Bottle Wall


We needed some privacy on the veranda of our man cave. A bottle wall seemed like a good idea. We spent around $200 and used 125 recycled bottles, a great feature wall has been added.
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The finished bottle wall providing shade and privacy.
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We needed some privacy and shade on the side of our man cave.
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Materials required included a 3/4" inch diamond tipped drill bit and rubber washers... and lots of empty wine bottles.
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Remove the metal collar from the neck of the bottle using tin snips. The each wine bottle was placed in a bucket of sand and the bottom was drilled out. Bottles with a dimple in the bottom were easier to drill. The dimple was filled with water before drilling to stop the drill bit from overheating. Best to wear safety glasses when drilling the bottles.
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Immediately after drilling the holes the bottles need to be rinsed in water to make sure the glass powder residue does not stick inside the bottle.
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The most time consuming part of the job was removing the labels. We found soaking the bottles in hot soapy water with a dash of eucalyptus oil for about 15 minutes and then using a paint scraper was the most effective way to get the labels off.
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We used some light weight metal tubing for the bottom and top bars to hold the bottles in. These bars were attached to the side and front pole of the veranda with metal plates. We used shower curtain fittings which were drilled to the top and bottom rail.
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Powder coated curtain rods were cut to size (alternatively reo bar can be use). The top fitting was then unscrewed. The rod was placed in the bottom fitting. Bottles were threaded onto the rod and a rubber washer was placed between each bottle. when the rod was full the top fitting was placed over the top of the rod and re-screwed onto the bar. An alternative pattern was used and a variety of bottle colours. This is up to individual taste and availability of bottles.
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A side view of the wall.
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A close up of the wall.
Joanne Miller

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  • Terry Thurston
    on Feb 1, 2018

    Looks beautiful, but, with the wine bottles with the dimples, how do you keep water from standing, encouraging mosquito breeding? The experts say you need less than a beer bottle cap to have a mosquito breeding ground. Thanks! (I really want to try this!)
    • Martha
      on Dec 24, 2018

      Holes have been drilled into the bottom of the bottles.....so water can’t stand.

  • Jen
    on Sep 18, 2018

    How did you remove the glass circle after the hole was drilled? Mine are stuck inside the bottle

    • Elaine Schoepf
      on Jan 22, 2019

      Serious question - how big a hole did you drill? It sounds like the hole is bigger than the neck of the bottle. 🥺

  • Sandra Harvey
    on Feb 3, 2019

    I didn’t really understand their directions. How big a hole were they drilling in the bottom ? What size diamond bit did they use and how many ? Did they use a drill press or a regular hand drill and if so what hp was needed to cut through the glass ? I’ve tried cutting holes in wine bottles and it ain’t easy . That’s why so many questions. Thank you & I love the idea !

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  • Manya Ameri
    on Feb 2, 2019

    Very impressive! You did a great job!

  • Grn7129362
    on Feb 4, 2019

    Absolutely great idea all around! Great recycling idea ( have to wait until the wine wears off 😜) and it is so attractive. Good job!

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