Drink up! Here's 14 Awesome Things You Can Do With Your Glass Bottles
Glass bottles are versatile objects that can be transformed into stunning and functional home decor. Rather than discarding them as waste, repurposing glass bottles offers a sustainable and creative way to breathe new life into these everyday objects.
Whether you're a seasoned crafter or a beginner looking for a fun and rewarding project, we will explore a range of exciting DIY ideas that will inspire you to upcycle and transform ordinary glass bottles into extraordinary creations. Get ready to embark on a journey of innovation and craftsmanship!
Plus, it's a great excuse to finish that last bottle of wine or beer!
1. DIY hummingbird feeder
This beautiful project by Carisa shows us how to turn an empty wine bottle into a copper wire hummingbird feeder.
The process involves preparing the wine bottle by removing labels and residue, cutting and bending the copper wire to create a loop and spiral design around the bottle, embellishing the feeder with red charms or beads, filling it with hummingbird nectar, and then hanging it in a shaded area.
This is a great way to invite more gorgeous hummingbirds into your garden, while also upcycling a glass bottle. Get tutorial here
2. Beer bottle candleholders
Learn how to cut glass beer bottles and repurpose them into DIY decor with this step-by-step guide. All you need is a bucket filled with ice and water, nail polish remover, thick yarn, sandpaper, wax flakes, a wick, and some creativity.
By following this tutorial by Rachel, you can create beautifully cut glass bottles and turn them into charming candles. Smooth the edges, melt the wax, pour it into the bottle, and let it cool before enjoying your homemade creation.
Get ready to unleash your DIY skills and give those old beer bottles a new purpose! Get tutorial here
3. DIY wall sconce
Transform your kitchen wall into a stunning rustic display with these DIY rustic wall hangings made from recycled bottles.
This affordable project involves preparing the bottles, cutting and painting the wood, attaching a sawtooth hanger, and securely fastening the bottle to the board using the pipe hanger straps. So cute! Get tutorial here
4. Wine bottle backyard decor
Turn your empty wine bottle into a charming wind chime with this simple tutorial by DRV. Cut the bottle carefully, polish the edges, drill holes in the wooden pieces, and assemble everything together using screw eyes and chains. Hang the wind chime and enjoy the delightful sounds it creates. Get tutorial here
5. DIY self-watering system
This creative DIY self-watering idea is great for planters, gardens, or houseplants and prevents them from drying out while you're away on vacation.
Rinse an empty wine bottle and fill it with water, then drill a hole in the cork or screw cap, adjusting the size of the hole based on the desired water flow. Insert the bottleneck down several inches into the soil.
The water from the bottle will gradually seep into the soil over a few days, maintaining even moisture levels. Genius! Get tutorial here
6. DIY wind chime
Did you know it's possible to fuse small pieces of glass in the microwave? In this DIY project, Cindy utilizes a gadget called the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln, which can melt and fuse glass in the comfort of your own kitchen.
To make a wind chime out of fused glass rings, she cut rough shapes out of glass, fused them, then connected the pieces with jump rings and wire. This technique can also be used to make jewelry. Get tutorial here
7. DIY soap dispenser
In this project, Dawn used recycled glass lotion bottles and turned them into high-end-looking DIY hand soap dispensers. First, she cleaned the pumps and bottles, removed the labels, then filled the bottles with liquid soap. Simple, but effective! Get tutorial here
8. DIY cement vases
To create these DIY cement vases, start by getting a glass bottle from your recycle bin. You'll also need a dust mask, gloves, anchoring cement, measuring cups, water, and a mixing bowl.
One way to make these cement vases is by mixing dry anchoring cement with water and spreading it on the vase. Quick, before it hardens! Then, use sandpaper for touch-ups.
Check out Jen's full tutorial for variations on different styles of vases, adjusting the amount of water, and working methods. These cement vases are sure to add a unique touch to your decor. Get tutorial here
9. DIY tiki torches
If you're looking to update your patio and keep mosquitoes at bay, then use your glass bottles to make these cute DIY tiki torches.
In this project, Vicki added copper fittings to the bottlenecks and tiki wicks with oil to the bottles. She also used pea gravel to weigh the bottles down. The result is visually stunning, but also helps repel those pesky insects! Get tutorial here
10. DIY hydro-dip vases
In this process, also known as water transfer printing or swirl painting, paint is applied to the surface of the water, creating a film. When an object is dipped into the water, the film adheres to it, similar to how temporary tattoos stick to the skin.
It's like turning a mundane dollar-store glass item into an elegant faux marble vase! Get tutorial here
11. DIY ceramic vases
This is an easy and budget-friendly way to give your glass bottles the look and texture of a ceramic vase. All you need are glass vases or bottles of any shape or style, acrylic paint, and baking powder.
Mix 2 teaspoons of baking powder with soft beige, coral, or rose paint, then apply two thick coats. Just 30 minutes later, you have sophisticated ceramic vases! Get tutorial here
12. DIY potion bottles
In this creative project, Carolina decorates old glass liquor bottles using various techniques and transforms them into mystical potions!
She submerged the bottles in water to remove labels, used tissue paper and decoupage techniques, added decorative rubber molds and air-dry clay, experimented with ink and food coloring, applied chalk paint, and even tried a faux stained glass effect.
Finishing touches like stones and gold accents result in truly unique designs that would work great as themed party decor. Get tutorial here
13. DIY steampunk lamp
This intriguing mixed-media bottle project by Anita makes use of use of different textures and layers. Although the final result is so detailed, the process was quite simple: using stencils, broken jewelry, and artificial flowers to create the steampunk design.
The most complicated part was transforming the bottle into a lamp by drilling holes and wiring it up! This is definitely an impressive statement piece. Get tutorial here
14. DIY water fountain
Water fountains are a great addition to a yard, providing relaxation and visual appeal. This project by Amanda explains how to create a water fountain using wine bottles.
The process involves preparing the base, digging the area, leveling the sand, and placing the fountain base. A screen is placed on top of the base, and the pump is positioned underneath the planter or bottles. The bottles are drilled with holes for the tubing, and the tubing is connected to the pump and threaded through the bottles.
The base is filled with water, and adjustments are made to ensure even flow. Finally, the planter is filled with gravel, and the pump is concealed with rocks or mulch. Incredible! Get tutorial here