How to Use Your Old Glass Bottles to Create Nice Flower Bed Border

2 Materials
$5
4 Hours
Easy

Over the last year our household had collected quite a few white and green glass bottles from juice drinks and a couple of odd wine bottles too thinking that they would come in useful somehow on a DIY project .

So when we decided to prettify up the lawn and garden with a new flower bed they came in very handy!

Old glass bottles
Gather your old glass bottles


The area you decide to dig out and shape is going to dictate how many bottles you will need but like our attempt if you haven’t got quite enough to begin with then always you can add as time goes on until you get the look you desire.

It is hard work to dig out from a lawn and depth is dependant on the quality of your soil and our is very thick clay so we had to remove lots and replace with topsoil and compost to give the plants the best chance to grow well.

Dig out the flower bed
Dig out flower bed


It’s best to take tops off the bottles before placing them into the earth and this when in position will help self water the plants a little with sun creating condensation that runs down into the ground.

Take off the bottle tops
Take tops off the bottles


Position the bottles around the edge of the flower bed. I alternate green and white glass for effect .

Push bottles into ground
Prepare flower bed


Keep building up the flower bed and plant up as you would like.


Prepare flower bed
Adding plants
Adding plants


I’m so pleased with our new unique flower bed border. Just need the new plants to grow!

Bottle border

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  • Cha Cha on May 18, 2020

    Is the bottle empty or have water inside?

  • Dee Dee on May 19, 2020

    Do you ever worry about the sun shining through the bottles and starting a fire?

  • Smileyface Smileyface on May 21, 2020

    Do you weed whack or trim by hand around your flower bed

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  • Jeanette Kenney Jeanette Kenney on May 22, 2021

    They would look nice around a fire pit if glass wasn't too close. The reflection off the glass at night would be amazing to see. This coming from a stain glass artist. I love the way light reflects. So drink up!

  • Karen Campbell Karen Campbell on May 24, 2021

    WOW - was gathering up Bottles because I always wanted a Bottle Tree. But kinda like this better. Thanks!

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