Recycled wine bottles can be used in crafts for the home and garden. This is a guide about crafts using wine bottles.
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The movie "Sideways" got you wine tasting, and even wine drinking... now what do you do with all those wine bottles that are starting to accumulate? Keep them - they are good for something. Take a look at what you can do with them with a little spray and brushstrokes.
By Rela Ann
Save all your clear wine bottles after use. Rinse them out and clean the labels off. After you have collected about 5-10 of them, fill them with water and add food coloring of your choice. Line them up on a buffet table or fireplace mantle, light some tea light candles in glass cups, and place behind the bottles. In an instant you will have an elegant glass sculpture or centerpiece for your dinner party.
I save all the wine bottles and paint them with decorative glass paint. I let them sit overnight. Then cure them in a 325 degree F oven for 35 minutes to make them permanent and dishwasher safe.
They make wonderful salad dressing bottles for hostess gifts. I put my favorite recipe on an attached card or sometimes fill the bottle with the dressing.
Homemade gifts are well received, fun to give, and fun to make. Plus, I feel I'm helping to save the environment. Decorative tops can usually be purchased at the dollar stores!
By Elaine from Niles, IL
I receive a couple of e-catalogues (I can't afford anything in them but they're fun to look at anyway) and an item for sale in one of them simply floored me. They're asking $99.00 - $249.00 plus shipping for just ONE wine bottle candle hurricane lamp! Oh my!
I immediately got online and checked out how much it would cost for a bottle/jar cutting kit and found a couple of sites that sell them for only about $40.00 and they are complete with cutter, polisher and instructions!
I am not a wine drinker but I know plenty of people who are (in moderation of course), and they will gladly donate the empties so I can make a bunch of assorted sizes and colors by simply cutting off the bottom of the bottles to give away as gifts, maybe even sell at local craft fairs or keep for personal use! The candles can be purchased at the dollar store.
Oh, and you can use the glass cutting kit for jars and assorted bottles to make vases, pencil holders, candy and nut holders, etc by cutting off the tops instead of the bottom for future projects too. And recycling is good ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
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Here are questions related to Crafts Using Wine Bottles.
Does anyone know of a use for vast quantities of wine bottles, the typical 750 ml. size? My family loves good wine, and the proof has taken over the garage.
Make some of your own homemade bubble bath. Pour the mixture into the wine bottle, add a label and tie a ribbon on the neck of the bottle.
These can be given away as gifts.
I would like ideas for uses for wine bottles. Has anyone tried to cut them with a welding torch? Thank you.
By Poor But Proud12/07/2009
I had a friend in Tucson that turned her's upside down and E6000 glued them to a table top and made a gorgeous end table out of them. She used that deep blue like the Crystole bottles are made of. It was gorgeous!
Any ideas on how to paint the inside of a clear wine bottle, so that the end product is a kilned colored piece of glass. My friend makes cheese boards out of wine bottles and my favorite wine bottle is clear! I need some help troubleshooting a technique and what brand paint to use. I have a Michael's craft store at my disposal.
Dede from Macon, MO
First make sure your wine bottle is clean. Pour a cup of plain water in it. Spray paint a color on top of water inside. Swish it around and pour water out slowly while turning it round & round to create a basic pattern. Let dry. If you want marbleized colors : then, pour water in again. Add two different colors (or more) sprayed into bottle. While swishing around, pour water slowly while turning. Dry, continue until you are pleased.Dry...Final is to pour some polyurethane in and turn bottle all different ways to cover all paint. Let stand a day or two drying time. Will now be waterproof! Have made many, beautiful craft!
What are some ideas to do with wine bottles, maybe some kind of craft idea or other uses?
I have a large collection of empty blue glass wine bottles. I'm looking for design ideas for reusing them. I love the cobalt blues and all the different shapes and sizes. Ideas?
Linda from Cookeville, TN
I take the blue and clear or frosted wine bottles, turn upside down, and line my flower beds with them. I take the labels off first.
