- Cheap wine. Charles Shaw is always a winner here. $2 a bottle at Trader Joe's
- Masking tape
- X-acto knife
- Spray paint. Definitely need orange, green is optional.
Soak the bottles in a bucket of water for a little while and then peel and scrape off the soggy mess. This only took about 10-15 minutes, I think. I actually forgot about them on my front stoop for a bit. I'm an awesome neighbor.
Break out the masking tape! Put a large working are on the front of the bottle. The "front" here being the side facing you when the seams of the bottle are pointing to the side.
Also wrap a bit of tape around the top of the bottle to avoid painting the cork and lip of the bottle.
Use the X-acto to cut the edges of the faces you just drew. Make sure to get all the way around. Then just peel away everything else, being careful not to go too fast. You may have missed a spot and don't want to go back.
If you do mess up and tear the tape, you can patch it with a bit more masking tape. That's what happened to the happy face on the right.
use the orange spraypaint and apply a series of light coats with 20 minutes in between to let each coat dry.
Once you're done, let the bottles dry for at least an hour before removing any of the tape.
Slowly remove all of the tape and you have some wine bottle jack-o-lanterns! While these bottles are dry to the touch they may still be a little tacky and smell like spraypaint. Let them fully dry for a few days, or even a week, before putting them out or giving them to someone else. No one likes a smelly present.
Finally, don't hesitate to drink them, fearing that you'll ruin the look. They still look good even when empty.