7 Ways to Reuse Wine Bottles

By: Alia Hoyt  | 
A flower bed made of empty bottles  near the entrance to the champagne factory. Russia, Krasnodar Krai, village of Abrau-Durso, July 19, 2019
A flowerbed made of empty bottles isn't something your neighbors will have, that's for sure. NsdPower/Shutterstock

Depending on where you live, there's a good chance that your local recycling services no longer take glass — and that includes wine bottles. This is usually because glass breaks easily, wreaking havoc on recycling machinery and contaminating other recyclable materials.

For those of us who enjoy a good bottle of chardonnay or Champagne, this is pretty bad news. Well, you might not be able to recycle those bottles, but you certainly can upcycle them. There are fortunately many amazing and creative ways to reuse wine bottles.


If you think it's risky to use glass to decorate outdoors, that's not the case. Wine bottles are made of thicker glass than beer bottles, which makes them superior for outdoor use. Beer bottles — even the pretty ones — are more likely to crack or break outright in bad weather or just from being outside.

So if you have empty wine bottles piling up, here are seven ways to reuse them so you can indulge in a glass or two, guilt-free.


1. Raise a Garden Wall

It's shockingly easy to create a wine bottle wall to accent your garden or backyard area. Just dig a small trench that trends downward (this helps to ensure that water won't get in the bottles, then freeze and shatter in the winter months). You'll need soil (added by you or naturally existing) on the mouth side of the bottles to hold up the wall. Then just stack them tightly together. You can also use this method to create a raised bed perfect for planting flowers or veggies, too. Check out Brie the Plant Lady's step-by-step video for a helpful demo.

garden wall
A garden wall made of recycled glass wine bottles is sturdy and makes a great home for all types of plants.
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2. Let There Be Light Fixtures

The good people at YouTube have sussed out ways to turn all types of bottles into light fixtures. Wine bottles are especially popular because of their size and often brilliant color options. Some require you to cut the bottles, but others don't. And you don't have to electrify them either. Just choose the option that suits your skill and comfort level.

Aleria, Corsica, 5.08.2021. Dining area at Domaine Terra Vecchia, a Corsican vineyard between sea and mountains at Etang de Diana. Retro light lamp decor made of empty wine bottles.
You don't have to be an electrician to create a retro lamp made of empty wine bottles.
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3. Feed the Hummingbirds

This craft is perfect for using up those old screw-top wine bottles. It helps to be handy with a drill when making this hummingbird feeder, but other than that it pretty much requires only household materials to create and finish. Don't forget to fill it up with some hummingbird nectar.

hummingbird at feeder made out of reused wine bottle
The hummingbirds will flock to your reused wine bottle feeder. 


4. Produce a Privacy Wall

Although the wine bottle privacy wall does require some time and elbow grease, it doesn't take nearly as long as planting and waiting for trees or vines to grow. You'll need some basic building materials (rebar, wood frame, etc.) to create this stunning privacy feature. The toughest part is drilling through the bottom of the bottles with a diamond saw bit. But once your wall is finished, the result will be worth the effort.

privacy screens, bottles
A privacy screen made of wine bottles might be one of the tougher projects on our list, but it's easier to make than you think.
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5. Design and Decorate

Don't pay big bucks at that high-end retailer for wine bottle vases when you can DIY. This is probably one of the easiest ways to repurpose empty wine bottles because it only requires the materials you want to dress up the bottles, and some faux or real flowers to fill them. Try using a little bit of spray paint, or just dress the bottles up with a simple bow or burlap. You can use them as table centerpieces or string them up.

Decoration for wedding
With some simple twine and a few fresh flowers, you can make these hanging bottles and add a twist on table decor for your next party.   


6. Hang Out With Tiki Torches

Keep troublesome mosquitoes away and add a little light to your outdoor evenings with easy DIY tiki torches. The only supplies you need are empty wine bottles, sand, some tiki fuel, a bronze flange that fits inside the wine bottle's mouth and a replacement wick. Tools like a funnel and a pair of scissors also help to get the job done. That version sits nicely on a table, or you can invest in a few dollars' worth of hardware to make tiki torches/citronella candles that mount to a wall or fence.

Keep the mosquitoes away and look good doing it with some stunning wine bottle tiki torches.
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7. House Your Succulents

Empty wine bottles are the perfect habitat for tiny succulent plants. This option does require either a drill or glass cutter to create an opening. Then just use a funnel to fill the bottle with soil and place the succulents as desired. You can make these hang vertically or sit them horizontally for different types of planters and decor needs.

A succulent hangs in the light of a window.
Wine bottles make ideal homes for small succulent plants, either hanging in a window or sitting on a table.
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