You know you’re doing a good deed when you recycle your wine bottles (yay you!), but how great would it be to actually re-use some of those bottles instead of throwing them away? And haven’t you had a few bottles that were simply so beautiful – or meaningful – it felt wrong to throw them out?
We have some suggestions for you. We’re not talking cheesy, craft-fair items, but simple, easy ways to repurpose them to decorate your home, patio, or even give as gifts!
1. Our easiest recommendation would be to remove the label from a Gérard Bertrand “Cote des Roses” bottle (complete with glass stopper) and use it as a conversation-inducing water carafe. Whether you place a single bottle by the bed, or several at the dinner table, this makes serving water a whole lot classier!
2. With only a little extra effort, you can elevate a bottle by etching it. This requires a few dollars, two easy-to-find items (etching cream & adhesive stencils) and a few minutes of your time. Simply wipe your bottle clean of the label and any adhesive, remove any additional debris with rubbing alcohol, adhere the stencil, use a dauber with the etching cream (apply generously), let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse away under a faucet and remove the screen.
3. If you’re up to more of a challenge, you can cut the bottle (it’s easier that you think!) and use the bottom half of the bottle to make water glasses, candle holders, or even a candle itself. For under $30, you can buy a glass cutter like this one, and that’s your entire investment. If you’re using it for a candle, you can fill it with wax and a wick for a total DIY feel or use our hack of skipping the messy wax/wick work and just placing a flat-bottomed candle in your new candle holder!