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Empty Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

Updated on August 30, 2013
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What can you make with old empty wine bottles?

Just a Few Ideas
Simpe Home Decor
Candle Holders
Lamps
Vases
Hanging Items
Wedding Items

Old empty wine bottles are a perfect craft medium for many different kinds of home décor projects. With ideas ranging from lamps to vases to hanging decorative pieces, there is something for everyone. Kids will be able to assist with many of these projects. Wine bottles are also a popular item for weddings. You can use them for table numbers, centerpieces, favors, and more. Most of the ideas here are inexpensive and can be completed in an afternoon. Happy crafting!

Remove your wine bottle labels with ease.

Soak a wine bottle in hot, soapy water for one hour. Attempt to peel off the label. If the label does not slide off easily, add more hot water and soak it for a while longer. If your label still needs more help, consider using a water and bleach solution or Goo-Gone. [source]

There are so many arts and crafts projects to make with these old wine bottles.
There are so many arts and crafts projects to make with these old wine bottles. | Source

How to Paint Wine Bottles

Simple Décor Ideas

Some of the simplest décor craft ideas are the most effective. Consider the following easy ideas for decorating your old wine bottles.

  • Wrapped. You can wrap wine bottles in yarn, hemp, twine, ribbon, or festive décor (i.e. gold or silver Christmas strands). Surprisingly if you're going to glue your wrapping in place, Elmer's is one of the most effective options. Some people opt to wrap the whole bottle while others opt to only wrap part of it. (Check out partially wrapped bottles here.) Some people just add a simple touch with a knotted ribbon or length of rope.
  • Spray painted. If you already have spray paint at home, this is a really easy option that will completely transform a bottle. Are you painted several bottles? Consider color themes, such as an ombre set.
  • Ombre frosted. If you still can't get past the ombre concept, consider the simple tutorial from Saved by Love Creations that is linked on the right that uses rubbing alcohol and frosted glass paint.
  • Painted on the inside. Pour a little bit of paint inside a bottle and carefully turn the bottle so that the entire interior gets coated with paint.
  • Chalkboard painted. Join the chalkboard paint trend and turn an empty wine bottle into a miniature chalkboard with a few coats of chalkboard paint. Paint the whole bottle or just a small section.
  • Decorated with permanent markers. You can add virtually any type of design, picture, or writing to either a plain or painted wine bottle.
  • "Frosted" with Epsom salt. After you've spray painted your bottles, give them a coat of spray adhesive and then roll them in Epsom salt. More details from Cleverly Inspired with the link on the right.
  • Glitter covered. Mix all purpose Mod Podge and glitter and paint it on a bottle.
  • Covered in rhinestones or decorative glass stones. You can pick up rhinestones or decorative glass stones for cheap at any big box craft store.

Wine Bottle oil Candle, Wick- Cleverly Inspired

Candle Holders

  • Candle shelter. This decorative item makes a wonderful table décor piece any time of the year.
  • Cut bottle candle holders. Cut off the bottom of a wine bottle and add a candle. Consider putting together a display with multiple bottles that have candles of varying sizes.
  • Tall candle holders. After you cut off the bottom of the bottle, stick a tall skinny candle in the neck.

Make a Wine Bottle into a Night Light

Lamps

  • Filled with Christmas lights. One of the simplest ways to make a wine bottle lamp is to fill a bottle with a short strand of Christmas lights. Situate the bottle near an outlet so you can plug it in and easily hide the cord. Some people use a glass drill bit so that the cord can feed through near the bottom of the bottle inconspicuously.
  • Table lamp. Turn a wine bottle into the base of a table lamp.
  • Tiki torch. Making a tiki torch is one of the more involved projects here, but it is well worth the effort. You will wow guests at every backyard party that you host.

Vases

You can use just about any of the ideas from the simple décor section above for wine bottle vases.

  • Decoupage. There are numerous options for decoupage that you can use for a wine bottle that will function as a vase.
  • Cut bottle vases. Don't let the cutting glass step deter you from considering this idea. It comes together pretty easily.
  • Planters. Take it one step further and create a planter.

Hanging Decor Ideas

  • Hummingbird feeder. Do you live in an area with hummingbirds? Attract them to your yard with a recycled materials homemade feeder.
  • Lighting. Modify one of the candle or lamp tutorials so that you can hang your bottle. Check out an example here.
  • Wind chimes. There are so many different ways that you can configure your bottles to make creative, unique wind chimes.

