Artists all over the world have been inspired by the iconic imagery of Coca-Cola and have used it in their original works. Continuing with this tradition, we challenged five Etsy artists to take Coke’s iconic contour bottle and use it to create festive holiday pieces. Here is a showcase of their unique creations.

A Year-Round Display

Amber Rinck uses recycled bottles to create vases, oil lamps and tiki torches, which she sells at her shop, Great Bottles of Fire on Etsy. “I have always loved crafting, creating and fixing. I never buy things if I think I can make them myself, and I try to do my own handyman work around the house, although it doesn't always work." In 2010, Rinck made wall vases for her kitchen using empty wine bottles. "I got so many compliments that I decided I needed to sell them.” So using Coca-Cola bottles was a natural for Rinck, who chose a simple theme for the bottle wall series so that the vases could be updated throughout the year — not just over the holidays. 

Coca-Cola bottle vases

Creating Magic From a Basic Bottle

Artist and crafter Susan Lynch often creates gourd art, painting on glass and using watercolors. The Hanukkah piece (left) was created on an old Coca-Cola bottle that was found at a local antique store. "This piece was tricky because of the lines and curves, so I imagined that the curved lines would be Menorah candles painted in glass paint and baked on for permanency." She imagined the acrylic gold jewels at the top of each one would be the flame of the candle. "Then I placed blue and white glass stones on the 'candles' to accent with whites and lighter blues." She then drilled a hole in the glass in the back of the bottle, prior to painting, to insert a 20-light strand of lights.

To create the "Coca-Cola Christmas Tree" piece, she drilled the hole for the lights, painted round "ornaments" on the clear part of the bottle with glass paint, baked it, then embellished with glitter glues. She made the top with a Christmas pick, trimmed and glued into the cork. "This bottle was readily available at the local grocer, so I drank a Coke and washed it out and it was ready to go!"

More of Lynch’s work can be found at

Decorated Coca-Cola Bottles

Creating Trees With Bottlecaps

Lutie Lois is a self-taught crafter and folk artist. Much of her work is done with recycled bottlecaps, plywood and glass. “This trio was created with limited-edition Coca-Cola bottles that were glittered on the inside to create the base,” explains Lois. “The cone tops were cut out of plywood and covered in flattened Coke, Sprite and Diet Coke bottle caps, then attached to the tops of the bottles. The biggest challenge was getting the bottle caps to line up around the cone. About halfway through the project, I could see something special emerging, but I knew I was going to need lots more bottle caps — about 150 of them. I'm very pleased with how they turned out and the challenge of the journey. I think these Coca-Cola Trees would look great on a holiday mantel."

Lois’ work can be found at her Etsy shop 3DogDesignStudio.   

Creating Trees With Bottlecaps

An Unusual Coca-Cola Menorah

Artist Melinda Douglas often uses beverage cans, PVC, beads and other items to create the original pieces she sells at her Etsy shop, Crafty Mountain Mama. Douglas’ work takes inspiration from her life. “The PVC craze began with the child-proofing of my home,” says Douglas, and she ended up using it everywhere — including turning it into playhouses and wreaths. Her first soda-can flower piece came from a need to make something with very little overhead. It also helps, says Douglas, that she has a complete lack of embarrassment about digging through her community's recycling bin. She was inspired to create the Coca-Cola menorah one night and promptly set to work fashioning it.

An Unusual Coca-Cola Menorah

The Bottle Transformed

Michelle Dessin of Dessin Creations is a self-taught artist who works primarily with recycled glass bottles to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and home accessories. "I love working with a beautiful bottle,” says Dessin. “This lovely piece was created by taking a limited-edition French Coca-Cola bottle called 'Noel 2000' and putting it into a kiln at nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. I never know if the colors will remain until I try it, so it's a fun experiment and a wonderful surprise when a gorgeous bottle like this one turns out! I think it's a festive addition as a spoon rest for the holiday table or in the kitchen."

Coca-Cola bottle transformed