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.
The finished bottle wall providing shade and privacy.
We needed some privacy and shade on the side of our man cave.
Materials required included a 3/4" inch diamond tipped drill bit and rubber washers... and lots of empty wine bottles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A side view of the wall.
A close up of the wall.

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32 questions
  • Kelly Ladd
    Kelly Ladd
    on Feb 11, 2016

    Hello Joanne, My name is Kelly Ladd. I'm a writer for Mother Nature Network ( I'm writing an article about cool DIY projects you can make from recycled glass bottles. I'd love to include your glass bottle wall. I'll show a picture and then send a link back to your hometalk page or any other page that feature your DIY project if you like. Please let me know if this is okay. thanks! Kelly

  • San
    on Mar 16, 2016

    Love this idea! Is there anyway to string lights through them? I've seen Light My Bottle Fairy lights and think that might add a new dimension.

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Apr 2, 2016

      We have solar lights strung through it now. It's awesome to look at.

    • Janet F
      Janet F
      on Jun 14, 2016

      Could we see pictures with the lights? I love this idea. Unfortunately I have no one to do all that drilling, etc.

  • Tracy
    on Apr 2, 2016

    Wondering whether rain water seeps into the bottles. Are the washers for cushioning or do they prevent this?

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Apr 2, 2016

      No rain has seeped into the bottles abdcwr have had torrential rain sonce it's been up. The rubber washers cushion the bottles and make the water tight as well.

    • Dee B
      Dee B
      on Jun 15, 2016

      This is genious and so pretty! Thanks for sharing. You must have canvassed all your neighbors for empty wine bottles. If you were drinking that much, you be too drunk to make something so unique, useful and great looking too. A trifecta!

    • Dee B
      Dee B
      on Jun 15, 2016

      I thought I was posting under comments. Sorry.

  • Car5040947
    on Jun 2, 2016


  • Susan Rogers Garton
    Susan Rogers Garton
    on Jun 14, 2016

    Do you have any pics of it at night?

  • Lionnessone
    on Jun 14, 2016

    I think it's a great looking wall, my concern would be something terrible happening to the wall while your sitting there enjoying your amazing "Glass" wall. (Children playing ball too close to your home).

    • MM
      on Jun 14, 2016

      Well in that case, houses shouldn't have windows. Kids can throw balls through any plate glass window. Let's focus on how creative and pretty it is! :-)

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Jun 15, 2016

      I have 11 very boisterous grandchildren, some of them arecat my place every afternoon..because of the location of the bottle wall it has never been an issue.

    • Dee B
      Dee B
      on Jun 15, 2016

      Most wine bottle glass is thicker than window glass. People have glass enclosed porches/sunrooms. Same thing, it breaks you replace.

  • Karen Barnes Swan
    Karen Barnes Swan
    on Jun 15, 2016

    What happens if one gets broken?

  • Carolyn Fielder
    Carolyn Fielder
    on Jul 1, 2016

    The pictures are so small that I can't see the top and bottom fittings clearly. No possible way I can even figure out how the too and bottom are secured. Close up pictures please? The directions are difficult to figure out because I can't get a visual.

    • Jslefeber99
      on Nov 18, 2016

      Take a good look at the post they really are pretty clear about how to do each step and what to use. Blessing to you and good wishes with your project. :>)

  • Dorothy
    on Jul 9, 2016

    Has anyone ever tried using beer bottles ? I'm not a Wine Drinker

  • Beth Linton
    Beth Linton
    on Jul 27, 2016

    JoAnn, 2 questions, do you get freezing weather in Australia, and how long do you think it takes to drill one bottle? I just ordered the 2 bits today & plan on getting started. My husband said there was no way he was doing this. I said I will do the hard part - the bottles.

    • Beth Linton
      Beth Linton
      on Jul 27, 2016

      Was curious if freezing weather affected the bottles.

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Jul 27, 2016

      No..I live in a desert climate with up to 48 degree Celsius summers and minus 8 with heavy frost winter nights...still as beautiful and intact as as the day we built it.

