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Reusing Old 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.

By blakekr

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December 22, 20010 found this helpful

I have two suggestions. 1. You can hand paint a few to look like old vases to give as gifts. 2. Run an ad in your local paper for people who like to make their own wine. You might be able to sell some of them. Of course there is the old stand by of making candle holders out of them.

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December 27, 20010 found this helpful

You can use them as a plant border for your garden much digging involved but if they are sunk low enough would give a nice look.

Also Someone who makes their own wine might just love to get them.


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January 6, 20020 found this helpful

The first one that comes to mind is a piggy bank/doorstop. You might fill them with other things, like small seashells, bleached pine cones, etc. Just possibly, you could persuade plants to grow in them; if you try this, you should put plenty of gravel in the bottom so the plant would have good drainage. I think it might look pretty to stuff a short twinkle light set inside -- not more than 50 lamps. Of course, there is the candle holder, and it might work better with the bottle parly filled with sand, gravel, or else water. Another idea for a sparly look would be to collect all your tinsel strands in one. Perhaps you can fit one with a pump or squirt attachment, and keep it full of lightly scented water; as the kids play with it, it will serve as a humidifier this winter!

You could certainly use them to make herbed vinegars. Remember that you will usually get a better result from an herbed vinegar if the vinegar heated almost to a boil, and then poured in over the fresh herbs. This cooks your herbs quickly, often eliminating bacteria and enzymes that make foods (even herbs) break down. With other bottles, you might try making your own extracts, such as vanilla extract.

A bottle with not even a hint of green could be a terrarium. And I do meant note even the faintest tinge of green -- green glass blocks light plants need to grow.

Perhaps you can make a coffee table by placing a board or glass panel on four or more bottles of equal height.

If you are willing to learn to use a glass cutter, more uses are possible. By removing the top, you could turn one bottle into a unique and attractive umbrella holder. In the same way, clear bottles could be transformed into bell jars, so prized by ambitious gardeners. I've seen these for sale in catalogs at outrageous prices!

Rose B, mother of three, in NC

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January 6, 20020 found this helpful

Old wine bottles can of course be recycled, but also look great as an outline for garden beds. Just jam head first into ground, mix colors & shapes if you

want to. Also if you see any rat holes in ground, [we used to get them around

our chicken coup] just jam them in those holes. But recycling really is best.

- Linne Dodds

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April 22, 20020 found this helpful

If you still have wine bottles left, you could use them as mosaic pieces (place the bottle in a zipper bag and use a hammer to break into pieces, make various sizes). If you have different colors your mosaic will look very colorful.

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May 6, 20060 found this helpful

I have an old wine bottle from Italy. I dont know how old it is ,but Ihave had it for about 25-30 years. It has an inscription on the bottom of it (D.R.L.) Solaro(Italy) and the #6. It also has a picture of a soldier on the front of bottle. Can anyone tell me anything about it?

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May 6, 20060 found this helpful

I would check a brewing store, they sell empty clean bottles for homemade wine, I don't think it would hurt to ask them about buying yours (if no chips or cracks).

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January 31, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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October 19, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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January 15, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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