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22 DIY Ways To Reuse Empty Booze Bottles

Whether you're stuck inside during the hurricane with nothing to do but drink (and "work from home"), or just happen to have a whole bunch of empty bottles, you can make these easy projects even if the power goes out.

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Before trying most of these projects, you'll want to remove the label from your bottle (unless you want an eternal reminder that you've been drinking rosé from the $5.99 bin). Creative Jewish Mom has some great tips on how to go about doing that. Also, it should go without saying that you don't actually have to use alcohol bottles.


4. Make a lamp:

The obvious irony here is that you won't be able to test if it works until the power comes back on, but it'll give you something to look forward to (besides the sweet knowledge of your own survival). Find out how at Instructables; use hardware from an old lamp you don't like anymore instead of buying new stuff from the hardware store.

6. Use nail polish to paint more intricate designs:

Some tips for painting with polish here. You might want to use a smaller bottle, like one for beer or soda, since the nail polish might run out quicker than you'd think. Also, be careful of fumes!


9. Wrap a bottle in tape before painting it to achieve this cool negative-space effect.

Varying the width of the tape strips will make the pattern appear random, like in this example, and you could also create stripes or some kind of picture with evenly spaced tape. Spray paint works best for this project, but if you don't have any on hand, any white paint will do.


10. Why stop at a vase? Use newspaper to make a bouquet of flowers that will never, ever die.

Cut a rectangular piece of newspaper that's about twice as long as the bottle. Wrap and secure around the bottle and cut the remaining newspaper at the top into strips around 1 1/2 inches wide. Run the edge of a scissor blade firmly but gently along each strip in order to curl it. Acknowledge that you've gone a little insane if you're already attempting to recreate living things out of your own garbage.

11. There is an unbelievably cool trick to cutting bottles that requires nothing but cotton string, acetone nail polish remover, and a candle or lighter:

View this video on YouTube

This is witchcraft. Seriously, though, be so careful when doing this; keep the bottle of polish remover far, far away from the flame. Make sure you have plenty of water on hand, and work slowly so you don't cut yourself. An emery board will help sand down any sharp edges (who knew DIY manicures and at-home glasswork had so much in common?).


14. Again: You have wine. You have candles. Voilá, you have art.

If your candle is too wide to fit in the neck of your bottle, melt the bottom of the candle with another one. Melting the wax slightly will also help it stick better.


18. Use spare drawer pulls to turn corks into reusable bottle stoppers:

Directions from The Spotted Fox. Side note: A few years ago I replaced the hardware on my Target bedside table with the drawer pull on the right, and it was a life-altering decision.

21. Make a meta wine bottle out of corks:

This example makes use of a wire outline for structure and support, but you can glue the corks directly together. Start at the "base" of the "bottle" and work upward, adding corks in horizontal layers.

22. Don't forget to remind the people you love that you love them!

And nothing says "I love you" like a gigantic heart made from remnants of all the booze you've consumed together. Just like the above project, start from the bottom and work your way up in rows.

Also: Save the bees.