Recycled wine bottles can be used in crafts for the home and garden. This is a guide about crafts using wine bottles.
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
This guide is about empty wine bottle gift ideas. Recycle a special wine bottle for an inexpensive gift.
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 would like ideas for uses for wine bottles. Has anyone tried to cut them with a welding torch? Thank you.
I just threw away over 70 wine bottles that had been accumulating in my garage. Wish I had seen this post first.
Go to Michaels or other craft stores, they carry a cutting tool for bottles. It's a lots safer then using a propane torch to try to cut the bottle. Using a torch will make the glass HOT and, if there is any alcohol in the bottle it could cause a problem..fire. The safest way is get the glass cutter tool.
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!
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
Yes -those Bottle Trees are Great! I saw one either in Horticulture Magazine or Organic Gardening a while ago. Some one featured in the mag had one in their yard with All Blue Bottles! They really are pretty, & I really like the idea of putting mini-lights in them for Anytime of year -Inside & Out.They make a good frugal decoration.The Mosaic Idea & the Wind Chime sound good too.I'm gonna make some myself-even if I have to buy the bottles. : )
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.
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.
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!
Ok, I have been experimenting painting insides of wine bottles. Latex paint won't stick (straight or diluted with thinner). Spray paint seems to be the best, but how do you deal with the blow-back? I have not tried the "water & Spray paint" method, but I will tomorrow.
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.
I once saw them used upside-down to line a garden bed. The ones I saw were cobalt colored, but any color or color combination would work. The way it was done was she first filled the bottle with sand, then ran a dowel into the top (the dowel stuck out of the top about 6 inches), then turned the whole thing upside down & pounded the bottle into the dirt with a rubber mallet. (I'd wear safety glasses just in case!)
* If it were me, I'd not use the sand & run a strand of clear outdoor Christmas lights behind the bottles so they would light up the bottles during the night.
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 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
I saw a pic of that on this site a while back. I tried to search for it but couldn't find it. It must have been feedback instead of a new topic. They weren't cut off that I recall. They were simply buried upside down, lined up side by side in a row so that the bottoms were all level. It looked pretty neat. You might have more patience searching here than I did.
Tracey in Jacksonville FL
Here is a whole path done in bottles from Garden Web.
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 don't think you can fuse them without a kiln, you can glue them though. Goop is one really good glue for this sort of thing. I glued a cup onto a saucer with it and it seems to be on there pretty good. Go to a craft store for it.
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.
Someone was interested in decorating wine bottles with grapes and how to attach them. I'm interested in sharing my ideas.
Ludie from Bardstown, KY
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.
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.
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.
I have about ten empty wine bottles and would love a crafty way to reuse the. I was thinking of using dishwashing liquid and putting the bottles on my windowsill, but what kind of "top" would i use?