10 Uses for Wine Bottles
Spare yourself hefty recycling bins and repurpose wine bottles with these ideas
'Tis the season when recycling bins runneth over. Lighten the load with these attractive and useful projects and pointers.
To make a slow-drip irrigator, drill a ¼-inch hole through a cork and stopper a water-filled bottle. Press the whole thing neck-first into well-hydrated soil.
Fill a bottle to its label with water and hold it bottom-down atop a picture or mirror frame. Adjust the frame until the water's meniscus is aligned with the label's edge.
Tuck bottles into the shafts of winter footwear so that they'll stay upright in a closet or mudroom.
Feed a 50-light string (get the kind with just one plug) into a hole drilled in a bottle's side. We used a ¾-inch tile bit, then enlarged and smoothed the hole with a conical grinding stone.
Fill a bottle that has special meaning with sand for a keepsake that doubles as a bookend.
Use a wine bottle to store stone dust, and dispense the dust to fill the joints between the flagstones or bluestones of a terrace or walkway.
To float shelves about a foot apart, use wine bottles as a spacer. Put up one shelf, then place two bottles of the same type near its ends. Rest the next plank atop them and mark its location. Remove the bottles and continue installation.
Stockpile empties until spring. Excavate an 8-inch-deep trench and bury bottles neck-first, leaving exposed bottoms to glint in the sun.
A bottle makes a sturdy spool on which to reverse-roll wallpaper or shelf paper to smooth it flat before applying it.