Now that summer’s come to an end, you probably have a towering stack of empty wine bottles lying around the garage or boathouse. But don’t destroy the evidence just yet! Instead of tossing them in the recycle bin—or returning them back to the liquor store for a pittance—give your empty wine bottles a second life by transforming them into everything from succulent planters to bird feeders. With so many DIY projects to test out, you’ll never want to toss another wine bottle again.
A clear wine bottle makes the perfect vessel for giving away seasonal candy. Simply clean, decorate to your whim, fill with candy and you’re good to go.
Create a miniature outdoor herb garden by cutting a hole and filling the bottle with the herb of your choice. Bonus points if you can hang the bottle up outside and let rainwater work its magic. Get the tutorial here.
Cut the bottom off an old wine bottle and place it on top of a candle to create a unique centerpiece for your next dinner party.
Cutting glass horizontally takes a bit more skill, but with the right equipment you can turn your wine bottles into adorable succulent planters.
An old bottle becomes the perfect cheese plate through a process called “slumping.” Heat the bottle up to 1500 degrees in a kiln, then let it cool. The bottle will naturally fall into a flat resting shape.
Cut the top off a wine bottle to create an unexpectedly elegant glass vase.