Christmas DIY: Reindeer Bottles + Brownies

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Crafting and baking are two of my favorite things this time of year, and today, I’m excited to share both of them with you! Even better, my DIY craft and brownie recipe make for great small gifts for coworkers, neighbors, teachers, etc. And of course, an added bonus to any gift for friends and family.

reindeer coke bottles

To get my crafting and baking started, I headed to Sam’s Club to pick up a 24-pack of 355 ml glass bottles of Coke de Mexico, which are made with real sugar (and no high fructose corn syrup). A 24-pack goes a long way! Sam’s Club is also offering 4-packs of 2-liters of Coke and Diet Coke for a special price of $3.98 during the holiday season.

So now that we have what we need, let’s get to those brownies!

What You’ll Need (Ingredients)

  • 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 bottle of Coke (12 oz.)

coca cola brownies

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.

Mix together all of the ingredients in one bowl (fun fact: the Coca-Cola acts as a substitute for eggs and oil) until you have a smooth batter, and then pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes.

BOOM. You’re done! So easy!

coca cola brownies

Now that your brownies are cooling, it’s time to start crafting the most adorable Coca-Cola Reindeer bottles! Note that the quanity of your supplies will depend on how many you plan on making. To help you determine exactly how much of each item you’ll need, the numbers indicated below are for a single bottle.

What You’ll Need (Crafting Supplies)

  • Coca-Cola bottle (1)
  • Pipe cleaners – assorted colors (1 1/2)
  • Googly eyes (2)
  • Red pom pom (1)
  • Hot glue gun

Directions

First up is the googly eyes! Place them above the label, leaving enough room to hot glue a pom pom nose on there!

Next up, is getting the antlers together. You’ll essentially need 1 1/2 pipe cleaners per bottle. The first will be a whole one and the second needs to be cut into pieces about 1/4 (you should have 4 pieces when you’re done).

Then, take 2 of the small pieces (one for each end of the whole pipe cleaner), and twist the small piece around the whole pipe cleaner to create the antlers.

Finally, you’re ready to twist the antlers around the top of the bottle to secure the antlers, and you’re good to go! Repeat this for as many bottles as your heart desires!

While I was putting my reindeer bottles together, I also had a great idea for what to do with empty bottles. Make candy holders! If you’re having a party at home or in the office, fill an empty bottle up with your favorite candy of the season (that will fit in the bottle) and have a guess how many are in the bottle contest. The winner gets to keep the bottle!

What are some of your favorite recipes and DIY projects for this time of year? How would you incorporate the classic glass bottles of Coke de Mexico into them?

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  • This is too cute! Would be perfect for a work party!

    • Thank you! Definitely great for a work party, and so fun to keep on your desk for a little extra Christmas spirit :)

  • Those are just darling!

    • Thanks, Kristin! They’re a great addition for Christmas decor, esp in the office!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I never knew you could substitute Coca Cola for eggs and oil! How cool. I love the festive bottles and your brownies have me salivating…Glass coke bottles are my friend’s favorite thing, so I’m going to share this with her : )

    • Yes! It’s esp great if you find you’re missing oil/eggs and don’t want to run out to the store. So glad you like the bottles! The glass ones are very cool!

  • These are adorable! Love it!!

  • Oh my gosh, these bottles are so cute! I need to work on my creativity when it comes to home decor!

    • Thanks, Erin! These are great for home or office decor!

  • I always make cupcakes with the box mix and Coke, it’s SO much easier! I haven’t tried it for brownies but (obviously) I can see why it works! I bet they’re delicious, I should try it.

    • You should! I haven’t tried them with cupcakes, but I’m sure it’d be pretty similar!

  • Oh Rachel, these are SO cute! I’ve never made brownies with soda, but they sound awesome! I love to cook sweet pork with Coke!

    • Thanks, Chelsie! I haven’t tried Coke with sweet pork, but I’ve heard it’s a pretty popular thing to do! It sounds so good, I’ll need to try it!

  • Those Coke bottles look so cute!
    Also, I had no idea about using coke as a substitute — how interesting.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thanks, Jenny! And yes! It’s so great that you can swap things for other ingredients (esp if you run out – it’ll save you a trip to the store)!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I love that you are so festive. Cute reindeer but I would love to see this go a little more on the healthy side. I do love you are article on the plug ins though! Some super helpful stuff on there. Great blog, thank you for taking the time to write some great content

    • Thanks for stopping by, Heather! There’s no such thing as too much festiveness this time of year :)

  • Leslie Soto

    Those are adorable and what a good idea! I’ll have to keep this in mind! Thank You for sharing!

  • Cristi Motto Comes

    Such fun reindeer! I love a simple and cute project and cake, definitely love cake. :) #client

    • Thanks, Cristi! The simpler, the better during this crazy (and wonderful) time of year!

  • Emily Ducatte

    These brownies were awesome!

  • I just came across this post and those coke bottles are adorable! I just pinned them to save for Christmas :)

    • Yay, so happy to hear that! They were so much fun to make!