Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Coke Bottles and Chocolate Pecan Brownie Cake

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Santa Claus, Reindeer, Snowmen, Penguins and Coke! They all go hand in hand, at least with these cute neighbor gifts. All you need is some glass Coke bottles, some small crafting supplies and a glue gun! 
 You can find these glass bottles of Coca-Cola at Sam's Club. They come in a large 24 pack. I like buying these because they are made with real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup and the 24 pack is perfect for crafting for neighbor gifts! You can also get a 4-pack of 2 liter Coke or Diet Coke for $3.98 during the holiday season!

We are full on entering the realm of neighbor gifts and teacher gifts this year, So I thought I would put together some fun Coke bottles. What I love about these gifts is that you can give them one at a time, or put a bunch of them together to make a larger gift.
For Reindeer Bottles you will need:

  • glass Coke bottles
  • small google eyes
  • brown pipe cleaners 
  • small red pom poms
  • hot glue

 You can use either one pipe cleaner or two to create the antlers for your reindeer. The bottle on the left was done with 1 pipe cleaner and the bottle on the right with two. Cut off a section of pipe cleaner and fold it into a V. Using hot glue, secure it to the end of the pipe cleaner to it creates the antler look. Repeat with the other side. Fold the pipe cleaner around the top of the bottle and ad a dab of hot glue to keep it in place. Hot glue the eyes and nose to the front of the bottle.
 For Santa Bottles you will need:

  • glass Coke bottles
  • white felt 
  • red felt
  • black felt
  • yellow felt
  • small Santa hats or extra red and white felt 

 Take a long strip of red felt and hot glue it around the center of your bottle.
 Hot glue a smaller strip of black felt around the middle of the red felt.
Cut a rectangle of yellow felt and then cut a small rectangle out of the center of it. Hot glue it to the front of the bottle.
 Add a small Santa Hat or create one by wrapping the top of the bottle in red felt and tying it with a piece of string.
Cut a small beard out of white felt. Make sure to cut it small enough that you don't cover the belt and then hot glue it to the front of the bottle.
  For Penguin Bottles you will need:

  • glass Coke bottles
  • white felt 
  • orange felt
  • felt in your color choice for hat and scarf 
  • string or twine
  • hot glue
  • google eyes
 Cut a large piece of white felt. It should kind of look like a heart that has a rounded bottom. Hot glue it to the front of the bottle. Add the google eyes and a small triangle orange felt for the face. Cut a long strip of your color choice of felt and fringe the ends. Wrap it around the bottle under the face and hot glue it. Take a large piece of felt in the same color as your scarf and wrap it around the top of the bottle. Hot gluing the bottom of the felt as you go. Gather the felt at the top of the bottle, just about the cap and tie with a piece of string or twine. Fringe the end that are above the twine to make it look like a hat.
  For Snowmen Bottles you will need:

  • glass Coke bottles
  • white felt 
  • red felt
  • black felt
  • orange felt
 I wanted really badly to make the bottle itself a snowman, but I couldn't figure out how to do that without spray painting the bottle white and I didn't want to do that before it had been opened, so I settled for a snowman on the front of the bottle.

This one was so super easy to make. Cut three white circles in different sizes. Hot glue them to the front of the bottle. Add a small piece of red felt to the top circle, fringe the ends to look like a scarf. Cut a small piece of black felt and then a square. Hot glue them both to the top of the bottle to be the hat. Add small piece of black felt for buttons and eyes and a piece of orange for the carrot nose.
 These bottles all come together in no time flat, so you can use an entire case to make teacher gifts, neighbors gifts or friend gifts for all of your high schoolers friends!
If crafting isn't your thing, use your Coke bottles to make this amazing and EASY cake. 
 My husband and daughter both rave about this cake. It is delicious and creamy with the texture of a brownie. It has the perfect frosting/cake ratio with a fun crunch from the pecans. 
 You will need:

  • 1 Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Bottle of Coke
  • Pecans 
  • chocolate frosting

 Mix together 1 package of cake mix and about 10 ounces of Coke. A can or bottle has 12 ounces in it, so you are mixing most of the bottle but not quite all of it. Grease a pan and add the cake batter to the pan. Bake according to the box directions, but plan to check on it 5-10 minutes before it is supposed to be done. In my experience this cake bakes faster than a normal cake mix.
 Allow the cake to cool completely and then frost it with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle pecans over the top and you have the easiest and most delicious brownie cake ever.

Between fun neighbor gifts out of the Coca-Cola bottles and dessert for your Christmas party, it is turning out to be a festive a Coca-Cola filled season.

How do you use Coke in your Christmas baking?
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Katie said...

I need to make that cake! The coke bottles would be a fun craft to do in class too!

Masshole Mommy said...

Those Coke bottles are super cute. Who wouldn't love those? I am going to have to make some :)

Logan Cantrell said...

These are so adorable! I especially love the little reindeer! The snowman is also really cute. My son would enjoy that one!

Sandi said...

What a fun idea as easy gifts. I like your step by step instructions.

Cristi Comes said...

Your Coca-Cola glass bottle characters are so cute. My kids would love to make these with me. Great tutorial. Thanks. #client

ana de jesus said...

These look awesome I literally thought you had brought them in the shop! Great artistic license as usual.

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I love the santa belt! It sucks that the bottles are wrapped in giant plastic wrap - the whole point of buying glass bottles, for me, would be to avoid the plastic.

Cynthia Landrie said...

I am not sure which one of these is my favorite! I really do enjoy drinking coke from a bottle - to me it just tastes better. What fun to decorate these for the holidays.

JennaK said...

All of these ideas are awesome but my big takeaway is the cute snowman.

Jessica {Swanky Recipes} said...

These are just the cutest thing ever! I love Coke Cola and we always have it around for the holidays. This sounds like a fun way to present them!

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

these are super cute and will make fun gifts to give to people you know. I love the recipe too - I mean oh my yum1 ;)

Paula said...

Adorable! I love that you called out that this kind of coke doesn't have high fructose corn syrup. I have fructose malabsorption which means I can't have any HFCS ... it makes me super sick. Anyway, these are so cute, and remind me of crafts that I made when I was a kid. So cute!!

Anonymous said...

My favourite has to be the penguin crackers, I laughed when I saw them. Paired with the yummy brownies... how could you go wrong for the little AND big kids. Thanks for sharing. tp keane

Heather said...

These are the cutest little decorations! I think they would be a lot of fun for a party. My kids would absolutely die if I brought out this craft! Thanks for sharing.

Jen K said...

How cute are these bottles?! Coke always brings back great memories for me from my childhood.

MyTeenGuide said...

What cute ideas to dress up a coke bottle. My family is a huge coke fan. I want to try this.

Karissa Ancell said...

These are so cute. My sister in law and niece always left out coke in a bottle for Santa. Now my niece is all grown up and leaves nothing out for Santa I'm sure.

Elizabeth said...

LOVE old fashion coke bottles. Fun idea :)

Bri @ All Thats Glittered said...

I've never used coke or soda in baking, very interesting. I will have to try it!

Hi, I'm Susannah! said...

These are adorable! A few years ago I gave my husband a six pack of beer decorated as reindeer. It was tons of fun!

Brittany Ashmore said...

So adorable! I've only seen the reindeer ones! Love the Santa one!

Kristin Swenson said...

You are so creative! Those are simply adorable. I just love old fashioned Coke bottles. Perfect to serve this weekend!