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Bottle Stoppers

Posted by  ·  September 11, 2008  ·  Last Updated: September 11, 2008

Simple, fun and easy enough for kids to make. Fill a bottle with homemade flavored vinegar or olive oil and cork with your handmade stopper.  There are also many recipes for flavored vodkas and fun liquors. You could even put homemade lotion in a fun cork-able bottle. My bottles will be filled with homemade Irish Cream liquor (I’ll share that recipe later).


1 1/2″ wood ball knobs
acrylic paint
acrylic primmer
acrylic polyurethane
bottle corks
gorilla glue or hot glue

Lightly sand wooden ball and then wipe with a damp cloth. Once ball is dry ( a minute) prime the ball with acrylic primer.  When the primer is completely dry  give your ball a base coat of color and then begin painting your design.  I stick a wooden dowel or the end of a paint brush in the hole of the ball so I have something to hold onto while I paint. The wooden dowel can be stuck into a piece of styrofoam so the ball can dry. Once your painted design is finished and dry, give your ball two or more coats of polyurethane. Allow polyurethane to completey dry between each coat.

I have tried many brands of acrylic polyurethane and I am partial to this one.

Glue the ball to a cork.  Be careful if you use Gorilla glue, it can be messy but it is strong!

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  1. LeAnn
    Saturday, September 26th, 2009
    Should the top diameter of the cork be 3/4"? I can't find corks with 3/4" bottom diameter. What do you buy?
  2. LeAnn
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I've been wondering how to make these for the past 6 months. These will make some great Christmas gifts for my wine enthusiast friends!
  3. Thursday, August 20th, 2009
    What size corks do you use? I did a search online and was overwhelmed by the number of sizes for tapered corks. Thanks!
    • Thursday, August 20th, 2009
      Most wine bottles have a standard internal neck size of 3/4"
  4. Monday, December 8th, 2008
    I thought these were ceramic! They look soooo cool!
  5. Monday, September 29th, 2008
    these are such a great idea for christmas gifts! :o)
  6. Sunday, September 14th, 2008
    Um... I'll be waiting for that recipe! Yum!

    Cute craft!

  7. Cathy
    Sunday, September 14th, 2008
    I saw these hot glued to a magnet on a refrigerator. They were very cute!
  8. Jen
    Friday, September 12th, 2008
    Love these bottle toppers!! They would make GREAT Christmas gifts!!
    Thanks for the fun idea!
  9. Thursday, September 11th, 2008
    Fun blog!
  10. Thursday, September 11th, 2008
    These are fantastic! So adorable and so much fun!