Like many, I am a huge fan of Pinterest (you can follow me here) and regularly Pin inspirational pics and projects to try at home. A few weeks ago I stumbled across a link to a wonderful site by Sylvain Allard, who teaches packaging design. He’d asked his students to design a wine bottle sleeve from a single sheet of paper; the results were beautiful. One sleeve in particular caught my eye, so I had a go at recreating it at home, wondering if it would prove to be easy enough to become a new, chic way of bringing-a-bottle to parties this coming holiday season.
Firstly, I drew out a rough template of rectangles, each slightly deeper than the next. Using a craft knife I cut along three sides, rolling each strip back on itself as shown below….
I folded and glued each strip in an arc, slightly offset, sticking it at an angle as shown below…
I practised on a rough sheet of paper first, but when I then wrapped it round a wine bottle it looked a little plain, so I added a corkscrew image to my template as well, as you see above and below. To attach the sleeve, I just used colourful washi tape to hold the ends together. Voila!
Making the sleeve took me about half an hour, which included the time to deconstruct and reinterpret the picture I’d seen on Sylvain’s site. You can make it even more quickly by using my template (below; PDF link at the bottom) – let me know how you get on!
Suddenly wrapping bottles seemed like a great way to spend the evening, so I found a few leftover vintage envelope prints I had from making our hot air ballon and used them to make this other sleeve below..
I had googled ‘vintage envelopes’ and found some lovely free-to-download examples including some here (worth a rummage in this treasure-trove of free printables)
I simply cut a rectangle of brown paper, scrunched it up and flattened it, glued on an envelope and secured it around the bottle with string. This one was much quicker but looked just as lovely.
So, why not wait for a rainy evening ahead of the party season and have a play!