Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I Don't Recycle - I Decorate....With Wine Bottles

Wine bottles. Spice jars. Olive oil bottles. Salsa jars. The most common food is often stored in the prettiest little bottles. When a bottle is empty, I gaze at it, clean it, and then use it to decorate my house.

Don't you?

Wait, are you telling me not everyone has empty wine bottles around their home?


At one point, my collection of wine bottles was getting a little out of hand. You may wonder why I didn't recycle them or even just toss them in the trash. That, my blogging friend, is a very good question. You see, I think I may have a problem. It stems from my inability to fathom spending inordinate amounts of money on pretty vases and other decorating items when I could use what I already have. A problem arises, then, when I pour the last drop of wine...or olive oil. When I shake the last flakes of dried spices or scoop out the last of the pesto I think to myself, "Wow, that's a pretty bottle. If my husband were to ever give me flowers, I could put one in this little spice jar and put it on my bedside table." That is how my out of control collection began.

I have been trying to part with my pretty little bottles, but it's hard! So, instead, I'm attempting to re-purpose them, make them appear a little more sophisticated, a little more in tune with my decorating style. For example, in the above picture of my living room I have three wine bottles on the end tables. I like to think they work better spray painted, etched, and hot glued.

recycle wine bottles decorating

Here are some examples of my re-purposed bottles:

I'm also in the process of altering some spice jar by making faux milk glass vases...more on those later.

Is there anyone else out there who hoards glass jars and bottles or am I the only one?


Anonymous said...

All you have to do is look at my kitchen windowsill for the answer to your question.
I like the little green bird on your end table and those etched bottles are beautiful!
Love, Mom

Unknown said...

It for sure runs in the family. Nothing wrong with a pretty bottle!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

You did a beautiful job re-purposing the wine bottles using twine, paint, and etching. Very pretty. I can see that my use of beer bottles is nothing new for you.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Have you done a tutorial on how you did the etching on the bottle with the wavy lines around it? It is gorgeous and I bet others would also be interested to know how you made it.

Lisa said...

Looks great!

Katy @ Lolly Linens said...

I am the same way about glass bottles and jars! I thought I was the only one that did this :)
Love your blog!

Angie @ Thrifty Like Me said...

These are great! I've been hoarding bottles for a few years now and have never done anything with them. I have got to try this! Thanks!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ahhh I love love the recycled wine bottles wine the twine around them! What a great idea!

Delighted momma

The Peacock's Tale said...

I'm a fan of this idea. I also do the same thing. I'm loving all your Peacock touches!!

Diana said...

I love this! I'm going to try this myself!

ranch house plans said...

Simplicity is the main concept. Pretty looking vases by the way.

like a sandwich said...

I would love to do same with my wine bottles - particularly the white and twine look. Any suggestions as to what paint to use?

Linda Miller said...

Uh...yes mam, I have the same problem, and a cabinet full of wine bottles (I do likes my wine!). Will be trying those white ones with twine very soon--thinking to hold soap next to the kitchen sink. The twine will give it a good grip. Now to figure out what to do with the other 84 bottles....

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