We teamed up with A to Z Wineworks—a certified B-Corp known for their food-friendly wines made in Oregon—to highlight creative ways to repurpose their 2020 Rosé and Riesling bottles after the last glass has been poured.
Does anyone else feel a twinge of regret whenever you put a glass jar or bottle in the recycling bin? It seems like each time, a little voice in the back of my head pops up and says, “But just think of what you could make!” It’s easier parting with bottles that are nondescript, but when I come across a bottle with an interesting shape, color, or design my mind starts whirring with ideas of how it could be repurposed.
The A to Z Wineworks’ Riesling and Rosé bottles, for example, are ones you’d find reasons to hold on to: Their floral designs are screen-printed, so you don’t have to spend an hour soaking off the label and can get right to crafting—plus, the beautiful pattern brings an extra bit of flair to the finished product. I should also add that both wines make great summertime sips (they’re great to cook with, too), so you’ll have no problem coming up with an empty bottle or two.
Ready to get DIY-ing? Here are seven creative project ideas for your leftover wine bottles—from sleek, sophisticated candle holders to a one-of-a-kind lamp.
Grab yourself a bottle cutter, some sandpaper, and a plant (or fresh flowers) to make a cute upcycled planter—all you need to do is remove the top section of the bottle where it starts to curve. If you’re using one of the A to Z Wineworks bottles, make sure to preserve as much of the beautiful botanical illustration as you can. If you want to skip the bottle-cutting, you can also try the string-and-acetone method or a glass cutter; you can even use the bottle as-is for propagating your plants and holding single-stem blooms.
2. Makeup Brush Holder
Another easy way to reuse these bottles is to cut them down to a cup and use as a makeup brush holder—an aesthetically pleasing upgrade to any vanity situation. You can use these to hold other items around the house, too, like silverware, pens and pencils, the list goes on.
3. Bird feeder
An upside-down wine bottle makes a sturdy vessel for holding bird seeds, and the flowery design on the A to Z bottles would feel right at home under a tree or in the garden. There are two ways you can do this: by crafting a more traditional-looking birdhouse with wood around the bottle; or wrapping wire around the bottle and adding a soda bottle bird feeder.
Let there be light! Use a diamond or carbide drill bit to drill a small hole on the side of the bottle. Then, thread your lamp wiring through the hole and up to the top. Add a cute shade, stick your new lamp on top of your bar cart or cabinet, and— voila—a statement-making accent piece.
Now this DIY can be as simple as rinsing out the bottle and sticking a taper candle in it. To take it to the next level, however, you can either: cut the the bottle and make a candle votive or container for a homemade poured candle, or—one of my favorites—cut just the neck of the bottle for sophisticated candle sticks. The A to Z Wineworks Rosé bottle is an especially great option for housing homemade poured candles since the wax provides a solid backdrop for the screen-printed design.
6. Wine Glass Holder
Create a wine glass caddy with just a wine bottle and some wood. Use a drill to make a hole in the wood that’s the same size as the width of the wine bottle’s neck and create notches for the wine glasses to slide into.
7. Charcuterie Boards
Wine and charcuterie boards are like peanut butter and jelly: a match made in food heaven. To make an elevated charcuterie board (or portable picnic table) with empty wine bottles, drill a couple holes in a nice piece of wood where the table’s legs would go and slot in the wine bottles to make the whole thing stand up—similar to this.
In partnership with A to Z Wineworks, we're highlighting delicious ways to use their 2020 Rosé and Riesling in the kitchen—and when the bottle's empty, in creative DIY projects for the whole house. These beautiful, versatile wines highlight the essence of Oregon by widely sourcing grapes from diverse vineyards across the state. The best part: A to Z Wineworks is a certified B-Corp, which means they maintain the highest standards of economic, environmental, and social responsibility as a company.