Wine Bottles - What do YOU do with them?

crystal01April 9, 2007

After entertaining fine company (8) for Easter dinner, I have a nice collection of 4 wine and 1 champagne bottle in the recycle bin that I know I don't want to throw out. DH said he saw "THAT LOOK" in my eyes when I was putting them in the recycle bin. LOL You know the look ladies! I have until Wednesday night to convince him that I CAN do something with them, that they wont just sit around in the garage occuping space. So let me have your ideas!

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bamasusanna

Bottle tree seeds!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Bottle Tree at Holly hill

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 12:46AM
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maddielee

Did you know that Africans that were brought to America as slaves created bottle trees to 'catch' the bad spirits?

I just recently learned this, and thought I'd pass the info on.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 9:02AM
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texaswild

In OzMosaics, Sandy Robertson gives a tutorial on how to cut and use bottles in mosaics. I'm away from home on a very slow computer, so can't take time to find it for you. Also, I've seen flower beds bordered w/the bottles. I'm sure if you Google "uses for", you can come up w/lots of ways to save them. DON'T TOSS.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 9:13AM
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toomuchglass

I only empty bottles - after that - they're someone else's project ! *evil grin*

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 10:02AM
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klinger

One of the gals I know here on the Island breaks the bottles and then tumbles the glass to make it into "beach glass". Then of course mosaics with the beach glass,
Cindy

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 10:55AM
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Crafty Gardener

I just used a wine bottle along with a flower pot saucer (with mosaics) and made it into a toadstool for the garden. You push the neck of the bottle into the ground and add the saucer on the top.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 12:11PM
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seaglassic

I've seen them on ebay and etsy.com, being fired and used flat as a cheese tray..
could also use them for hanging ornament from trees..scare away birds or crows.

do a google search for fired wine bottles or
kiln fired..or whatever it takes to see what's been done.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 4:19PM
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phish_gw

drill a hole in a wine bottle (that's the hard part, you need a special bit, a battery drill and run it under water while drilling), decorate however you want (paint, mosaic, stickers), get a key ring, put a ribbon around it, loop the ribbon around the bottle. put the nonburning end of incense in the ring, put incense upside down in bottle, watch the smoke come out and smell the incense. Search on "smoking incense bottle" on ebay and you'll probably see some.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 4:44PM
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bamasusanna

Oh Crafty..I really like the mosaic toadstool idea!
Got any pictures?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 5:48PM
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nicethyme

I also break them and tumble into beach glass and... I just made a bottle tree too... "BIG" yellow, bottle tree! LOL

    Bookmark   April 9, 2007 at 8:30PM
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crystal01

Thanks Phish! I image googled "smoking incense bottle" and found some interesting ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: This was an interesting idea.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2007 at 12:59PM
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Crafty Gardener

bamasusanna - I have a photo on one of my personal webpages. I can't wait to get them out into the garden among all the plants as I know they will look lots better than they do in this photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: garden toadstools

    Bookmark   April 10, 2007 at 6:25PM
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madhabitz

I always wanted to build some walls out of bottles. Oh man, that would be so cool!

Bottle Wall #1

    Bookmark   April 10, 2007 at 6:43PM
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diytrying

Check out page 24 of the AARP magazine if you get it. (I have to admit I do and that I really like it!)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 7:37PM
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hrsg

Oh! Madhabitz what an idea that gives me!

How about using a bottle cutter, and cutting off the bottoms to make a mosaic table with! That would be awesome!

Also if you have access to a kiln you can do warm glass slumps for cheese boards or spoon rests, etc.~: )

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 7:42PM
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Calamity_J

I've seen them with the bottom cut off and a tealight inside and they hang on a hook like a patio light. Very cool! I want to break em and let the shards look like leaves and make a cement tree to adorn it, I will be dulling the edges of the broken glass then drilling a hole and adding wire so it can dangle...project # 948....

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 10:13AM
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crystal01

Calamity - When NT and I visited the SG store they had some bottles with the bottom cut off, covered with a beaded cover and sitting on a mosaic plate with a tea light inside.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 1:00PM
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cindiloo

Wow, Ladies...soooo many great ideas! Now I'll have to start drinking more wine, oh darn!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 1:50PM
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daisyme

My all-time-favorite house gift is a wine bottle with a string of small white Christmas-type lights stuffed inside with the plug end outside the bottle. Then a couple of grape clusters are hung on the neck with rafia, ribbon or whatever. They made beautiful nightlights in a bathroom and are charming sitting most anywhere. I've also seen them with a colored light string and a Christmas theme on top (as opposed to a grape cluster). Also I saw one this week with a small hole drilled towards the bottom of the bottle where the lights were inserted so the plug-end was neatly down there.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 6:53AM
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aeolianprocess

daisyme....I have seen the type of decoration that you are talking about. The bottom back side of the bottle had a hole drilled in it and christmas lights were shoved inside. They also did a decoupage on the outside of the bottle. Neat concept. I need to drink enough bottles of wine to make that wall I want in downstairs bathroom!!!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 3:14PM
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daisyme

Can I help you with that wine? Tee Hee

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 5:55PM
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chrkirby

The same thing the Chinese do with their bannana skins.......throw them away.

(just a joke) Recycle, Bust up for Mosaics, Line a wall or shelf outdoors and put vine cuttings in them (I use cobalt blue vodka bottles)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 5:21PM
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kristinmd

Post a message to your local freecycle.org club, saying you have free wine bottles. I'm sure you will have LOTS of local artists begging for them and willing to come over ASAP to pick them up. For those not familiar with freecycle, it's a bit like craigslist, but people list stuff they want to give away, or stuff they want... all with the idea of reducing waste (encouraging recycling). They have them in almost every area of every state in the US and a lot of artists use them for free materials.

Here is a link that might be useful: Freecycle

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:49AM
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StevenKrauss

Hmm. It's Good.

Here is a link that might be useful: UPrinting Coupon Code

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 4:29AM
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texaswild

Gee - this is an old thread. Was browsing Flickr's Weird Gardens and found this just now. I ordered a case of blue wine bottles a yr./two ago - very reasonable - from a home wine making site on the net. I've also used them like in the site that follows.
beer bottle art

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 10:26AM
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