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Jul 27, 2016

      Each bottle probably took him 10 minutes to prep and drill..if your bottle has a dimple in the bottom fill it with water to assist the drill and keep it cool. Once you get the knack you'll be fine.

  • Beth Linton
    Beth Linton
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Have you had any problems with Hail? Everyone keeps asking me about that. I got my first bottle drilled, just getting ready to gather bottles from two businesses in my town. Can't wait to get this up. Will add solar string lights for night time ambiance.

    • Joanne Miller
      Joanne Miller
      on Aug 2, 2016

      No... my town is in a desert region.. extreme hot and cold. We had a freak storm last month that severely damaged many homes and cars...bottle wall totally undamaged... if a bottle were to be damaged it's an easy fix anyway. Do think of where you are going to locate it..I have a perfect spot which probably helps. I have a clip of that storm on my facebook page home in the alice. Please have a look and like my page.

    • Nad33506675
      on Jun 17, 2018

      Beth Linton, I would love to see your finished project with the lights at night!

  • Beth Linton
    Beth Linton
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Sorry - last question - were you able to drill those bottles on the one bit? I need 180-210 bottles and figured the life of drill bit might be my biggest expense.

  • Cheryl Rein
    Cheryl Rein
    on Nov 17, 2016

    I'm always afraid of the sun turning the glass into magnifying and start a fire?

    • Bob C
      Bob C
      on Jan 25, 2017

      I would suggest you do the experiment and TRY to start a fire with a colored wine bottle.

  • Tom Delee Rehak
    Tom Delee Rehak
    on Jan 2, 2017

    Love this idea. What was the dimensions of the wall and what was the spacing of one column of bottles to the next?

    • Shawna Bailey
      Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 3, 2017

      The bottles look like they are packed in there. It's hard to tell from the angle of the picture though.

  • Deborah Quinn
    Deborah Quinn
    on Jan 21, 2017

    Really love this. Did you measure to know how many bottles would fit that area? What if my area won't accommodate a full bottle to get to the top?? Hope this is understandable??

  • Liz
    on Feb 22, 2017

    I've accumulated the bottles, removed all paper and glue, stumped at how to drill holes. What kind of drill bit did you use?

  • Vickie Langley
    Vickie Langley
    on Mar 6, 2017

    Where could I get wine bottles? I like wine but could never drink enough to get the bottles I need! Thanks

    • Ann7217879
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Ask neighbors or a bar for the empty bottles.

    • Mayo Sanchez
      Mayo Sanchez
      on Mar 14, 2017

      I have many left over from a wedding. Care to purchase?

    • Marsha Milstock
      Marsha Milstock
      on Mar 21, 2017

      I am quite sure that if you ask some bars, restaurants to save the bottles for you( provided that you are diligent about picking them up regularly) they would do this. They themselves must get rid of them. Also a recycling depot may have bottles. Bon chanson!

    • Elaine Schuster
      Elaine Schuster
      on Apr 30, 2017

      Too bad you are so far away, I have some bottles I want to pass along. Anyone? Space Coast, Florida
    • Joni
      on Jun 16, 2018

      I bought 64 bottles from Dollar tree. They have all different shapes and colors. They sell out quick so look for them early next spring.

  • Meg
    on Apr 24, 2017

    Love this idea! Where does one get powdered coated curtain rods that can be cut? Rebar is so rusty and am afraid it will pool rust stains everytime it rains!
    • Blake Willard
      Blake Willard
      on Apr 28, 2017

      Paint it with rustoleum or tremclad first much cheaper than the rods and a smaller hole also

    • Meg
      on May 3, 2017

      That is exactly what I ended up doing Blake. Love how it turned out!
    • Meg
      on May 3, 2017

      That is exactly what I ended up doing Blake. Love how it turned out!
  • Pix21959349
    on Apr 28, 2017

    what is between the bottles?
    • Barbie
      on Apr 29, 2017

      She says in the directions a rubber washer was placed between each bottle.
  • Dee Lowry
    Dee Lowry
    on May 14, 2017

