Don’t discard decorative liquor bottles; with a little ingenuity you can turn them into ornamental designs for your home and garden. Make the craft projects with glass liquor bottles for longevity and strength. Colored bottles enhance the design interest; if your favorite brand comes in a clear bottle, you can paint it with glass paint.
Slumped glass art is a popular craft project with liquor bottles, but you need a kiln to melt the glass properly. Place the liquor bottle on its side with the front facing up. As the glass melts, the bottle slumps nearly flat. Interior melted bottle décor includes hors d’oeuvre trays, candle holders and spoon rests, but you can also use the bottles in outdoor décor. Hang several slumped glass liquor bottles from a chunk of driftwood wood or a metal craft ring to create a set of wind chimes.
Lighting craft projects that you can make with liquor bottles include electric table lamps and twinkle garden lights. Purchase a bottle light kit from the hardware or craft store with a cork top insert to make a table lamp. Select one with the power cord exiting the lamp socket and there’s no need to drill a hole in the bottom of the bottle. Attach a harp and a lampshade to the socket to complete the lamp. To make twinkle garden lights, use a glass bottle cutter to make a hole in the back side of the liquor bottle, near the bottom. Insert a strand of twinkle lights inside the bottle through the hole; tape the end of the strand to the top rim. Leave the power cord outside the hole.
Create coffee and occasional tables with decorative liquor bottles as the legs. Stack and glue upright liquor bottles together with clear, waterproof construction adhesive. Stack as many bottles as you need to reach the desired height of the table. Make four legs of equal height. Glue the legs to the corners of a finished wood board, an old window or a serving tray to create the table.
Make a border for your flower or vegetable garden using inverted liquor bottles. Insert rebar rods into the ground around your garden bed. Leave a length of rebar extending from the ground to fit at least halfway inside the liquor bottle. Space the rebar poles at least as wide as the width of the bottles. Invert the bottles over the rebar to complete the border. If the bottles are wobbly, tape the top rim to the rebar pole with duct tape. You can bury this part of the bottle to camouflage the tape.
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