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Empty Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

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What can you make with old empty wine bottles?

Just a Few Ideas

Simpe Home Decor

Candle Holders



Hanging Items

Wedding Items

Old empty wine bottles are a perfect craft medium for many different kinds of home décor projects. With ideas ranging from lamps to vases to hanging decorative pieces, there is something for everyone. Kids will be able to assist with many of these projects. Wine bottles are also a popular item for weddings. You can use them for table numbers, centerpieces, favors, and more. Most of the ideas here are inexpensive and can be completed in an afternoon. Happy crafting!

Remove your wine bottle labels with ease.

Soak a wine bottle in hot, soapy water for one hour. Attempt to peel off the label. If the label does not slide off easily, add more hot water and soak it for a while longer. If your label still needs more help, consider using a water and bleach solution or Goo-Gone. [source]

Are you nervous about cutting a wine bottle? Check out these video tutorials.

There are lots of creative uses for wine corks as well!

Natasha also has an excellent wine bottle cutting tutorial!

There are so many arts and crafts projects to make with these old wine bottles.

There are so many arts and crafts projects to make with these old wine bottles.

How to Paint Wine Bottles

Simple Décor Ideas

Some of the simplest décor craft ideas are the most effective. Consider the following easy ideas for decorating your old wine bottles.

  • Wrapped. You can wrap wine bottles in yarn, hemp, twine, ribbon, or festive décor (i.e. gold or silver Christmas strands). Surprisingly if you're going to glue your wrapping in place, Elmer's is one of the most effective options. Some people opt to wrap the whole bottle while others opt to only wrap part of it. (Check out partially wrapped bottles here.) Some people just add a simple touch with a knotted ribbon or length of rope.
  • Spray painted. If you already have spray paint at home, this is a really easy option that will completely transform a bottle. Are you painted several bottles? Consider color themes, such as an ombre set.
  • Ombre frosted. If you still can't get past the ombre concept, consider the simple tutorial from Saved by Love Creations that is linked on the right that uses rubbing alcohol and frosted glass paint.
  • Painted on the inside. Pour a little bit of paint inside a bottle and carefully turn the bottle so that the entire interior gets coated with paint.
  • Chalkboard painted. Join the chalkboard paint trend and turn an empty wine bottle into a miniature chalkboard with a few coats of chalkboard paint. Paint the whole bottle or just a small section.
  • Decorated with permanent markers. You can add virtually any type of design, picture, or writing to either a plain or painted wine bottle.
  • "Frosted" with Epsom salt. After you've spray painted your bottles, give them a coat of spray adhesive and then roll them in Epsom salt. More details from Cleverly Inspired with the link on the right.
  • Glitter covered. Mix all purpose Mod Podge and glitter and paint it on a bottle.
  • Covered in rhinestones or decorative glass stones. You can pick up rhinestones or decorative glass stones for cheap at any big box craft store.

Wine Bottle oil Candle, Wick- Cleverly Inspired

Candle Holders

  • Candle shelter. This decorative item makes a wonderful table décor piece any time of the year.
  • Cut bottle candle holders. Cut off the bottom of a wine bottle and add a candle. Consider putting together a display with multiple bottles that have candles of varying sizes.
  • Tall candle holders. After you cut off the bottom of the bottle, stick a tall skinny candle in the neck.

Make a Wine Bottle into a Night Light


  • Filled with Christmas lights. One of the simplest ways to make a wine bottle lamp is to fill a bottle with a short strand of Christmas lights. Situate the bottle near an outlet so you can plug it in and easily hide the cord. Some people use a glass drill bit so that the cord can feed through near the bottom of the bottle inconspicuously.
  • Table lamp. Turn a wine bottle into the base of a table lamp.
  • Tiki torch. Making a tiki torch is one of the more involved projects here, but it is well worth the effort. You will wow guests at every backyard party that you host.

Both real and pretend flowers are perfect for wine bottle vases.

  • Felt and Paper Flowers Tutorial: DIY Craft Project
    This article is a tutorial for felt and paper flowers. It includes a supply list, step by step directions for making bouquets, and lots of photos. It also includes other suggestions for felt and paper flower projects.


You can use just about any of the ideas from the simple décor section above for wine bottle vases.

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  • Decoupage. There are numerous options for decoupage that you can use for a wine bottle that will function as a vase.
  • Cut bottle vases. Don't let the cutting glass step deter you from considering this idea. It comes together pretty easily.
  • Planters. Take it one step further and create a planter.

Hanging Decor Ideas

  • Hummingbird feeder. Do you live in an area with hummingbirds? Attract them to your yard with a recycled materials homemade feeder.
  • Lighting. Modify one of the candle or lamp tutorials so that you can hang your bottle. Check out an example here.
  • Wind chimes. There are so many different ways that you can configure your bottles to make creative, unique wind chimes.

Tip: Wine bottles are perfect for wedding shower and bachelorette party centerpieces, table décor, and favors, too. Additionally, to keep with a wine bottle theme for a wedding, consider giving mini wine bottles as wedding favors.

