5 Things to Do with… Empty Wine Bottles

Wine bottles, though made of glass, are actually quite strong. For durability and as a safety precaution, manufacturers make them from very thick, shatter-resistant glass.

Can they break? Sure, but usually on account of a person’s carelessness. Picture frames, vases, and other home accessories made of glass are more likely to be unsafe. So, what’s the point? You should use wine bottles to build stuff in your home. Here are five inspiring DIY ideas to get you going.

 

1. MAKE A WINE BOTTLE LANTERN

Wine Bottle DIY - Lantern

DIY Wine Bottle Lantern

Kristina from BobVila.com came up with this simple yet conversation-starting wine bottle lamp project. The trick? A speciality drill bit designed for tile and glass.

2. CREATE DRINKING GLASSES

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Repurposed Wine Bottle Drinking Glasses

Tyler from Plastolux used a vintage bottle cutter (check a secondhand store or eBay) to create these bold drinking glasses out of spent wine bottles.

 

3. TORCH IT!

Wine Bottle DIY - Torch

DIY Wine Bottle Torch

With a few fittings from the hardware store, an old wine bottle becomes an excellent, outdoor-use torch (download the free plans or purchase an easy-to-assemble kit).

 

4. DIY WINE BOTTLE PLANTERS

Wine Bottle DIY - Planter

Repurposed Wine Bottle Planter

Claire from She Knows Living figured out a great way to upgrade an old wine bottle into a hanging planter, complete with a mini beer bottle partner.

 

5. BUILD A CHANDELIER

Wine Bottle DIY - Chandelier

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Having spotted a wine bottle chandelier that was $400 from a chain store, Caitlin and Brandon did what any good DIYers would do—made one themselves (and for a mere $50)!

For more on repurposing, consider:

5 Things to Do with… Bottle Caps
20 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage
20 “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Ways to Decorate with Rope