Home & Garden Home 9 DIY Projects That Reuse Your Old Glass Bottles By Kelly Ladd Kelly Ladd Writer University of Central Florida Before Ladd became a full-time artist, she was a parade performer at Disney World and an editor and prop stylist for Parenting magazine. Learn about our editorial process Updated April 9, 2021 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Home DIY Pest Control Natural Cleaning Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating In some cities, recycling glass bottles isn't as simple as you might think. In fact, some of those bottles end up in landfills. But instead of fretting about the problem, get creative by transforming them into a clever DIY project. Here are 9 ideas to get you started. Treehugger / Sanja Kostic 1. Flower Vase Centerpiece Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Jazz up your dining room table with 1-inch x 6-inch wood board and old glass soda bottles. Construct the centerpiece by building a rectangular shape with your wood and drill holes into the top piece to make room for the flower stems. 2. Colorful Bottle Chandelier Treehugger / Sanja Kostic To make a wine bottle chandelier, cut your wine bottle using a bottle cutter (there are many types on Amazon to choose from), then sand the bottom edge of your bottle to make it smooth. Then simply paint your bottles with Mod Podge Sheer Color Paint. Once dry, attach a pendant light kit. 3. Painted Flower Vases Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Add some color to your home décor by painting bud vases. All you have to do is pour a few tablespoons of paint into your bottles and then swish the paint around so it covers the inside of the bottle. Then turn your bottles upside down to dry an allow the excess paint to drip out. Once dry, you can put your fresh flowers inside. 4. Bottle Tree Treehugger / Sanja Kostic You can purchase bottle trees from many online stores or make your own. Buy a steel rod from a local steel supply store and decorate it with an assortment of colored wine bottles. 5. Tiki Torch Bottles Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Did you know that you can make a tiki torch out of just about any glass bottle? Fill your empty liquor bottle halfway with water and the rest with tiki torch fluid. Drench your wick into the tiki torch fluid and then place it inside the bottle. The next step is to light it. It's a perfect addition for backyard party. 6. Rainbow Wine Bottle Lanterns Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Repurpose your wine bottles into these adorable rainbow lanterns. Cut your bottles using a bottle cutter and then paint them in a rainbow of colors. Once they're dry, simply light your tea lights and place the glass bottles on top for a simple decoration. 7. Candles in Cut Wine Bottles Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Wine bottles make the perfect candle containers. Using a bottle cutter, slice your wine bottle in half. Then fill with melted soy wax and wooden wicks. If you're a fragrance person, be sure to add some essential oils to make your home smell delicious when you light it. 8. Calming Bottles Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Is it hard for you to take a minute to breathe and calm down? This DIY calming bottle is great for kids and adults. All you do is fill a glass jar with glitter, glue and water. The idea is to shake the bottle and as the glitter slowly falls to the bottom of the jar, you take as many deep breaths as you need to settle your emotions at the same time. 9. Etch Your Own Soap Bottle Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Transform an old milk, wine or olive oil bottle into a dish soap bottle and add an extra design element to it by etching it. Adhere letter stickers on your glass and then apply etching cream over your letters, rinse off and viola — your project is done!