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Second Time Around: Repurposing Your Wine Bottles
I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected, not decorated, and that homes should always be as comfortable and functional as they are chic. In addition to writing for Houzz, I work as the Head Copywriter for Layla Grayce and Zinc Door.
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During the holiday season, doesn’t it seem everything goes down a little better with a sip of wine? (Ok, maybe not just during the holiday season.) Regardless, with the holidays in full festive bloom, you’re bound to have a few empty wine bottles around the house after a gathering or two. Instead of tossing them into recycling bins, consider how you may be able to repurpose them around your home. Between their unique shades of glass and artful labels, empty wine bottles can be just as distinct as full ones in the rack. Take a glance at the following photos to discover some new ways to rethink your wine bottles. Bottoms up!
Yep, you’re looking at a bottle tree. Who’da thunk? But it’s really a clever, interesting idea. Simply hang empty bottles on branches of a tree, and suddenly you have a very artful display. Recreate it indoors with a multi-peg standing coatrack.
Dying to add texture to a bathroom? What about a wine-bottle backsplash? Use a variety of bottles and colors for a mosaic-like feel.
Need a chandelier? Make one out of wine bottles! This homeowner cut the bottoms of the bottles, threaded wiring through the necks and suspended them from an old window shutter. Very clever, indeed!
Even empty wine or water bottles set in a row have a sense of charm to it. You can either use all the same type of bottle, or mix in several varieties for more of a vignette look.
WINE BOTTLE CANDELABRA, SET OF 2 - $35
This specific wine bottle candelabra is sold at Sundance, but you can easily make one yourself at home. That’s the great thing about wine bottles: they can double as anything from candle holders to vases.
I know these are small liquor bottles on these shelves, but how cool would it be to see lines of empty wine bottles against a backlight?
In many cases, the same types of displays created with unopened bottles of wine work just as well with empties. Instead of tossing the bottle that you pull and finish from this line-up, stick it right back where it came from. The glass itself will carry its own allure, and hopefully each empty bottle a story to remember.
Riddling racks are just as charming with empty wine bottles as they are with full. Intersperse empty within the full: the light will bounce off each differently, creating a unique visual display.
When you have a wine bottle opener as cool as this one, who cares if the bottle is full or empty! It will always appear super chic.
Don’t forget the cork! Collect them and create whatever your heart designers. This DIY’er used a shelf liner, hot glue and 175 wine corks to create a bathmat.
What’s a great finishing touch to any built-in bar area? A cork backsplash. It provides fabulous texture and certainly fits the bill.
We’ve all popped that bottle of champagne or opened that aged bottle of wine for a celebratory event. Remember those times by framing the cork in a shadow box. Memories for years to come!