Asked on Jul 14, 2014

How could I use wine glasses in the garden?

Amanda Eastman
by Amanda Eastman
I have these glasses that are all mismatched. I don't want to spend any money on this project. I just was wondering if anyone has any clever ideas so I can use them in my garden.
  30 answers
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Jul 14, 2014
    I bought a house built in 1930 last July, and I'm still picking up glass and broken china out of the yard. Not a good idea!
  • Barbara Sawyer Barbara Sawyer on Jul 14, 2014
    Too easily broken to use in the garden. I have seen them used in garden towers glued inside a heavier vase.
  • Eva Bengtsson Eva Bengtsson on Jul 14, 2014
    Holder for tealights?
  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jul 14, 2014
    The best uses for wine glasses in a garden is: Use them to drink wine after long day of gardening!!!
  • Carole Carole on Jul 14, 2014
    I agree with Barbara. Easily broken and especially if you have kids or pets or tend to walk around barefoot - too dangerous to use in the garden.
  • Kathie taylor Kathie taylor on Jul 14, 2014
    Agreed, don't use in the garden. On my screen they look cloudy, in which case, get some frosted glass paint. Turn the wine glass up side down and glue the small votive cup to the bottom of the wine glass for a tea light holder.. Spray when dry with the frosted glass paint.' add a tea light and enjoy...
  • Fenya Kashergen Fenya Kashergen on Jul 14, 2014
    upside down they make good small pillar candle holders.
  • Marciacancook Marciacancook on Jul 14, 2014
    sit down in a comfy chair with a glass of wine. Ha, wine glasses used in the garden.
  • Lana Baker Lana Baker on Jul 14, 2014
    They would be wonderful to plant herbs in, and set in a stable box, or basket holder.
  • Judith Vokes Judith Vokes on Jul 15, 2014
    Find some inexpensive colored glass plates and glue them together to make a piece of yard art. You can't see this too well. you just want to make sure you don't make mosquito breeding spaces by trapping water. Store it inside for winter.
  • Donna Shipley Donna Shipley on Jul 15, 2014
    Check out Garden Whimsies by Mary - - I'm pretty sure I've seen them used as spacers in some of her work.
  • Valerie Valerie on Jul 15, 2014
    Put a collection of them together on a small tray and use them to store bits of jewelry, beads, etc. Add a small candle in one of the smaller ones, and some flowers in another. If you had a piece of mirror on the tray, it would add a little more sparkle. You could also use them to grow small succulents indoors. They could also be used to store things like buttons and shells. I agree that you should not use them outdoors.
  • Mary Ducsay Mary Ducsay on Jul 15, 2014
    You can always make a rain chimes.
  • Colleen P Colleen P on Jul 15, 2014
    you could top them with old solar light tops
  • Susan E Susan E on Jul 15, 2014
    Tiny terrariums. Glued to circles of wood or acrylic in tiers to use as a water feature (like a champagne fountain at a wedding). If you don't want to do water, you could put an led tea light in each glass. If you have dogs, squirrels, skunks, or toddlers, place somewhere they can't be accessed easily.
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    • Susan E Susan E on Jul 26, 2014
      @Sandy Pudoff Thanks. I am going to install a pond when it gets cooler. Those lights would be terrific.
  • Irene Schertz Irene Schertz on Jul 15, 2014
    Why do they have to match? Its fun to use an array of plates, glasses, napkins, utensils and nobody really cares! Been doing this for years!
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    • Jackie Jackie on Jul 16, 2014
      @Irene Schertz That's a great idea however I love it when people do that but I'm afraid I like everything to match and god help any cafe if they give me an un-matching cup and saucer - cracks my daughter up she finds it highly amusing!! ;) lol.....
  • BessAnn BessAnn on Jul 15, 2014
    put tea lights in them and set in patio entertaining area the different heights makes them attractive
  • Annette Annette on Jul 15, 2014
    Serve potato salad, puddings, college cheese etc in them for out side brunches .
  • Eileen Sweet Eileen Sweet on Jul 15, 2014
    paint flowers ect on them and use no two the same
  • Lina Steve Lina Steve on Jul 16, 2014
    You can use them like containers for small plants and keep them as a showpiece in your garden, or in the balcony. To grow the plants in such small containers, you can use coco peat along with some soil.
  • Kate Chatterton Kate Chatterton on Jul 18, 2014
    Plant them with a variety of succulents and group them together. Living in Sequim you might be able to leave them outdoors all winter (former Neah Bay resident here) if not, grouped on a tray they would be easy to move indoors.
  • Susi Schuele Susi Schuele on Jul 22, 2014
    Turn them upside down and put a flameless tealight inside the glass. Put something else on the top of them... a flower bud, colored glass or rocks, birdseed...
  • Cathy Kurpil Cathy Kurpil on Jul 24, 2014
    you could always use them to enjoy a glass of wine with friends in the garden (almost kidding :)
    • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Mar 09, 2015
      @Cathy Kurpil I am planing on relocating to Melbourne Beach Florida in the next two years. I like you think. I'll invite you over. That was my first thought!!!
  • Valerie Valerie on Jul 26, 2014
    I have just found a really great idea on Hometalk. Here is the link:
  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 27, 2014
    I would put tiny little solar lights in them and place them near or even under the edges of some plants.
  • E4lizerd E4lizerd on Jul 27, 2014
    use them in garden "sculptures" by gluing interesting pieces like teacups, small plates, candle sticks, etc, together.
  • Pauliegirl1 Pauliegirl1 on Aug 02, 2014
    You can use them as is....who needs matchy, matchy?? OR, paint the inside (the ones w/stems) with the mercury paint, or any color...turn upside down, go to Goodwill or you may have some plates/serving bowls....glue them to the bottom (stem) or top, which ever looks better....use as different height serving dishes for a buffet party....the ones w/out stems just use as a small candle holder for more decoration on you serving table...
  • Amanda Eastman Amanda Eastman on Mar 07, 2015
    Thanks. These are all great ideas. I have plenty of wine glasses in the house, as well as many other types of glasses meant for grown up beverages. I probably have more than 50 in the house already. I still haven't done anything with the glasses. I was trying to get all these projects done before my baby was due in August 2014. It's spring now, and I'm back to the garden projects. I'm not sure what I'll use them for at this moment.
  • Therese C Therese C on Mar 09, 2015
    You could always attach them at interesting, tilted, angles to trees and things and put Hummingbird nectar in them. Then your tiny friends could enjoy a glass of their own wine in your garden with you!