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5 creative uses for empty wine bottles

By Chris Gardner

Wine bottles, though made of glass, are actually quite strong. For durability and as a safety precaution, manufacturers make them from very thick, shatter-resistant glass.

Can they break? Sure, but usually on account of a person’s carelessness. Picture frames, vases and other home accessories made of glass are more likely to be unsafe. So, what’s the point? You should use wine bottles to build stuff in your home. Here are five inspiring DIY ideas to get you going.

Make a wine bottle lantern

Kristina from came up with this simple yet conversation-starting wine bottle lamp project. The trick? A specialty drill bit designed for tile and glass.

Create drinking glasses

Tyler from Plastolux used a vintage bottle cutter (check a secondhand store or eBay) to create these bold drinking glasses out of spent wine bottles.

Torch it!

With a few fittings from the hardware store, an old wine bottle becomes an excellent, outdoor-use torch (download the free plans or purchase an easy-to-assemble kit).

DIY wine bottle planters

Claire from She Knows Living figured out a great way to upgrade an old wine bottle into a hanging planter, complete with a mini beer bottle partner.

Build a chandelier

Having spotted a wine bottle chandelier that was $400 from a chain store, Caitlin and Brandon did what any good DIYers would do — made one themselves (and for a mere $50)!


Bob Vila is the home improvement expert widely known as host of TV’s This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, and Bob Vila. Today, Bob continues his mission to help people upgrade their homes and improve their lives with advice online at His video-rich site offers a full range of fresh, authoritative content – practical tips, inspirational ideas, and more than 1,000 videos from Bob Vila television.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

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