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
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
By Rela Ann
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!
I would like ideas for uses for wine bottles. Has anyone tried to cut them with a welding torch? Thank you.
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!
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.
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
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.
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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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)
I drink a glass of wine every evening with my meal for my health. I've accumulated many wine bottles and was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I could use these empty bottles.
By Eth0301 from Warren, AR
Just get a large quantity of olive oil, pour it into large jars, add some gloves of garlic, sprigs of your favorite herbs, cover and let sit for a while in a dark place. Whenever there is a gift occasion, strain some oil into a wine bottle, add some fresh cloves of garlic and a sprig or two of the fresh herbs, cork it and you have a great gift ready to go.
You could also add it to a gift food basket that includes packages of assorted pastas, cheeses, dell salamis, and a bottle of wine. You could also include some pour caps like you would see on the liquor bottles in a bar. Those work great on the bottles of flavored olive oils. Enjoy the praise you will receive for such a special gift.
Pat T in Nevada
Editor's Note: Be very careful when flavoring olive oil with garlic or other food items. There is a very serious risk of botulism, which can be deadly. Commercial processors use techniques and preservatives that are not available for the home cook. Homemade flavored oil should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a week. Here is a ThriftyFun request on the subject. thriftyfun.com (04/22/2009)
For the 750 ml bottles, simply draw a line (circular) just below the "neck" of the bottle, where the bottle begins to "flare". This piece will become the "stem" of your glass. You can place the body of the bottle in a vice to hold it steady, though make sure you cushion the vice ends with toweling or rags to avoid breakage.
Once in the vice, begin sawing through at the "flare" area. Once you've cut through, you'll have to sand to a very smooth edge where you've made your cut. Once the sanding is completed, attach the bottle top (flare side will be the base, bottle top and neck will be the "stem") to the bottom of the bottle using either glass fusing glue or any fusing method you prefer.
Make sure you wear safety glass while sawing the bottle to avoid any eye injury. (05/05/2009)
Add a cute "stopper", place a ribbon around the bottle and you've got great and inexpensive gifts. The salts and oil go a long way. Depending on the bottle size, you can make at least 10. I've made these tons of times and love having them on hand for last minute gifts. (05/05/2009)
I too agree with not making an infused oil, though you can make an infused vinegar in the empty bottles very simply after first making 110% positive the bottles are clean and sanitized. A double "trip" through the dishwasher alone will do the trick.
First chose whether you want to use a simple white vinegar or the cider variety. Next place any fresh herb you'd like in a large container (not the bottles at this point) and pour your vinegar over the herbs, covering them completely. Store the container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Once the time period is up, strain the liquid/herbs through cheesecloth, then add to bottles. A quicker way is to bring the vinegar to a simmer before pouring over herbs. It'll help bring out a deeper "flavor".
You must keep both mixtures refrigerated, even after transferring to the bottles. The vinegars are great used alone, with a dipping oil, as a dressing on grilled veggies. The uses are endless. (05/05/2009)
After many experiments and failures, I finally found a way of crushing these bottles and creating beautiful pictures. If lighted from behind they are just like stained glass pictures. I have made many pictures this way. Thanks.