Every time the glass recycling bin is full and ready to take to the recycling center, a battle rages in my mind.
‘Couldn’t I do something with these bottles?’ ‘Will I need them for a future craft project?’ ‘I hate just getting rid of them, even if I am recycling them.’ ‘Is there a way to reuse them?’ Also, ‘Am I a hoarder?’
I never want to miss an opportunity to upcycle something. Who knows what beautiful project those sticky glass bottles could become? If you too are reluctant to part with items that you could potentially repurpose, reuse or upcycle into something amazing, I have a project for you.
While you can’t save every glass bottle in your recycling bin, you can make (a few of) these DIY rope-wrapped bottles. Go grab a few lucky bottles from your bin and let’s get started.
So, you already have your glass bottles, but you’ll also need rope and a hot glue gun. I used leftover rope from when I turned this old dresser drawer into a wine rack, but there was only enough to cover one bottle. I purchased this sisal rope from Home Depot to finish the other two bottles.
What you’ll need:
– Glass bottles
– Rope (I got mine from Home Depot)
– Hot glue gun
How to make a DIY rope-wrapped bottle
The process is pretty straightforward. Start at the bottom of your bottle and begin hot gluing and wrapping your rope around the bottle. Take your time and make sure you don’t leave any cracks between the rope strands.
To finish off, loop the rope around all the way to the very top of the bottle. Keep going until there’s no bottle left. Snip off the end of the rope. Put a dollop of hot glue on the end of the rope and tuck it inside the bottle to make it stay. This way, you’ll completely cover all of the glass.
It’s so satisfying to see that simple Snapple bottle completely transformed.
(Side note: If you don’t want to risk the bottle label peeking through, remove it before you get started. Easily remove labels by running the bottles through the dishwasher or rubbing them with a scrub brush.)
When used as vases, these rope-wrapped bottles can add a farmhouse feel to your home. The rope is rustic and perfectly neutral, so these bottles can fit into the décor in any room.
I used fake greenery that I bought at the Dollar Tree to dress up the bottles. Normally, I’m not into fake plants, but I wanted to brighten up a dark bathroom that doesn’t get enough sunlight to support live plants. These bottle vases and fake, spiky greenery were the perfect solution.
And there you have it. That’s how I rescued a few glass bottles from the recycling bin. The rest went to the recycling center because, I mean, you can only have so many rope-wrapped bottles, easy boot shapers and bracelet holders. But I’m sure I’ll come up with more ways to use glass bottles in the future!