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10 Fun Ways To Upcycle Empty Booze Bottles

Enjoying a libation or ten with friends can be fun, but the next day you're left with a heavy head and a heavy load of bottles and cans to clean up.

Depending on how much you and your friends drank the night before you might end up with hundreds of bottles bound for the recycling bin, and that thing can fill up fast when your friends are heavy drinkers.

So maybe it's time to do something else with some, if not all, of those bottles. If you're a drinker and a crafter then you should be upcycling those used booze bottles into something aesthetically pleasing and useful.

Here are ten fun projects that turn bottle trash into home decor treasure-

1. Beer Bottle Tumblers-

We'll start this list with a quick and easy project, which will ease you in to working with glass and give you something cool to drink out of. Making tumblers out of beer bottles, or most glass bottles for that matter, is simple and requires simple things like string and acetone that you probably already have sitting around the house.

Beer Bottle Tumbler Tutorial Link

See also: BottleHood Beer Bottle Tumblers over at the NeatoShop.

2. Wine Bottle Tiki Torch-

This quick and easy tutorial will help you turn virtually any glass bottle into a cool and classy tiki torch, so that warm and fuzzy buzz will be accompanied by the warm glow of a flickering flame.

Wine Bottle Tiki Torch Tutorial Link

3. Glass Bottle Serving Tray-

Glass bottle trays can be used for cutting, serving or displaying, and they look so unique your guests are sure to wonder "how did you flatten out a bottle like that?"

Well, in order to "slump" a bottle and turn it into a flattened serving tray you'll need access to a kiln, but the rest of the process is a breeze. There is a bit of trial and error involved though, so feel free to experiment and don't use your best bottle the first time around.

Recycled Glass Bottle Serving Tray Link

4. Booze Bottle Chandelier-

Want to fancy up your fortress without dropping buku bucks on a crystal chandelier? Turn those old bottles from parties of yore into a swanky bottle chandelier.

This is far from the easiest tutorial in the bunch, and requires basic knowledge of wiring and bottle cutting, so make sure you have all the right tools and skills before you get started.

Booze Bottle Chandelier Tutorial Link

5. Tequila Bottle Hummingbird Feeder-

Tequila bottles often have a unique shape that limits their usability for craft projects, but the shape looks great when it's hanging upside down feeding nectar to hungry hummingbirds!

Tequila Bottle Hummingbird Feeder Tutorial Link

6. Booze Bottle Lamp-

Once you've learned how easy it is to turn any bottle in your house into a lamp, providing you have a diamond core drill bit and a lamp fitting, your house will soon be filled with light...and swanky bottle lamps!

Booze Bottle Lamp Tutorial Link

7. Wine Bottle Garden Barrier-

A wine bottle barrier can add a simple yet simply elegant look to your yard or garden, and it's downright simple to put together yet lasts for decades to come.

Wine Bottle Garden Barrier Tutorial Link

8. Booze Bottle Planter With Grow Light-

It's easy to use a bottle with the neck cut off as a planter, but this clever tutorial combines a bottle planter bottom with a neck lamp top, so you can grow plants anywhere you have an available outlet in your house. Now go forth and grow a fresh herb garden on your countertop!

Booze Bottle Planter With Grow Light Tutorial Link

9. 40 Oz. Aquarium-

This is more of an idea than a project, but if you're one of those lucky pet lovers who can manage to keep goldfish alive for more than a few days then why not give those little swimmers a tall, cool bottle to call home?

10. Colorful Bottle Wall-

Looking to add a wall or fence to divide an outdoor space? Then you should strongly consider putting up a colorful and sparkly bottle wall, so it can catch the afternoon light just right and add a glassy glow to your garden.

(YouTube Link)

So the next time you have friends over for high spirits and hijinks you can look at the bottles left behind not as a mess to clean up, but rather as the raw materials needed for new crafting projects!


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For anyone considering the fish tank one -- don't.

Fish like that betta need, at minimum, 5 gallons of water to stay healthy. And that's assuming it's getting cleaned every few days. The fish in that photo is likely swimming in its own waste products. That's not even touching the one with multiple fish in it.

Yes, it looks cool, and might make a good travel tank, if you're taking your fish with you when you go home from college. But please, please don't make that a permanent home.
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