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10 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Wine Bottles


Looking for fun, easy ways to upcycle or reuse wine bottles? Most tutorials highlight projects that are sorta lame or require too many tools. Who needs a tutorial to tell you how to paper mache a bottle and put flowers in it to make a vase? LAME! (or easy enough that you don't need step by step instructions).

So, here are 10 cool ways to reuse or recycle wine bottles that aren't lame or too complicated. Some require tools, and some don't. At the very least, hopefully a few of them get your creative juices flowing!

1. Make Drinking Glasses

One of my favorite ways to reuse wine bottles is up-cycle them in to drinking glasses. Cut the top of the bottle, sand the edge smooth, and voila! You have a drinking glass to use for your self or etch the glass to create a personalized handmade gift! Cutting glass is easier than you think! I have also had good experiences using this glass cutter because it helps keep the cutter stable.

2. Make Self Watering Planters

Creating a self watering planter also requires cutting the bottle in half. After the bottles is cut in to two pieces, turn the top upside down and place it back in the bottom. Fill the bottom with water and use a wick to help draw the moisture up to the soil. Now, fill the top with soil and watch your plant grow!

3. Make a Wall!

Alright, making a wall out of bottles might be a little outside of the scope of most crafters, but its still a pretty cool idea. Embedding different colored wine bottles creates a beautiful affect.

4. Create a Colorful Garden Border

Bury your wine bottles on the edge of your garden so just the last few inches of the bottom show to create a colorful border for your flower garden. Try experimenting with the different heights of bottles to create a patterned border.


5. Make Hanging Water Vases

Wrap twine around the neck of a used wine bottle and hang several from a tree to create colorful hanging vases. Perfect for a summer garden party!

6. Water Plants While You're Away

Instead of relying on your flaky neighbor and hoping for the best, use a wine bottle and to ensure your plants are still alive when you get home. Just fill the bottle up about 3/4 of the way with water and turn the bottle upside down in your planter. Self absorption keeps the water inside the bottle until the soil is dry. Easy and no tools required!

(Note: if you have problems with the water leaking out of the bottle make sure you are pushing the bottle deep enough into the dirt. You can also try covering the opening with a piece of newspaper)

7. Use as Candle Hurricanes for Outdoor Events

Create candle hurricanes by cutting the bottles in two, just a little farther down than you would for drinking glasses. For this project, you want the top to be the tallest part. Place over candles during an outdoor wedding or garden party to keep the wind from blowing candles out. Decorate the bottles for an extra personalized touch.

8. Make a Whimsical Wind Chime

Cut a bottle in half and attach beads and pieces of sea glass to create a musical up-cycled wind-chime. Perfect for thoughtful handmade gifts for your loved ones!

9. Use Bottles to Make Shelves

Yeap, you read that right. I found this great tutorial showing you how to use scrap wood and wine bottles to make a very sturdy set of shelves. This project is pretty tool intensive, but definitely doable!

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10. Use as A Soap Dispenser

Purchase a soap pump from a craft shop and use it to turn a pretty wine bottle into a cute soap dispenser. Specifically look for a pump with a long straw and a cork top that will fit into any size bottle.

Feel free to ask question about any of these projects, or share your own!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 22, 2013:

What great ideas! I don't drink wine, but these are some really great ideas for re-using wine bottles for those that do. Voting up and interesting! :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 22, 2013:

Great ideas! The picture at the top is so beautiful. I better start guzzling more wine so I can make one of these!

My son saves wine bottles and shoves them down into the ground, bottoms up, around the garden as an edging. It looks very pretty.

danielleantosz (author) from Florida on December 24, 2012:

Glad you enjoyed it :) @carol7777, a glass cutter can be found at most home supply stores or in the stained glass area of craft stores. They are usually only a few bucks :)

pitzele from Pennsylvania on December 24, 2012:

Gorgeous pictures!! These are great ideas for reusing something that most people just throw away.

Brenda Trott, M.Ed from Houston, TX on December 24, 2012:

I've never tried to cut glass before, I may do that. I love upcyclying and I think the soap dispenser is the best...awesome photos by the way:)

carol stanley from Arizona on December 24, 2012:

absolutely creative masterpieces. Love them all. Bookmarking, voting up and pinning. Where do you get glass cutters...We drink wine so I will enjoy recycling.

moonlake from America on December 23, 2012:

Good ideas for using up wine bottles. Love the wall. I use one in the kitchen for soup and one for homemade vanilla and one for olive oil. Enjoyed your hub voted up.

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