Published on July 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


10 Craft Projects for Glass Bottles

Craft Projects for Empty Bottles

You know the feeling when you finish a delicious beer or drink that last glass from a bottle of wine? Not the tipsy feeling, but the one when you take your empty bottle and head to the recycle bin. It’s sort of a bummer, right? Beer and wine bottles are often so well-designed, and it’s a shame to waste them.

Here in the U.S. we use over 11 million tons of glass per year. Recycling that glass is definitely better than throwing it away but recycling still uses energy from trucking the waste to the recycling center to the actual recycling process. Next time you’ve got an empty bottle, try getting your craft on instead with some of these projects!

DIY hummingbird feeder1. Cut your bottles – You can cut your glass bottles to make tumblers, vases, and small storage. If you don’t want to wait for the Kinkajou, check out the glass cutting video over at Green Upgrader.

2. DIY Hummingbird Feeder – Got a backyard or even a balcony? Use an old glass bottle to make an upcycled hummingbird feeder!

3. Twinkle Bottles – Design Mom shows you how to drill through a glass bottle so that you can fill it up with Christmas lights. To make your twinkle bottle extra eco, choose low-energy LED lights.

4. Yarn-Wrapped BottlesCover your empties in your favorite eco-friendly yarn to give them a fresh look.

5. Etch It – OK, this is actually for reusing Frappuccino bottles, but any smallish bottle that has a screw on lid will do. Etch them to make sweet spice containers!

Next>> 5 more glass bottle craft projects!

Image Credits: Wine Bottles photo via Shutterstock, Hummingbird Feeder by Autumn Wiggins

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

One Response to 10 Craft Projects for Glass Bottles

  1. Ruthann says:

    I absolutely love your site !! Great ideas that definitely make me feel better about leaving this place better than I found it.

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