Find ways to reuse your wine bottles through 9 easy and creative DIY upcycling projects.
Happy Earth Day 🌎!! Today, I'm dedicating this post to sustainability by exploring creative ways to reduce waste and upcycle used wine bottles. From candle holders to flower vases, I'll be sharing 9 of my favourite upcycling projects that are easy-to-do, functional, and unique. Whether you're an avid DIY enthusiast or just looking for ways to be sustainable, these fun and easy projects that will breathe new life into your empty wine bottles. So, grab a glass of your favourite wine and let's get crafty!
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1. Bottle to Glass
If you have the right tools, then it's easy-peasy. All you need is a glass cutter, sandpaper, an empty wine bottle and VOILA, you can make your own glasses. I love using the wine bottles with amazing designs for these projects like the Côte des Roses bottles with the rose-shaped bottom. If you need some extra glasses in your cabinet, this is fun, cost-effective, sustainable way to get some more.
2. Flower Vases
Free flower vases for all, after you drink a whole bottle of wine! It's no question, the shape of wine bottles makes for perfect vases. To make the vases look less like upcycled bottles, paint and decorate your new vases to match the aesthetics of your home.
3. Self-Watering Planters
Another idea for all the plant moms. Fill your empty wine bottle with water, turn it upside down, and stick it in your flower pot. No need to worry about your plants dying on you while you're on vacation, your wine bottles got you covered.
4. Shadow Box Wine Cork Collection
This is a great way to build a collection of memories from the wines you have tried. Also, wineries put in a lot of effort to make beautiful corks that provide a unique experience when you try their wine, so don't throw them away! I like to write little notes on my corks with the wine varietal, date I opened the bottle, occasion for the wine, and how much I liked the wine, then put it in a shadow box. Shadow boxes are affordable and look great as home decor (especially rustic-themed homes).
5. Candle Holder
I've seen images of wine bottles upcycled to candle holders on Pinterest and it's a fantastic idea, especially if you can make your own candles. One way you can do this is to stick a long candlestick into the head of the wine bottle. Another option is to use your glass cutter to turn your bottle into a glass, then add your wax and wix inside the glass.
6. Bird Feeder
If you're good at woodworking, this is the project for you! Build a wooden house or box, add bird seed inside your wine bottle, attach your bottle upside down to the wooden plank, and VIOLA - you've got yourself a bird feeder.
7. Wine Bottle Lights
This project is as simple as can be. All you need are your used bottles and some small string lights. Wine bottles illuminate light very well, so it's no surprise that these look FABULOUS as home decor and can be used for special events like weddings. If you want to be extra with this and are more experienced with DIY projects, try making wine bottle chandeliers.
8. Cork Keychain
To make use of your spare corks, buy a keychain-making kit, small pliers (if you don't have any) and make these! They make very cute, personable gifts for loved ones.
9. Wallpaper Collage
If you like the design of the label and want to keep a collage of the wines you've tried, do this! To ensure the label comes off the bottle without tears, soak the bottle in warm water for atleast an hour. You should be able to peel off the label after (but do it slowly) and stick it on your wallpaper or poster.