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30+ Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles

This collection of empty wine bottle decoration ideas will absolutely inspire your creativity.

By: Caley Walsh, Editor,
Updated November 03, 2017
30 Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles
30 Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles
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Instead of tossing those old wine bottles, use them in a variety of wine bottle crafts. You can create lamps, decorative vases, and hurricanes, and there are many other things to make with wine bottles. Don't forget to save the corks, too!

This list of 30+ Things to Do with Old Wine Bottles is full of clever, chic, and just plain stunning. You'll adore them almost as much as the wine that comes in the bottles. From DIY home décor ideas to surprisingly simple organizers, these pretty DIY crafts are the wine bottle craft ideas you have been looking for! If you do not have any bottles to use now, simply bookmark or pin this collection for later.

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Start with this video tutorial for the Twinkling Lights Wine Bottle Craft:

Before you begin, you have to clean the bottle! To remove the labels from wine bottles, soak them in hot water with a few drops of soap for 20 minutes. Then, simply scrape or peel off the label. You can also keep the wine label intact and create lovely wall art (especially with those fancy French wine labels). You'll be amazed at the empty wine bottle decoration ideas in this collection.

Top 10 Ideas for Wine Bottle Crafts

How can you actually use them?

  1. Create a Faux Dichroic Glass Recycled Bottle and give your old wine bottles a unexpected look. The fancy bottle can be used to store homemade oils or vinegars, or you can display it as a decorative vase. If you're looking for things to do with old wine bottles, this is the perfect project.

  2. Cut off the top and bottom of a wine bottle to create candle “hurricanes.” Use a bit of wire to create a holder for a tea light or small pillar candle. If you're looking for more things to do with old wine bottles, you can even make Tuscan Lights Candlesticks.

  3. After washing and removing labels, fill the empty bottle with bulk dishwashing liquid or a few stems of silk flowers, as seen with the Extraordinary Vase Craft with Recycled Glass

  4. Turn wine bottles into drinking glasses or Beaded Glass Votice Candle Holders. Flat-bottomed bottles of certain white wine varieties or Bordeaux wines are best for making drinking glasses. You can even add etched monograms for that extra-classy touch.

  5. Turn an empty wine bottle into a Recycled Bottle Lamp. To do this, you need a 1/2-inch glass, tile drill bit or diamond bit, and a string of mini lights. Lay the clean and dry bottle on a cloth.

  6. Use wine bottles to create garden edges. Bury upside down about halfway up or further. For another garden idea, learn about the great Southern tradition of bottle trees.

  7. Fill with layers of colored sand and set on a windowsill to recall the beach.

  8. Use as decorative containers for flavored olive oils, such as by adding dried chilies, sun dried tomatoes, dried basil, or rosemary. You can purchase a plastic pour spout for the bottle top.

  9. Create your own Chalkboard Paint Bottles and write inspiring words or phrases on each one.

  10. Turn an old wine bottle into a Green Pendant Wind Chime. You can use the spout or simply cut off the bottom of the wine bottle and use a shell or other weight for the chime.

More Wine Bottle Crafts

But that's not all: If you liked our Top 10 Ideas for Wine Bottle Crafts, you'll love these bonus projects. It can be difficult to figure out what to do with empty wine bottles, but that's where these eco-friendly and inexpesive wine bottle decorations handmade come in. Check out these easy tutorials and make some crafts for home, garden, parties, and more.

  1. Wine Bottle Topiary - Such a trendy and unique idea!

  2. Old Textured Beach Bottles - Reader fave. Click to see why.

  3. Wine Bottle Herb Garden - Hello, garden!

How to Remove Wine Bottle Labels

The best part? You'll also learn how to remove wine bottle labels. 

If you are going to be making wine bottle crafts, just one thing stands in your way - the label! Learn how to remove pesky wine bottle labels completely when you check out our full tutorial: How to Remove Labels from Wine Bottles: 2 Solutions.

Crafts with Corks

Wait, there's more! Now that you've made some fabulous crafts out of wine bottles, what should you do with the corks you've been saving? These DIY cork projects can be just for fun or totally useful, depending on your needs. You can use wine corks to make pieces of home decor as well as everyday items like keychains. Once you've tried some of these cute crafts with corks, you'll start collecting these bottle stoppers in earnest.

