Wine lovers, here’s one for you. Find yourself with an ever-growing heap of empties? Although wine bottles are accepted for recycling in some municipalities, reusing them within the home produces even less waste, and requires even fewer resources than recycling.
Wine bottles are fun, with or without wine inside. Here are five eco chic ways to creatively reuse empty wine bottles that will show off your cut, dried, or living plants—all with minimal time and handy work. Cheers to that!
SMALL BOUQUET WINE BOTTLE VASES
How convenient it is that wine bottles and vases are practically the same shape. Simply soak the bottle in warm water for 30 minutes and peel off the label (if you wish). Rinse out any wine residue, and voila! You’ll never need to purchase another vase again. Keep it simple—just a few flowers or pieces of greenery are enough to complete the arrangement. Freshly cut or dried flowers work well; long-stemmed items work best.
Wine Bottle Botanical Centerpieces
Think of a clear, empty wine bottle as a display case waiting to happen. Simply feed some interesting looking greenery into the neck of bottle and fill with water. Stick a long, skinny candle in the top, and you’re ready for your next candlelit dinner.
Wine bottles as Watering Globes
You’re busy, and your plants have demanding watering schedules. Ditch the pricy watering globes and make your own. Find a bottle with a metal screw top. If there’s a plastic insert on the inside of the cap, remove it with a screwdriver. Place the cap topside down on a piece of scrap wood, and poke a hole in the top with a nail and hammer. Fill the bottle with water and screw the cap back on. Dig a hole near the base of a thirsty plant, and push the neck of the bottle into soil. Sit back and watch your plant drink up.
Wine bottles as Succulent Planters
Because you’ll need to cut the bottle, this one perhaps requires the most effort. But it’s worth it—and easier than you think! Wrap a piece of masking tape around the bottle where you’d like to make your cut. Using the edge of the tape as a guide, score the bottle with a glasscutter or drill bit. Heat the score line directly over an open flame (a small candle works well), rotating the bottle to get even coverage. Cool the bottle in ice water, then carefully break the top off with a hammer. If all goes as planned, the bottle will cleanly break where you scored. Remove the tape and sand the cut edge with sandpaper. Place some stones in the bottom, fill with your favorite succulent, and wait for compliments from your friends.
wine bottles as hydroponic Gardens
This is our favorite way to reuse wine bottles, but we’re biased. Our counter-top herb kits transform empty wine bottles into tiny gardens—no green thumb required. Keep culinary herbs at arm’s reach, and upcycle your empty bottles in the process. Learn how to choose the perfect bottle here. (Spoiler alert: green or brown wine bottles are ideal.)