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Green Your Life: Repurpose Your Extra Glass

8/23/2010 10:01:17 AM

Tags: green your life, dani hurst, repurposing, recycling, wine glasses, beer bottles, baby food jars, glass, custom glasses

Recycling your used glass is great, but repurposing it into something useful is even better.

Wine bottles

Wine bottles come in all shapes, sizes and colors, making them very versatile for repurposing.

deloach sauvignon blanc wine
Enjoy a few bottles of wine—and then repurpose the wine bottles! Photo By Laughing Squid/Courtesy Flickr. 

• Place empty wine bottles inside your boots when you’re not wearing them. This way, your boots won’t lose their shape or develop unwanted creases.

• Add a little color to any tabletop by arranging a simple flower bouquet inside a particularly unique wine bottle. If you like the glass but not the label, soak the wine bottle in warm water until the paper comes off. If there is still some residue, try rinsing with vinegar.

• If you have an empty wine bottle, you have an instant rolling pin. Just be sure to put a piece of plastic wrap between the wine bottle and what you’re rolling to prevent sticking.

Alcohol and beer bottles

The appeal of alcohol and beer bottles (even after they’re empty) is that they are resilient and often come with screw-on lids, which make them perfect for storage.

beer glasses
Cutting your own custom glasses from beer and wine bottles is just one of many ways you can repurpose your used glass. Photo by emma.maria/Courtesy Flickr. 

• Save money by making iced tea at home. If you don’t have a pitcher to store your iced tea, try funneling your tonic into an alcohol bottle with a screw-on lid for a more unique look. The glass will help keep your tea cold.

• Make custom drinking glasses out of your favorite beer or wine bottles. You’ll need to get a glass cutting kit (I’ve heard that Ephrem’s Bottle and Jar Cutter is the best), then you’re on your way to sipping from some sweet glasses.

• If you brew your own beer, you can keep your costs down by reusing glass bottles instead of buying new ones. You’ll have to invest in a bottle capper. Two rules to follow: the bottle must have already held a carbonated beverage, and you cannot use screw-top caps because they won’t be able to withstand the pressure. To be safe, follow all the bottling directions that come with your brewing kit.

Baby food jars

If you or someone you know has a baby, you know how quickly baby food jars can add up. Instead of letting them pile up in the recycling bin, use them as votive candle holders. The wax won’t drip onto your furniture, and you can keep reusing the jars—though you may need to scrape or melt the extra wax at the bottom.

baby food chandelier
Wow your guests with this rustic, DIY chandelier made from baby food jars. Photo By Susan Wasinger.

Try making a beautiful baby food chandelier. It’s a charming piece of recycled artwork that will garner compliments and start conversations every time you have guests over for dinner and drinks.

I received a pump glass bottle of lotion a few months ago, and when I realized that it was almost empty, I knew it was time to brainstorm new uses for the bottle. I narrowed down the options and decided to fill it with homemade liquid hand soap. This way, I can keep refilling the bottle with my own hand soap and I’ll never have to buy any at the store again.



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