How do I fuse glass "gems" (the glass pieces bought at craft centers that look like squished marbles) onto a glass wine bottle without using a kiln?
Sorry, no photo, I have not figured it out, nor found a resource.
I agree with thriftyvicki that to truly fuse them, you'd need a kiln. An adhesive I'd recommend is E6000. That's some stout stuff! If you do a quick internet search, you should be able to find images so you know what you're looking for. It should be readily available at craft stores.
I saw an article with pictures many years ago in Architectural Digest with cut off wine bottles of all sizes and colors. They were placed upside down, making a row. Has anyone seen this design and can help me to do this on my horseshoe driveway. I have a picture in my mind, but find it hard to put it in the ground. Thanks.
By Texas Judy from Trinidad, TX
Here is a whole path done in bottles from Garden Web.
I am looking for high end wine bottles for a decorating project. Any ideas where I can get them? Doug
By Suzanne S.08/28/2004
Did you consider approaching local area bars and restaurants? Having worked in the business, we just toss these anyway and would be happy to have them taken away for us. Approach them between the hours of 1-4pm which is the slow period and ask to speak to the floor manager or bar manager and you're sure to at least get considered.
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I have about ten empty wine bottles and would love a crafty way to reuse them. I was thinking of using dishwashing liquid and putting the bottles on my windowsill, but what kind of "top" would I use? Any suggestions would be appreciated. (I'm starting to look like a lush.)
Terese from North Carolina
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By Darlene H.
To drill hole in bottle, make sure the drill has enough rpm's to do the job. A Dremel 35,000 RPM is capable of cutting it. It might help if you put tape around close to where you are cutting just to absorb some of the shock the glass incurs. Make sure you use safety glasses, some glass chips easier than others. If it's thick glass it won't break and thin will break easily. If you can't tell of the thickness go ahead and start drilling just don't press down hard. You'll find out if you can drill it or not. I've never had one blow up, it just gently cracks on you.
I fold up an old towel, lay it across my lap, put the bottle on the towel resting between my legs, then wrap a little bit of the towel around the bottle close to where I'm going to drill. Doing it in my lap gives me more control over the bottle. TIP: Keep light weight oil on the drill bit, so it doesn't get hot. (02/02/2007)
Recently we used empty wine bottles to make drinking glasses and tumblers with a bottle cutter (search bottle cutter) they are nice, but it requires lots of work to get the edges as smooth as I require. Then we made lamps using a favorite label wine with label still attached, with a lamp kit we got at Lowe's.
We safely used a Dremel to put a hole in the bottom outside edge of the bottle. It is beautiful and make a memorable present for our friend's birthday. I really like the hurricane lamp idea with bottom of the bottle cut away and a length of wire wound inside the bottle that holds a tea light. This whole thing hangs in a tree or somewhere. I saw that on the net too, relatively inexpensive. (02/14/2008)
By Jen and Chris
To make the beautiful lighted wine bottles: buy a Black and Decker 1/2inch glass and tile drill bit from Home Depot. Hand wash the wine bottles and air dry, being careful to keep the labels intact. Lay the bottle on cloth so it won't roll, and about an inch from the bottom on the back side of the bottle, make a ring (about the size of a quarter) out of silly putty or play dough, leaving a well in the center. Add a little water inside the ring and drill through it very slowly.
The drill bit needs to be kept moist or wet so it doesn't get too hot and break the bottle. Buy the lights 35 to a string at the 99cent store. Start feeding them into the bottom through the hole. From a coat hanger, cut a 12 to14 inch piece, putting a very small hook on one end. Use this to pull the lights up from the top, to even them out as you continue to insert from the bottom until you only have the cord and plug left.
Decorate with wire ribbon and grapes, or for Christmas, use Christmas ribbon and an ornament. They have some lovely grape clusters at the hobby stores that look almost real. (10/06/2008)