Ever wonder what to do with those nifty glass soda bottles? The pretty ones that remind you of Annette Funicello beach movies. The kind that comes wrapped around tasty bubbles of root beer, cream soda, and real-sugar Coke. As of right now, you can stop chucking them in the trash.
As a raw crafting material, glass bottles are packed with potential. Plus once you’ve enjoyed drinking the contents – they are essentially free. Happy dance!! I’ve got small stockpile of soda bottles right here, ready and waiting. So I set my brain to creative marinate mode and bam! Out popped a list of 15 DIY projects for glass soda (or beer, gasp!) bottles…
- Wedding Table Decorations: As vases for florals, centerpieces to add a vintage or heirloom feel, or as unique place cards by writing the guest’s name directly on the glass.
- Flower or greenery vases with personality!
- Turn them into DIY hummingbird feeders (Google has a plethora of tutorials!).
- Display with other vintage/retro glassware on a bookcase or plant shelf.
- Fill with sand for weight and use as book ends.
- Room Freshener: Fill 3/4 full with water – then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or extract and set around the home.
- Spray paint white or black for a great way to embrace the black & white interior design trend. Try painting a few black; and a few white. Odd numbers of each look best. This is a truly simple project but the resulting impact is incredible. Trust me. You’ll be oozing adoration toward your crafty creation.
- Let your kids create their own flower vases! Decorate them with paints, permanent markers, puffy paint. Glue on foam letters. Add stickers. Get messy.
- Instant incense holders!
- For the Winter Holidays: Create sparkly snow vases by coating with glue/spray adhesive. Then roll in Epsom Salt, Rock Salt, or glitter!
- Frosted Glass: Spray with clear matte spray paint. The result looks like sea glass with a smooth-like-suede feel!
- Glow in the Dark: Paint with glow-in-the-dark paint (on the outside or inside). Charge under a light, outside, or on a windowsill.
- Place in your bed or bath room for a soft nightlight.
- Use as table centerpieces for a party.
- Add a bit of wire around the opening and hang the bottles from trees, your fence, or around your porch.
- I think these would also be incredible additions to Halloween decor!
- Bottle your own real Vanilla extract! First find a cork, stopper, or twist on cap for your bottle. If you don’t find one around the house, head to your local hardware store and dig ’round the bins. They are usually in the area with the loose nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc. You should find a bounty of rubber stoppers and cork stoppers in a gigaton of sizes.
- To make your Vanilla extract: Drop 3-4 dried Vanilla Beans into your bottle. Fill the bottle with vodka or a white rum. Stopper the bottle and set it aside for at least 3 months. Shake it up every week or two.
- Personally I use rum since I’m extremely allergic to vodka.
- Once you’ve used 1/4 to 1/3 of your extract, top it off with more vodka or rum. Shake it a bit and set aside for at least a week to let the extract darken back up. When your beans stop darkening the new top-offs, just drop in a new bean or two.
- Looking for even tastier vanilla? You’ve GOT to check out Beanilla.com. Best beans out there! Seriously. Lots of fantastic recipes including ones for Zambuca and Raspberry Buttermilk Popsicles! I frequently lose myself for hours on the Beanilla site. Oops.
- Faux Stained Glass, version 1: Grab some tissue paper in various colors, rip it up. I typically do either random roundish/squarish sections from 1-2 inches; or longer, narrow strips – completely up to you depending on how you want it to look. Mix some white PVA/school glue with warm water in a 1:1 ratio. Brush the watered down glue onto a section of tissue paper and place it on your bottle. Continue placing gluey tissue paper onto your bottle until it is fully covered. Overlap pieces for a more interesting look. If a piece rips, just squish it back into place to cover the rip, or layer another piece over the rip. Remember in this project, perfection is in the imperfect. Wrinkles, off-kilter, randomness – all are welcome!
- Faux Stained Glass, version 2: Pick out 5-7 colors of nail polish. Start painting sections of your bottle with one color – leaving space open around each color. Grab the second color and start painting in some of that open space. Repeat through the rest of the colors. You can paint random shapes, non-shapes, whatever. If you’d like something a bit more ordered or patterned – draw the pattern on the bottle *before* you start – pencil or a fine point Sharpie work wonderfully.
Consider this list a kick off point for ideas and inspiration to create goodies with your own glass bottle stash. Today I did numbers 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 15. Tomorrow I’ll be working on project #12. And you can bet your bippy that I’ll be doing #10 this Christmas!!
Do you have a favorite project, or use, for glass soda bottles? If you create any of these projects, or a completely different one, I’d love for you to share it with all the Bionic readers! Please post a link to a photo, or to your own blog article, in the comments below.
Stay cool Soda Pop,