksgiving. Scratch that: both holidays involve copious amounts of booze. Relatives fly in, family gets together, and wine is passed around the table. But what do you do with all those extra bottles of vino from Thanksgiving dinner? Well, the wine-lovers of the world have just come up with a solution.

Wine bottle Christmas trees are taking over Instagram, and we're loving it. With this new DIY holiday craze, you can watch your "tree" grow in size like you're opening an alcoholic advent calendar (opens in new tab)—counting down the days till Christmas, one bottle at a time. By the time the 25th hits, you'll have a brilliant handmade holiday centerpiece for your home. (What a perfect excuse to "test drive" those vino-related holiday gifts (opens in new tab).)

Here are some of the best we've seen.

A post shared by Stacey (@spark1988) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

A post shared by Annie (@anniewigmore) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

Ready to make your own?

First things first: don't use an actual tree. You'll want to get your hands on a tree-shaped rack, like this one from 18BelowDesign (opens in new tab) on Etsy. Or check out this smaller scale version for $329.99 here (opens in new tab). Wine bottles are obviously not included, but that would be missing half the fun.

For those that prefer an already decorated "tree," check out AJs Glass Innovations (opens in new tab) on Etsy, where they're sold for $1,600.

Either way, these trees sure are a fun way to stay festive!

Katie Robinson