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Reuse and Recycle Your Old Beer Bottles

Updated on August 4, 2012

What Do I Do With All These Empty Bottles?

I had recently brewed my own beer and had been saving beer bottles for the next batch of brew. I just moved and don't have the space to brew any new beer at the moment so I'm left with a huge box of empty beer bottles. I've been wondering of things I can do with these bottles other than throw them away in the dumpster. I found some really interesting new ideas for how to reuse and recycle them.


Beer Bottle Countertops

When I heard of beer bottle countertops the image in my head wasn't appealing. But when I saw pictures of the actual countertops I was very impressed. The broken glass from beer bottles gives the countertop a unique look. A company named Vetrazzo makes these countertops with different colors of glass all out of recycled beer bottles.

Beer Bottle Spoon Rest
Beer Bottle Spoon Rest | Source

Beer Bottle Spoon Rests

The glass beer bottle spoon rests might be useful. Especially since I melted the plastic spoon rest that my wife had. Oops.

I've seen these at art festivals around town and have thought about making one myself. To make your own you would need a kiln to melt the beer bottles into the shape of a spoon rest. If you don't have a kiln, which I don't, maybe you can go to an art school or art studio and rent time on a kiln. This might be a cool project.

Beer Bottle Glasses
Beer Bottle Glasses | Source

Beer Bottle Glasses

I love these. These would be easy to make if you have a way to cut the bottle. I've seen kits designed specifically for cutting bottles on Ebay. If you don't want to buy a tool to cut you could try cutting it with string. Simply tie a string around the area of the bottle that you want to cut. Then pour a bit of kerosene on the string. Light it and let it burn around the area. It will break along the line of the string. If you use the string method the edged might need to be sanded down so you don't cut your lips off.

Beer Bottle Coasters
Beer Bottle Coasters | Source

Beer Bottle Coasters

I like the way the beer bottle coasters look. I don't know if they would be any use to me though. My drinks sweat so much that these coasters would just make big puddles of water. I need something that will soak up the water a bit more. I like the way it looks with the beer bottles, but I don't think it would be practical for me.

Beer Bottle Chandelier
Beer Bottle Chandelier | Source

Beer Bottle Chandelier

The beer bottle chandelier is a really unique idea for a bar, game room or your wedding. I see them in the bars of local Mexican restaurants and I really like the way they look. Different companies sell the kits that you can buy and put your bottles on to make your own chandelier. Some places even have chandelier kits to use wine bottles.

While I think these beer bottle chandeliers are interesting, having one in your dining room would probably just tell your dinner guests that you're an alcoholic.

Beer Bottles Wrapped in Yarn
Beer Bottles Wrapped in Yarn | Source

Wrap Beer Bottles in Yarn

This seems like more of a project for my wife. Hot glue and wrap yard around the glass bottle for a unique looking vase. I admit they do look neat with the yarn around them.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome repurposing ideas. I often use old beer bottles for decoration, and even clean and reuse the bottles for when I make my own beer.

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      rick combe 4 years ago from USA

      The beer bottle glasses look like a fun project. I might try it. Thanks for bringing these ideas to our attention.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Using beer bottle as chandelier I think is a great idea.

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      Jakob Barry 5 years ago

      Excellent and very creative stuff here. This was a great hub!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      This hub caught my eye because I just did a post on my blog about beer bottle crafts. (I made glasses and outdoor flower vases...they turned out pretty cute)

      Anyway, I love the counter top! I also like the yarn vases and will probably try that myself. Very creative.


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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      tillsontitan Thanks for the votes. I'm glad you found it useful and funny. :)

      chrissieklinger Thanks for stopping by. That countertop is pretty cool. I think it'd be perfect for an outdoor kitchen.

      Lipnancy Thanks for the vote!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I must admit that the counter top looks real pretty. What Awesome ideas! Voted Up.

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love the countertop idea and my husband drinks a lot of different beer brands so we could totally do something like that! Awesome ideas!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I know sooo many people who could keep beer bottle crafters in business for years! These were amusing and yet great ideas. I like the way you wrote this hub and of course your 'recycling' ideas are top notch.

      Voted up, useful and funny.

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      @lmpowelljr my wife put Christmas lights in a wine bottle one year. I thought it was a nice look.

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      lmpowelljr 5 years ago

      My uncle cut a hole in the bottom, fed a string of Christmas lights through it. Instant Christmas décor or all year night light.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job with this topic! I love articles about recycled art.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      WOW! These ideas are killer! I can't wait to try them out. My friend has a beer bottle collection that he is trying to turn into something cool. I am definitely sending this to him on Facebook. Great work!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      These are great! Love the countertop.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Wow, I love the chandelier, it would look awesome in my front room. Sadly I only have two empty beer bottles from last night. Oh, well, I guess I'll have to try harder .... hic :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I enjoyed looking at the photos and how creative the bottles are used. Voted awesome and interesting! By the way, recycling old beer bottles have caught the attention of the Hubnuggets team. Yes, your hub has been nominated! Whhheeee...check it out by clicking on this link

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      @internetsavvy Colored sand won't work if your bottles are brown like mine. :)

      @unknown spy Thanks for stopping by!

      @marthamuldoon Haha Those kits might be safer. But playing with fire is way more fun. :)

      @precy anza Thanks for stopping by and the votes!

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Hi bockshiner, I see you have a beautiful hub here too about bottles, but with beer bottles! That countertops is really pretty! ^-^' Voted up! I would put a link to your hub from my bottle hub! :)

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      marthamuldoon 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      This is a fun hub. I have seen kits with everything you need to make drinking glasses out of old bottles, safer than the kerosene method, I suspect, especially if you very recently finished the beer that was in the bottle :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, great ideas!

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Haha. Hooray beer!

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      sandonia 5 years ago

      As I went through the hub, I couldn't get those Jamaican commercials out of my head for Red Stripe beer. Haha.