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
I sure would like to see pictures of these.
I would buy the kit also. Better to be safe than sorry! Back then people didn't know any better so they did what they had to!
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
This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you win. I voted for you. Good Luck! : )
A picture would be nice...
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.
Hey...that wine bottle looks great...I do alot of glass painting and you gave me a good ideas for christmas..thanks
Very pretty bottle. I purchased a painted wine bottle at a craft fair. They left it green and painted pretty white flowers on it and put on one of those
special pouring tips. I keep my olive oil in it next to the stove! Another frugal gift idea if you know how to paint.
This guide is about empty wine bottle gift ideas. Recycle a special wine bottle for an inexpensive gift.
I would like ideas for uses for wine bottles. Has anyone tried to cut them with a welding torch? Thank you.
Someone made a wine bottle light for my mom. It's basicaly just a short string of christmas lights inside the wine bottle. The did drill a hole at the bottom for the electric cord.
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 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 would re-fill them with home made wine. Who plants bottles in the dirt?
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. : )
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
I have never done this. Maybe you could get some paint and put quite a bit inside the bottle, coat the inside by turning the bottle and let it dry and do a second coat. Hope this helps.
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!
Someone was interested in decorating wine bottles with grapes and how to attach them. I'm interested in sharing my ideas.
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.
Does anyone know where I can find a wine bottle that is about 4foot tall and the base is about 6-7 inches in diameter. The neck is about 3 inches around. It is green....I had one and it recently fell over and broke at the neck. I originally found it at a flea market and I really want another one. Empty or full.
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.
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.