    Love this idea. I will be adding it to my list to make one for my garden. Wonderfu!!
  • Barbara Steward
    Barbara Steward
    on May 30, 2017

    can I use plastic water bottles?
  • Debi Mena-Cintron
    Debi Mena-Cintron
    on Jun 12, 2017

    Can I use beer bottles?
  • Janice Nielsen
    Janice Nielsen
    on Jun 16, 2017

    What if a bottle breaks?
    • Jay21137624
      on Jul 27, 2017

      Remove the rod from the frame, slide in another bottle, and replace the rod.
  • Susan LaBarr
    Susan LaBarr
    on Jul 2, 2017

    what size are the rods & rubber washer?
    • PB
      on Aug 22, 2017

      The size of the hole is determined by the size of the rod. Every hardware or garden center carries rubber water hose washers.
  • Chantel Tupper
    Chantel Tupper
    on Jul 9, 2017

    How do they bottles handle the wind?
    • Catherine Cella
      Catherine Cella
      on Jun 20, 2018

      Metal rods were used top, bottom, one metal rod per column. Unless there is severe hail or flying rocks, wind shouldn't be a problem.

  • Terry Thurston
    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!)
    • Joyce
      on May 10, 2018

      There are "doughnuts" that can be purchased to add to water to prevent mosquito breeding. One can break the doughnut into pieces, or cut if you need a small piece as for a bottle. These pieces could be put into the bottles with the dimples in the event of water standing in the bottom. The doughnuts can be used even in bird baths as they are not harmful to wildlife.

      FYI: I am a reader, not the person creating this awesome wall.

      j. baker

    • Martha
      on Dec 24, 2018

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

    • Kathy Kendl
      Kathy Kendl
      on May 30, 2019

      Not all bottles have a dimple bottom. Those that do place in an upright position. Use flat bottom ones for the upside down.

  • 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
      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. 🥺

    • Tammy Hawkins
      Tammy Hawkins
      on Jun 7, 2019

      That's crazy.. How did you cut your holes? A drill "drills" out a hole, it doesn't leave a circle behind.. I'm going to do this and have a bottle cutter, but I like the drilling idea better, but if I can cut a small hole in the bottom I may try that

    • Mj
      on Aug 10, 2019

      Joanne said they used a 3/4" diamond tipped drill bit. Drilling should leave glass bits which is why you need to wash it. If you have a disc, the wrong kind of drill bit is being used. Ask your hardware store to assist you.

  • Sandra Harvey
    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 !

    • Arekaybee
      on May 23, 2019

      I've started this project. The hole/bit size depends on the size of the rod you are going to use for the bottles. I am using a regular hand cordless drill/driver. One thing about the drilling: if there is no dimple in the bottom of the bottle, start your drill at an angle, then stand it up straight. That keeps it from skipping along the glass. Hope this helps.

    • Trudy
      on Mar 21, 2020

      The post said to stick the bottle in a bucket of sand to hold it for you while you drill. I thought that was a very helpful tip!

  • Kathy
    on Jul 2, 2019

    where did you get the rubber washers? did you buy them in multi-packs? what size? fit the rod or go around the bottle or did the neck of the bottle fit inside the hole?

    • Louann
      on Feb 8, 2020

      I'm not sure as I haven't made this but couldn't use use the rubber hose washers - for your garden hose?

  • Nick Kirk
    Nick Kirk
    on Feb 4, 2020

    Where did you obtain the rubber washers?

  • Barbara
    on Jun 1, 2020

    Did you calculate the height of the bottles to fit your space? With bottles of varying heights, how did you “fill” each rod?

  • R
    on Aug 20, 2020

    Been saving bottles for years for this project, my question, how do you keep moisture from forming in the bottles thus eventually leading to mold?

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  • M
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Are you looking for wine, liquor, unique & different glass bottles...I have them for you?

  • Wiley
    on Jan 30, 2021

    I saw a fence that had glass balls as space fillers. Does anyone know where I can get them?

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