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How to Recycle Your Wine Bottles

Updated on October 21, 2014
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Carol graduated from Indian Hills C.C. with an AAS in H.I.T and an AA in Arts & Science. A Social Media Booster for Wine Diamonds Film.

Finished Products

Wine Vases Made out of Wine Bottles
Wine Vases Made out of Wine Bottles | Source

Trapped Inside With Nothing to Do

While visiting with my daughter during a cold icy week, we decided to take some
leftover tissue paper, one of her empty wine bottles and make a vase. The tissue
paper was the exact color scheme she already had in her kitchen so this would
help brighten her table, I thought. Once my daughter covered the first bottle with
the peace sign we noticed there was enough paper and another empty wine bottle.

Three Wine Bottle Vases with Zing

In today’s society we have the “Go Green.” The internet is a great place for finding ideas to help us recycle those unwanted items and keep us from overflowing our landfills.

Stuck Inside With Icy Conditions Outside

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North Carolina, One of Several Icy Stormy Days in 2014
North Carolina, One of Several Icy Stormy Days in 2014
North Carolina, One of Several Icy Stormy Days in 2014 | Source

A Place to Find Great Ideas

One of the great places you can find ideas is Pinterest. Enter www.Pinterest.com and join. If you’re not a member and you like crafty things to do try this website out. It’s free and anything you find worth sharing you can pass along to your friends and family or just save for yourself by pinning it to your board for later.

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Snow Snow Go Away.....

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2014 Snow Day in Iowa
2014 Snow Day in Iowa
2014 Snow Day in Iowa | Source

Making Memories

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All One Color

Keep Like This Or Add, That is The Question
Keep Like This Or Add, That is The Question | Source

Items Needed For This Project

1 paint brush

1 pair of scissors

1 wine bottle or however many you want to make.

1 bottle of Mod Podge

* Hint you will have plenty left over for other projects.

Tissue paper (colors you want to use).

*Hint for the three wine bottles we only used 4 sheets with plenty left over to save for the next project we decide to do.

Step Two

Working on the Peace Sign
Working on the Peace Sign | Source

How to Decorate Your Project

  1. Apply the Mod Podge on the bottle with a paint brush.
  2. Add the tissue paper.
  3. Dab more Mod Podge to the top of the tissue paper; sealing the paper in place.

*Hint easy cleanup.

Add Design

Finished Step 2.
Finished Step 2. | Source

Strips Go Around & Around....

“How about making one more,” I said.

She said, “Sure. What pattern should we use on this one?”

“How about alternating colors around in a circle until you reach the base?”

Done!

Mosaic Wine Vase

“Wow, we still have paper and look one more empty bottle. Did you want to save this one?”

“No, mom. I only want to collect the Nearwood Winery bottles.”

“Ok. Why don’t we decorate this one too?”

I took the label off the unwanted clear bottle and then surrendered the last one over to my twenty-one year old daughter while I cut little squares.

We both agreed, on the mosaic look.

Add to Your Vase Collection

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Different Patterns, Using Same Color Schemes.
Different Patterns, Using Same Color Schemes.
Different Patterns, Using Same Color Schemes. | Source

Bringing Colors Together

After we were finished we realized these colors could be brought into her adjoining living room, where they set nice upon her entertainment center. The only thing missing now is a large red daisy, one large yellow daisy, and a large lime green daisy for each vase. These popular spring flowers can be found at most craft stores.

Three Vases

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 One Plain Two with Pizzazz.
 One Plain Two with Pizzazz.
One Plain Two with Pizzazz. | Source

More Things to Make Out of Those Unwanted Bottles

  • Wrap twine, thin or thick around your bottles.
  • Paint the bottle with chalk paint. This is a great idea if you want to write a number on the bottles or a saying on them.
  • Paint them pastel colors, great for Easter to decorate those wine bottle trees. Christmas colors for Christmas time, green for St. Patrick's Day, orange and black for Halloween, and so on....
  • Cut bottle at the base of the neck and set over the top of a tea light candle. (Pretty Centerpieces)

Other Great Ideas for Those Leftover Wine Bottles

While looking on the Pinterest website, I noticed some other ways of decorating wine bottles. Check them out, they have the directions on how to make them. If you can't figure them out send me a comment and I will try to help you out.

Paint your empty wine bottles or stick a candle in them.

Easy decorations made out of empty wine bottles.
Easy decorations made out of empty wine bottles. | Source

Warning!

Warning: Do not leave your candles unattended. If you place a candle in your wine bottle be sure to set the bottle on a saucer larger than the base of the bottle so that the wax will drip on to the saucer.

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      Carol Clarke Reed 2 years ago from Remote

      Billie Kelpin, that sounds cool! I would like to see a picture of your friend's water fall structure out of wine bottles.

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      Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

      I had a friend who was cementing his wine bottles together for a water fall structure in his backyard. I can't find a pattern for that on the web.

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      Kincaid72 3 years ago

      Awesome!

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      shannon 3 years ago

      Love this craft!