Stop recycling those empty wine bottles and repurpose them instead. The bottles, the labels and the corks can all be used to create fun, unique crafts. You can use your creations to decorate your home. Wine-themed crafts look especially nice in the kitchen and dining room, though they can be used in any part of the house.
You can also use your wine supplies to create thoughtful, homemade gifts for your loved ones on a budget. With so many options, it’s easy to find a style that suits everyone on your list. Here are some of the top crafting ideas for your used wine bottles.
Don’t throw out those old corks! In fact, start getting handy with a corkscrew to ensure that you don’t shred any corks as you remove them. You’ll want them to be in great shape for this fun cork wreath craft. All you need is a cheap Styrofoam wreath in the size of your choice from the local craft store along with your collected corks.
To start, use pins or hot glue to place corks in an even layer covering the entire wreath. Once the initial layer is complete, use hot glue to place corks on top of the first layer at various angles. This random look adds a lovely, whimsical touch to your wreath. If you wish, you can leave the back of the wreath with only the initial layer so that it will lay nicely against a flat surface. The final product is perfect for decorating your interior walls or even your front door.
You can create cups, candle holders and other vessels by cutting the narrow portion off of empty wine bottles. To do this, you’ll need to learn how to cut glass. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than most people anticipate! Use these steps for safe, easy cutting:
- Cut a piece of yarn that is long enough to wrap around the widest part of the wine bottle 3-5 times.
- Soak the yarn in nail polish remover.
- Wrap the yarn around the bottle in the place where you’d like to cut the glass.
- Tie the yarn into position very tightly.
- Light the yarn on fire.
- Rotate the bottle slowly to make sure all of the yarn burns.
- When the fire has gone out, dunk the bottle into a bucket of ice water. This should break the bottle easily.
- Use a piece of rough sandpaper to sand the edges of the glass until it is smooth and free of any sharp areas.
Now that your glass has been cut, it’s easy to use for all kinds of things. Fill it with wax to create a homemade candle, or simply place a small votive inside. Use them as drinking glasses for your favorite beverages or cocktails. You can even use them as a homemade vase. The options are endless!
Wine Label Art
Wine labels can be sophisticated, colorful, whimsical or funky. The one thing they all have in common is that they make great art. All you need to do is remove the labels from your empty bottles. After that, you’ll have plenty of options for creating unique crafts. Here’s an easy guide to removing wine labels safely:
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the bottle in the over for 10-15 minutes, label side up.
- Use oven mitts to remove the bottle carefully and set it on a trivet or other surface that’s safe for very hot materials.
- The label should peel off easily from the hot bottle. Be very careful when working with the heated glass to prevent burns.
There are countless things you can do with wine labels that have been removed, but coasters and collages are two of the most popular projects. For coasters, you’ll need something to use as the base. Cork or tile pieces are great options, but you should be able to find plenty of options at your local craft or home improvement store (bonus points if you can use scrap materials from an old project!). From there, use extra-strength adhesive spray to attach the wine labels to the base. After they’re dry, apply a clear acrylic coating to create a water-resistant surface on top.
Wine label collages are even easier. Just use a poster board or piece of cardboard as the base. Then, just use Mod Podge to apply the labels in a fun design. Once they’re dried in place, apply another layer to create a sealer and finish on top.
These crafts are so fun to make that you’ll likely go through your wine bottle supply much faster than you use them up. If you’d like to create more wine crafts, ask friends to save their bottles, labels or corks for you. You can also get in touch with a local restaurant or bar to find out if they’d be willing to let you have their empty bottles. Either way, you’ll be able to replenish your stock faster for more crafting fun.