Tip: Wine bottles are perfect for wedding shower and bachelorette party centerpieces, table décor, and favors, too. Additionally, to keep with a wine bottle theme for a wedding, consider giving mini wine bottles as wedding favors.

Wedding Décor - Dipping Wine Bottles in Plasti-Dip

Wedding Ideas

Many of the ideas featured in this article can be used or slightly adapted to use for weddings. However, there are a few wedding specific wine bottle crafts as well.

  • Centerpieces or table décor. Think about how you can decorate your bottles so that they will fit with your wedding theme and colors.
  • Table numbers. Many people use chalkboard paint for this concept, but you don't need to feel limited to this. Consider attaching a small sign or sticking one in the top of the bottle.
  • Guest book. Have your guests sign a wine bottle with permanent markers. Some people opt to spray paint the bottle first. Make sure that the marker choice will work well with the bottle or paint color.

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I haven't cut glass bottles personally, but this is one of my favorite tutorials about cutting glass: http://www.natashalh.com/how-to-cut-glass-bottles-... If you have any questions about the tools or the process, feel free to contact her directly.

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      Heather Rode 

      5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Such great ideas. I've been thinking about crafting with bottles for awhile now but would like to buy a cutting tool. I didn't see it mentioned in your article (unless I'm totally blind), but is there a specific tool or method you prefer when you did yours? I see a couple different kinds on Amazon and was wondering. Thanks.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Organised Kaos! Thanks!

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      Anne 

      5 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

      Loving all these recycling ideas!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, thejeffriestube! That's great. Enjoy. :)

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      Dave 

      5 years ago from United States

      Such great ideas! I am definitely going to try to make a vase now!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! It's nice when areas do offer recycling as an option for wine bottles.

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      Angelo52 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! So many ways to re-use empty wine bottles. If you don't want to craft with them, please do recycle instead of tossing them into the local landfill.

      Thumbs up and shared.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kelley! :)

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      kelleyward 

      5 years ago

      Love these beautiful ideas!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Jeannie! I'm glad that you got some new ideas from this article.

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are really great ideas. I would have never thought to use wine bottles for crafts. Thanks for sharing!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Yes, for sure.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What great ideas. It's a great way to recycle. Up and awesome.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, vespawoolf! I'm glad that you found so many ideas here that you like. Have fun with your projects.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      More great ideas! I can see that we need to save our wine bottles from now on. I especially like the idea of filling them with lights, frosting them or painting with chalkboard paint. Very clever. Voted up and shared!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Michelle! That's awesome. :)

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      Michelle Hennen 

      5 years ago from Vigo, Spain

      Thanks for all the ideas! I'm so glad I have been saving all my wine bottles! (:

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Om! That's awesome. :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Lovely hub! I always enjoy reading about creative and artistic ways to recycle. Rated up and awesome :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're all set now, Sid! Best of luck!

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      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, RandomCreative, I've always wanted to give this a try, but I didn't know how to get a clean cut on the bottle. The second link is a great way to go. My wife and I want to redecorate, and glass and light and candles are a way to go. We'll be back!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, habee! Thanks.

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow - what great ideas! I might have to start a few new projects! Voted up, etc.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! That sounds awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      What a beautiful hub! I came across someone's yard where he's made yard-art out of wine and beer bottles. He used them in sculptures, in stepping stones, as retaining walls, path markers, and as sconces. Love it!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Thelma! That's great. I hope that you get a chance to try some of them.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Beautiful ideas. I would love to try these. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Crystal! I appreciate that.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      So many great ideas. You really put a lot of effort into this one. Voted up and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kathryn, yes, for sure! Glad you enjoyed.

      Thanks, Suzie! Yep, it is really crazy how many options there are for wine bottle crafts. I never quite realize the scope of these articles until I start to research them fully, and I'm always blown away.

      Thanks, suzzycue! It's always nice to re-use items when you can.

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      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub on up-cycling wine bottles. I like your ideas. It is better to be creative than trash items. Well done hub Randomcreative.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cool ideas Rose! What a list you have compiled, well researched, it is obvious the work you have put into this. Wine bottle craft is so useful with so many options it's freaky! Thanks for sharing! Up +++ Pinned, Shared.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      There are so many great ideas for reusing wine bottles! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Au fait! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this article.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      You have a lot of great ideas here. I like the vase in the middle with the multi-blue marbles on it. The idea of turning a wine bottle into a nightlight was cool too. You always have such interesting hubs! Voted up!

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