How to Make Trophy Bottle Stoppers {The Pinterest Challenge}

Hello! Now you know I’m a pinner just like most of you are right? Now ask me to make something from what I’ve pinned and that is a challenge I will accept. But  finally did it and it’s the easiest craft project you will ever see. Only 2 supplies needed, OK 3 if you are going to use them ~ hint hint, vino…

Here they are, my Pinterest Challenge come to life ~ Trophy Bottle Stoppers


Aren’t they the cutest? My inspiration was a Country Living Practically Free craft found here.


For this cute and useful craft {cause we all need our crafts to be useful right?} all you need is the following:

  • Drill with a smaller bit
  • Trophy tops from the thrift store
  • And tapered corks from a wine or beer supply store ~ About this: I first bought regular old corks, the synthetic ones actually since I thought they would last longer than cork, but it turns out they don’t fit into a wine bottle. Rightfully so because corks are put in with a machine. Your hands will not be able to squeeze a regular new cork into a bottle, trust me.


Trophy Bottle Toppers

Thankfully I found the tapered ones. I got size #9 and #10 which are cork. The #9 is smaller and fits into the bottle a little farther but both will work. I got these at a local wine brewing supply store but I’m sure you can get them online.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

The hunt for trophies was fun. I ran right out the next day because of course I’m thinking:

Every thrift store in town is going to be out of trophies once this Pin catches on! I better hurry!

I get all anxious like that about crafts. Once I see them I need to go immediately out to get supplies. Do you do that too? OK, good. I’m not the only crazy one. But I happened upon a great stash of trophies at the thrift store. The cashier asked me if I was a teacher. Cute idea, but no.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

I got all kinds. The hunter, the basketball player and a few of those angel ladies with the wings. We all have one in the closet right?

Trophy Bottle Toppers

And I got four of the same trophies from Mary. We’ll leave Mary anonymous since she apparently didn’t want any of her swim champion trophies from 2003.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

But enough fun thrifting, let’s get to the project.

To do this first you take your trophy apart. They all have a nut at the bottom that holds on the long pole which the actual statue is on. Unscrew that nut.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

Soon enough all your trophies will be in pieces and you’ll have all these bodies lying around.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

Then you grab your drill and start drilling. I used a 9/64 bit for these. It’s smaller than the piece on the bottom of the trophy but that is OK because you want it to fit in well. I drilled in gently about half way in the cork.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

And lastly you gently screw the cork onto the trophy. The original how to on Country Living said to glue them but I didn’t do this. I want to know how they will hold up. Maybe I’ll need glue? But they seem pretty secure without it.

Trophy Bottle Toppers

Be careful to screw it on straight.
And THAT friends is how you get a cheerleader on top of your wine bottle.

Trophy Bottle Toppers


Fun and easy. Now who has a basketball player on top of their whiskey? You!

I’m linking up with the Summer Pinterest Challenge at: Centsational Girl, Young House Love, Bower Power, Ten June

P.S. See my coffee table turned ottoman winter Pinterest Challenge project here.


  1. i pinned this idea…. have yet to do it though. 🙂 yours look awesome!!!!

  2. I love this, great job! Too bad I got rid of all my old trophy’s (that = one, LOL!)

  3. These are so cute! I love the cheerleader one – so much fun!

  4. So clever! They look awesome 🙂

    xo Cindy

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m in love with this idea! Watch out old swimming, cheerleading and irish dancing trophies – you are about to be dismantled! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. This is awesome! What a cute idea. You could even spray paint the trophies in bright colors! Thanks so much for sharing this. (I came over from the pinterest challenge!)

  7. You are incredible! You come up with the most amazing projects – who would’ve thought to use trophies like this? Seriously! And I might just have a few trophies stashed away deeeeeep in the archives 😉

  8. gahhh i love these wine stops! love the idea and concept!

  9. Great minds think alike. We host an annual shindig at my place with some really great wines on the table. It’s for a golf event so I used golfing trophies for mine. And, I used a bunch of wine corks we already had. They seemed to go in the bottle easy enough and then, I decided to chop off the bottom half of the cork so the toppers sit closer to the edge of the bottle like our Country Living inspiration ones.

    All said, LOVE your cheerleader one (smile).
    These are just too fun!

    Bernadette from

  10. Haha! Those are so clever! I love it!

  11. So cute! I hadn’t seen that on Country Living – don’t know how I missed it since I stalk that site constantly! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Really cute idea. Love this project!

  13. Awesome project! These would be so much fun to hand out with a bottle at a sports viewing party!


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