Even if you’re not a big drinker, wine bottles can stack up fast. You can certainly recycle them, but they have such a great shape that it almost seems a pity to just get rid of them with the week’s recycling.
Instead, why not branch out into some interesting alternative uses for wine bottles. Here are a few ideas:
Come on, sticking flowers in a wine bottle is lazy. Spraying a wine bottle with chalkboard paint allows you to add customized messages and change them up as desired; and if you want, you can dress it up with ribbon, raffia, or burlap string, as seen here.
This particular photo shows a craft project, but you can also use upside down wine bottles (cut in half or not) to water your plants. Drill a hole through the cork, fill the bottle with water, and push it upside down into the soil. The hole will allow the water to slowly leak out, providing a steady trickle of water at the root line.
Infused oils or simple syrup
Gift idea: Make your own infused oils or simple syrup, pour them in a (very clean) wine bottle, and attach a personalized label.
These wine bottles can protect votives and taller candles from gusts of wind when they are used outdoors.
These are gorgeous, and allow you to see the root system of the plants.
Mood lighting or Christmas Lights
This lamp may not cast a lot of light, but it certainly looks nifty.
Outfitted with a pump or drizzle top, a wine bottle can be a nice break from an ugly plastic bottle.