10 Clever Wine Bottle Crafts

That's still not all... Get ready for indoor and outdoor entertaining with these extra 10 Clever Wine Bottle Crafts. You'll love all of the genius crafts with wine bottles in this guide and will want to host a wine and craft party immediately. Create cute decor and fun gifts for all of your favorite people - it's never been easier to make show-stopping wine bottle crafts.

Want to learn more about wine?

If you're going to be making all of the crafts above, you're going to have to drink the wine first. Whether you are a wine newbie or just someone who is looking to learn more, has everything you need to become wine wise! With tons of wine reviews and information articles, this wine library and resource is a premiere wine resource on the web. Get all of your wine questions like What is Chardonnay? answered in one place.

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Perfect. I love the way wine bottles look and always want to save them, but don't want them just sitting around. Now I can make them even more beautiful!

I should probably just print this and leave it on my fridge so I remember not to throw away the bottles!

Well, this looks like the perfect excuse to drink more wine! I do need a couple of vases around the house. Also, those wine cork projects are simply divine. Now, I know to save my corks, too!

Why recycle wine bottles when you can upcycle them? This would be a great girls night in idea!

The flower vase is a really great idea, especially for someone who isn't super crafty like me!

These would be great to give to little's for a sorority.

Love the cork crafts! Those look like great ideas to introduce the wine theme a little more subtly.

No matter what you do with empty wine bottles, they always look like empty wine bottles, NOT crafts or artwork. It makes it look like a bunch of winos live there with nothing better to do than use empty wine bottles to make junk.

Hey I got a great video showing how to easily remove labels and glue residue here:

I made an elegant lamp using a liqueur bottle. It's amazing what can be made from every day items! Here is the link to the project:

I started to crochet whimsical covers for wine bottles, and thought I was the only one doing something like it...until I received two sweaters for MAKERS MARK bottles (we are Ambassadors for the company). Now I am having fun doing diff. themes, colors for the bottles. (Incidentially our neighbors safe their bottles for me, we do not drink.) I make the 'black' family, Father, Mother and children, with black sndf white yarn. I make the 'red' family, I also glue eyes on them, or attach things I find at the 'hair' display of my store (WALGREENS etc.), for the 'top' I found diff. things...such as door knobs..anything that will fit onto the bottle, for BAYLES IRISH CREME I found green yarn and clover, the hats I make from green yarn, I crochet the 'tommy' of the bottle really 'thick'...there is nothing you can not do to the bottles.You can also leave the cork on the bottle, and glue 'hair' to it. Chris Baltruschat

Would love to see some of your pictures!

Selecting a wine bottle could be a very challenging task. The right bottle of wine is essential for any kind of social dinner. Consider personal preference, of course. Another aspect to consider though is the meals. You might want to try wine pairing. This is when the flavor profile of the food is complimented by the taste profile that the wine has. One strategy is to pick a wine that has comparable characteristics as the meals, so that they go well together. The other strategy is to have contradicting profiles, so that the wine can balance the food, and vice versa. Pairing wine with food is not an exact science, however, you will find some things that should be looked at when choosing a bottle of wine.

before and after pictures would be appreciated!

My father used to have a garden and all the beds were bordered with old bottles the way described here. As a kid I didn't appreciate it much, but now I love the memories of all the colors and the irregular lines.

Hello, etjada, My Father did the same, but nt for borders. He placed the bottles into the ground to deter the ground hogs. Supp.when the wind was 'blowing' into the bottles it made a sound, the ground hogs did not like it...and left the area. He broke the botles in two halfs for that. They have to be put all the way in, so that noone gets hurt stepping on them. To be honest: I don;t know if it worked, and he is gone now, so I can not ask him. Bu he was from the 'country' and I think he knew what he was doing. (he also lived in Germany) Chris B.

For idea 2 With all the new LED light sets around these days , the bottles won't even get over heated by the lights any more AND they will use less electricity! Cool ! I even have a battery powered set of LED's.

Recycled leather belt bracelets link doesn't work.

Try this: The link *still* doesn't work (after 2 years), but it just was missing the "ct/1" at the end. Since the wine bottle link also has a "ct/1" at the end, I would guess that if you find another link that doesn't work, add that to the end and see if it works!


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