4 DIY Ways to Give Your Empty Bottle A New Life

So you’ve picked your favourite bottle of rosé and enjoyed it immensely, but now sadly, the bottle is finished. But why throw it away when there are so many alternative uses for your empty bottle? From DIY hacks to creative alternatives, we’ve got you covered.

 

1. Self-watering wine bottle planter

For those of you who not only love a good wine but also have a green thumb, this is the perfect second life for your rosé bottle. By cutting the bottle in half and using a wick to run from the water up the neck of the bottle, your plant will be able to get enough water. Through this process you will have a flourishing, funky new plant of choice.

Green bottles with plants inside.

Materials needed:

  • Bottle cutting device
  • Wine bottle
  • Sanding paper
  • Wick, twine or hemp cord
  • Screen mesh
  • Planting supplies 

Method:

  • You can choose to skip this step if you’d like to show off the label of your rose bottle. But if not, soak the bottle in hot water so you can easily peel off the label.
  • Cut your bottle in half and sand the edges so they aren’t sharp.
  • Cut the screen mesh into a small square and insert the wick through the mesh, tying a knot to hold it in place.
  • Feed the wick down the neck of the bottle, this enables your mesh to rest nicely at the shoulder of the bottle.
  • Fill the base of the bottle with water and rest the other half in the base with the neck facing downwards. 
  • Plant your chosen plant on top of the mesh screen in the upper half of the bottle. The wick will ensure that your plant gets the water it needs. Enjoy your new creation!

White clear wine glass turned into plant holder.

2. Wine candles

Super easy to make with the ability to look elegant and tie a space together, these rosé bottle candles can be structured a variety of different ways and are sure to bring some energy into your area.

 

Materials needed:

  • Wine bottles
  • Bottle cutting device
  • Different shaped candles and wax
  • Wicks

 Method:

There are numerous different candle types and shapes you can make with a wine bottle. You can get a nice dish and place the candle on top, then use the top third of the bottle and place the wide part over the candle. The air from the neck of the bottle will enable the candle to keep burning.

  • Using the bottom third of the bottle, you could fill it with wax and make your own candle! Put a wick in the middle and wait for the wax to dry, using whatever scent and colour tickles your fancy.
  • Also using the top third of the bottle you can place a long candle down the neck. Over time, this method will see the glass become covered with wax drippings.


3. Bottle bird feeder

What better way to recycle a wine bottle than by making a bird feeder that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but good for the environment too.

Bottle bird feeder.

Materials needed:

  • Copper wire
  • Pliers
  • Wine bottle
  • Soda bottle feeder attachment
  • Birdseed

Method:

  • Using the pliers, make a tight curl with the copper wire. Then hold the curled end of the wire near the neck of the bottle and wind the wire around the bottle. 
  • At the bottom of the bottle, turn the wire 90 degrees and make a large hook-like curl. This is where the feeder will hang from.  
  • Fill the bottle with birdseed and screw the soda-bottle feeder attachment into place. Now hang from a tree or roof hook

 

4. Macrame netted bottle plant holder

Macrame is a method of knitting and knotting that can create many different things. In this case, macrame makes for the perfect holder for your old rosé bottles and plants.

Materials needed:

  • Wine bottle
  • Thin rope or twine
  • Plant cuttings
  • Hook to hang from

Method:

  • Prepare a space to hang your macrame bottle from.
  •  Create the macrame bottle hanging by knotting the cords together in a particular way. Your best bet to nail this would be a simple YouTube tutorial.
  • Fill the bottle with water, place it into its new accessory and propagate a plant by water method.
  • Find a plant and cut just below it’s root node. Doing this will ensure that the plant’s roots will grow in the water. You can leave it like this and it will slowly grow over time or plant and start again.

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