6 Amazing Ways to Recycle Your Old Wine BottleWritten by David MasifonPosted on 01 15, 2018
A bottle of wine is one of the most pleasurable sights in the world for the avid wine drinker. However, when the aromas have been released and the palate has been seduced, what happens to the wine bottles?
Do you throw them into the bin and let it be carted away with other waste, or do you just leave them in the backyard or store with a pile of other beverage bottles? Letting bottles of wine go to waste might not compare to pouring away a good Merlot wine, but it surely it is something too precious to waste.
How do you recycle old wine bottles?
There are a lot of creative ways to reuse your old wine bottles within your home rather than send it to the recycle company.
We are not talking about the typical Nigerian style of storing groundnuts in them or cooking oil. This has to do with creative recycling, and it requires a bit of work.
Below are some of the creative ways you can recycle your old wine bottles.
Turn it to a cup
You may have a lot of glass cups in your house already, but a glass cup made out of an old wine bottle is rare and special.
To get your glass cup from a wine bottle, all you need is to split the bottle into half. The up part can serve other purposes, but it is the bottom part that is readily available for holding a new liquid ( or liquor as you like it).
All you need to do is soak a piece of yarn in nail polish remover and tie it around the wine bottle. Light up the yarn using a lighter and let it burn all the way round for 10 – 15 seconds. Dip in a bowl of cold water and there you have your perfect split. Go ahead and smoother the edges with a chisel or sand paper and your glass cup is ready for use.
How about a chandelier?
Yes! How about a chandelier of old wine bottles? With the bottom half of your wine bottles already in the glass rack, the top half can serve as chandelier. You will need wires, bulbs, a board and a chain to hold up the board to the ceiling. String your light bulbs through the bottles – make sure the wires have been connected properly to the power source ( you might need an electrician here). Don’t shy away from using different colours of wine bottles as this would add some spice to your chandelier.
Wine bottles can make amazing containers for growing your flowers. You can simply fill up the bottle with water and soil and put your flower into it. In other case, you can also cut your bottles in half and use either half to grow your flowers.
You can as well switch it up and use both halves of the bottle in growing your house plant. While the bottom half stores the soil and water, the upper half hold up the plant. Show your creativity by arranging them beautifully in and out of the house.
Wine bottles come in handy in demarcating your backyard garden from the footpath. All you need is to bury them neatly by the edges of your garden or field to ensure people do not step on the grass or plants while walking through. Ensure that none of the bottles are broken to avoid any injuries. Using different colours of bottles will add ornamental beauty to your footpath as well.
Your wine bottles can become a toothpick holder in the dining. Imagine the beauty of picking out food particles from your teeth after enjoying a meal of roast paired with a lovely Chardonnay wine. Split the mouth of your old wine bottle in a slant, chisel for smoothness and use the cork or cover to seal it. Place your toothpicks in them and it is set for use.
Wine is already considered as the drink of romance. Why not go above the top by having a romantic dinner lit up with candles in old wine bottles? There are several ways to create your candle holder. Simply putting the candle through the mouth of the bottle is the most common. However, you can split your wine bottle in half, use the upper part to hold the candle, while the bottom part (with the base cut open) can protect the candle light from wind.