Wedding Décor - Dipping Wine Bottles in Plasti-Dip

Wedding Ideas

Many of the ideas featured in this article can be used or slightly adapted to use for weddings. However, there are a few wedding specific wine bottle crafts as well.

  • Centerpieces or table décor. Think about how you can decorate your bottles so that they will fit with your wedding theme and colors.
  • Table numbers. Many people use chalkboard paint for this concept, but you don't need to feel limited to this. Consider attaching a small sign or sticking one in the top of the bottle.
  • Guest book. Have your guests sign a wine bottle with permanent markers. Some people opt to spray paint the bottle first. Make sure that the marker choice will work well with the bottle or paint color.

For those who love wine...

Are you looking for more recycled craft ideas? Check this out!


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 24, 2013:

I haven't cut glass bottles personally, but this is one of my favorite tutorials about cutting glass: If you have any questions about the tools or the process, feel free to contact her directly.

Heather from Arizona on September 24, 2013:

Such great ideas. I've been thinking about crafting with bottles for awhile now but would like to buy a cutting tool. I didn't see it mentioned in your article (unless I'm totally blind), but is there a specific tool or method you prefer when you did yours? I see a couple different kinds on Amazon and was wondering. Thanks.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 11, 2013:

That's great, Organised Kaos! Thanks!

Anne from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on July 11, 2013:

Loving all these recycling ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 25, 2013:

Thanks, thejeffriestube! That's great. Enjoy. :)

Dave from United States on June 25, 2013:

Such great ideas! I am definitely going to try to make a vase now!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 24, 2013:

Yes, for sure! It's nice when areas do offer recycling as an option for wine bottles.

Angelo52 on June 24, 2013:

Wow! So many ways to re-use empty wine bottles. If you don't want to craft with them, please do recycle instead of tossing them into the local landfill.

Thumbs up and shared.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 21, 2013:

Thanks, Kelley! :)

kelleyward on June 21, 2013:

Love these beautiful ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 01, 2013:

Thanks, Jeannie! I'm glad that you got some new ideas from this article.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 01, 2013:

These are really great ideas. I would have never thought to use wine bottles for crafts. Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 01, 2013:

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Yes, for sure.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on April 01, 2013:

What great ideas. It's a great way to recycle. Up and awesome.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26, 2013:

Thanks, vespawoolf! I'm glad that you found so many ideas here that you like. Have fun with your projects.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 24, 2013:

More great ideas! I can see that we need to save our wine bottles from now on. I especially like the idea of filling them with lights, frosting them or painting with chalkboard paint. Very clever. Voted up and shared!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 22, 2013:

Thanks, Michelle! That's awesome. :)

Michelle Hennen from Vigo, Spain on March 22, 2013:

Thanks for all the ideas! I'm so glad I have been saving all my wine bottles! (:

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 21, 2013:

Thanks, Om! That's awesome. :)

Om Paramapoonya on March 21, 2013:

Lovely hub! I always enjoy reading about creative and artistic ways to recycle. Rated up and awesome :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 21, 2013:

You're all set now, Sid! Best of luck!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on March 21, 2013:

Thanks, RandomCreative, I've always wanted to give this a try, but I didn't know how to get a clean cut on the bottle. The second link is a great way to go. My wife and I want to redecorate, and glass and light and candles are a way to go. We'll be back!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 20, 2013:

That's great, habee! Thanks.

Holle Abee from Georgia on March 20, 2013:

Wow - what great ideas! I might have to start a few new projects! Voted up, etc.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 20, 2013:

Thanks, Cyndi! That sounds awesome!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 20, 2013:

What a beautiful hub! I came across someone's yard where he's made yard-art out of wine and beer bottles. He used them in sculptures, in stepping stones, as retaining walls, path markers, and as sconces. Love it!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 18, 2013:

Thanks, Thelma! That's great. I hope that you get a chance to try some of them.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 18, 2013:

Wow! Beautiful ideas. I would love to try these. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 18, 2013:

Thanks so much, Crystal! I appreciate that.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 18, 2013:

So many great ideas. You really put a lot of effort into this one. Voted up and useful.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 18, 2013:

Kathryn, yes, for sure! Glad you enjoyed.

Thanks, Suzie! Yep, it is really crazy how many options there are for wine bottle crafts. I never quite realize the scope of these articles until I start to research them fully, and I'm always blown away.

Thanks, suzzycue! It's always nice to re-use items when you can.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on March 18, 2013:

Great hub on up-cycling wine bottles. I like your ideas. It is better to be creative than trash items. Well done hub Randomcreative.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 18, 2013:

Cool ideas Rose! What a list you have compiled, well researched, it is obvious the work you have put into this. Wine bottle craft is so useful with so many options it's freaky! Thanks for sharing! Up +++ Pinned, Shared.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 18, 2013:

There are so many great ideas for reusing wine bottles! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 17, 2013:

Thanks so much, Au fait! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this article.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 17, 2013:

You have a lot of great ideas here. I like the vase in the middle with the multi-blue marbles on it. The idea of turning a wine bottle into a nightlight was cool too. You always have such interesting hubs! Voted up!

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