A Few Ways to Recycle Your Wine Bottles





Don’t throw out your wine bottles – there are way too many cool things you can do with them than to just consign them to the landfill, or even to toss them into the recycling bin!

I wish I’d discovered a lot of these sooner, given the number of wine bottles I’ve consigned to the recycling center – or at least I did before they stopped taking them. And that, honestly, is what began my quest to find new ways to use wine bottles around the house instead of throwing them out. I ended up with some great finds!

My favorite one so far has been a piece of art I created for our stairwell that doubles as an air freshener. Not only does it add a pop of bright color to our nice sunny stairwell landing, but it gives us fresher stairs {we have to keep the window closed thanks to a kitten who likes to climb screens, so they get kind of musty} and lets me show off some of my favorite wine bottle designs {seriously, these are awesome}. Yay, recycling!

With assembly and quick trips to Target and Home Depot – provided you have already responsibly consumed the wine – this is a project you can knock out easily in an afternoon. And yeah, let’s be safe here, people. Let’s definitely not play with power tools or cars when there’s wine involved.

Here’s how to make your own wine bottle vase display, with or without air fresheners.

What You’ll Need:

Materials:

  • Three washed and dried wine bottles
  • One 2-foot board
  • Scrap 1×2 board
  • conduit hangers
  • 3 3-inch bolts
  • 3 nuts
  • 4 wood screws
  • Spray paint {if desired}

Tools:

  • Artificial flowers {I used one of these and one of these – they were on sale at Target}
  • Wire cutters
  • Drill
  • Router with keyhole slot router bit
  • Glue gun + glue
  • Stick-on air freshener {I like these}
  • 2 drywall anchor screws to hang

How to Make It:

Step 1. Color your hardware.

If all the hardware you can find is brushed nickel or zinc and you, well, kind of hate brushed nickel or zinc and want oiled bronze instead, break out that spray paint, spray your hardware, and give it plenty of time to dry.

My personal favorite is this Rust-Oleum in oil rubbed bronze. I’ve used this on our banister brackets, on shelving brackets, on mug hooks, and on a dozen other things in our house that I absolutely don’t want to be brushed nickel or, God forbid, brass. I just can’t with the brass.

Done? Okay, let’s make this thing.

Step 2. Attach mounting brackets.

Those wood scraps you have are both for hanging your piece and for bumping it out so there’s enough room to attach the stick-on air freshener in the back.

I attached ours using two wood screws for each, one at the bottom and one in the middle. I left the top open, because that’s where I wanted the keyhole cut so that I could flush-mount the board.

The piece I used was a scrap board from another project and already had a wood piece to connect it, but you can use a couple pieces of your 1×2″ and get the same effect.

Step 3. Cut the keyhole hanger.

If you don’t have the equipment, you can always install regular frame hangers or D-ring hangers on the back supports, but we wanted this piece to sit fairly tight to the wall. Plus, it was a chance for Scott to try out his new router bit. Normally, I don’t ask him to do projects like this for me, but I couldn’t say no when I saw how excited he was to use his new toy.

In order to make a keyhole slot in wood, first you drill a hole wide enough to get the router bit in. Then you use the keyhole slot router bit to carve an inverted t-shaped slot into the wood so that you can slide a screwhead into the large opening and slide it down through the smaller opening to hang securely, flush to the wall.

Step 4.Attach bottles, fill with flowers.

This part was easy. I just drilled three equally spaced holes about 3/4 of the way to the top of the board, slipped the bolts through, fastened the bolts on with the nuts, and screwed the conduit hangers onto the bolts. I slipped each of the bottles through a conduit hanger and tightened the screw down so they wouldn’t go anywhere.

Then I prepped the flowers. I basically separated out all the long stems from the gathered base with my wire cutters and equally divided them between the vases. I made sure there was at least one long stem in each wine bottle vase – I liked the idea of seeing a stem behind the root graphic on the bottle – and then slid the other shorter stems in around it.

I attached them all in the arrangement I wanted using my glue gun and basically filling up the top of the bottle. This was mostly to keep them in place in the event a little cat tries to grab them {I put nothing past him}.

Step 5. Anchor to wall.

All that was left to do was drill into the wall, hammer in the plastic anchors, drill in the screws, and slide the keyhole slots over the screw heads. Done!

I was a little concerned at first that the bottles and flowers would stick out a little too far, but I think we picked out the right width of mounting brackets and lengths of screws – they sit pretty nicely in the mid-level landing at the end of our gallery wall, and they hide the air fresheners perfectly!

Here’s a look at the landing from above – all polished up with its new drapes {I broke out my limited sewing skills for these custom babies}, new floor, banisters, and all the other stuff we added or overhauled as part of our renovation project. But that’s another story!

It’s ridiculous, but these stairs just make me so happy – and Scott, too. It’s not infrequent that I hear him, when he’s heading down the stairs, yell, “I love our stairs!”

Yes, home renovation has made us weird. And no, we really don’t care.


But that’s just one option – here are six more great options for your wine bottles!


What other great projects do you have out there for empty wine bottles?

DIY PROJECTS, THE ALOHA HOUSE
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